Senior Mya Harris one of five students from historically Black colleges and universities across the country who interned for Urban Outfitters’ Summer Class of 2022.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A North Carolina A&T State University student’s dreams have become a reality.

Fashion and Design student Mya Harris got the chance to design for a major fashion brand Urban Outfitters. 

“It’s really cool to me just to see my product come to life,” Mya Harris said. 

Harris said she is styling history her way.

She designed a six-piece clothing line— paying tribute to her school North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

“I just wanted to make sure whatever I put on here and once it’s out that it represents it in the best way possible.”

Harris is one of five students from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across the country who interned for Urban Outfitters.

The familiar blue and gold are seen throughout her collection.

Each item uniquely shows the university and its history. Being an Aggie is something Harris said propelled her as a designer by taking what she learned in the classroom and applying it in the real world.

“It’s great to learn the things in the classroom but to actually see it and physically be able to do it are two different things. It really puts the two together.”

Harris is the second NC A&T student to design for a major fashion brand. In 2021, fashion major U’lia Hargrove designed her line of Aggie-inspired apparel for the Summer Class’ inaugural program in 2021. A year later, Samya Gilliam-Frazier, another alumna of the fashion merchandising and design department, designed a clothing line for Bohemian fashion and lifestyle retailer Free People.

She said it’s shedding light on the new history being made by students.

“It speaks a lot of volumes. We are getting our voices out there and making sure our schools are being seen. [We’re] making sure our students are getting opportunities they deserve, really pushing industry standards,” Harris said. 

Associate Professor Elizabeth Newcomb-Hopfer, Ph.D., praised Harris’ ability to merge her vision with the Urban Outfitters brand.

“We teach students about the complexities involved in product development across the supply chain,” Newcomb-Hopfer said, “but the teaching comes to life when students work through this transformation in their internships.”

To view Harris’ line and the full Summer Class ‘22 collection, click HERE.  

Proceeds from the collection support a $55,000 donation to participating HBCUs, according to Urban Outfitters’ website.

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