Women Of Style 2020: Angela Brantley and Rhea Fernandez Are Expanding Horizons

By J.P. Anderson | September 13, 2020 | People

Style is a state of mind and fashion a means of expression, which is all the more important in our rapidly changing world. We check in with Chicago's sartorial stars for some words of wisdom.

Angela Brantley and Rhea Fernandez, co-founders, HERO/BLACK

The biggest change in my life since I was featured in 2016 is…. RF: We moved to Los Angeles!

For me, 2020 has brought… AB: A great deal of change. Between COVID-19 and the incessant racism in this country that can no longer be ignored, 2020 has been a year of deep reflection and raising my own personal awareness.

This year has taught me… RF: To be patient, adjust to a new way of life and be less reactive.

What I’m most passionate about right now is… AB: Black joy, Black love, Black lives.

My proudest achievement is… AB: Creating a brand that we believe in and watching it grow.

Since I was featured, my style has changed by… RF: Becoming more playful.

My favorite designers of the moment are… AB: Telfar, Mowalola, Pyer Moss and No Sesso. RF: Margiela, Area, Fenty, GCDS and LaQuan Smith.

I am supporting my local community by… AB: Paying closer attention to my investment in my own community, donating to causes that are fighting for change, shopping locally and independently, and having thoughtful dialogue with others even when it’s uncomfortable. RF: Making donations, having tough conversations and uplifting my friends.

My hope for the future is… AB: To do as much as we can to uplift and support creatives of color who are so often marginalized while also being appropriated from. RF: A world where we’re all truly equal.

Photography by: Quinn Wharton