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Neiman Marcus Group CEO Geoffroy van Raemdonck honored with the late Virgil Abloh at the Fashion Scholarship Fund FSF Live Event supporting the next generation of industry leaders

Late designer, fashion industry leader and global pioneer, Virgil Ablohwas honored alongside van Raemdonck for his impact in promoting equity and inclusion in the fashion industry, including through the establishment of his “post-modern” scholarship fund at the benefit of black students. FSF LIVE, the organization’s annual fundraiser, was held at The Glasshouse in New York City on April 11bringing together industry leaders, alumni, educators, mentors and supporters, while celebrating the class of 2022 of 123 scholars, including 23 recipients of the Virgil Abloh™ “Post-Modern” scholarship fund.

“I am honored to be honored at FSF LIVE. I believe that passion, along with presenting yourself as authentic, leads to success. When you are passionate about what you do, you will undoubtedly devote your time, effort, and energy to going above and beyond in everything you do. As an openly gay CEO in the luxury fashion industry, I believe that when you show who you are, proudly and fearlessly, you have the freedom to focus your energy solely on creating a positive impact. Your honesty and transparency will help foster trusting relationships and pave the way for success. I hope to share these values ​​with the next generation of fashion industry leaders,” says CEO Geoffrey van Raemdonck.

As part of the celebrations, NMG and the FSF hosted the FSF Fellows at the Bergdorf Goodman Lighthouse before the FSF LIVE event on April 11. Fellows attended a panel on the topic of careers in fashion featuring Linda FargoSVP Fashion and Store Presentation, Bergdorf Goodman, Bruce Paskdirector of menswear, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman, Paolo RivaGM, Brand partnerships & merchandising, Neiman Marcus, Ali MizeDirector, ESG, Membership and Corporate Philanthropy, Neiman Marcus Group, and Mecca Hodge, Assistant Buyer, Neiman Marcus and 2021 Recipient of the Virgil Abloh™ “Post-Modern” Fellowship, followed by an exclusive guided tour of the iconic New York-based luxury boutique. The panel was moderated by Lana TodorovitchPresident and Chief Marketing Officer, Neiman Marcusand Board Member, Fashion Scholarship Fund, and Peter ArnoldExecutive Director, Fashion Scholarship Fund.

“NMG has been a trusted partner in the FSF’s work to promote diversity in the fashion industry by mentoring and preparing the next generation of industry talent. The commitment and dedication of Geoffroy, Lana and NMG to uplift and empower emerging talent in the fashion industry have fostered creativity and community that will leave a lasting impact on the FSF and our scholars,” says Arnold.

Since 2019, the Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation has been a proud partner of the Fashion Scholarship Fund, helping fund scholarships, promote diversity in the fashion industry, nurture emerging talent through the Executive Development Program (EDP) of the company and to provide executive leadership to the FSF Board of Directors, including, Lana Todorovitch served on the Board of Directors for four years, fully supporting their mission.

Start February 2022, NMG launched a three-month point-of-sale fundraising campaign at all 37 Neiman Marcus stores, raising proceeds to be donated directly to the Virgil Abloh “Post-Modern” Fellowship, as well as to help establish a new co-brand scholarship between Neiman Marcus Group and the Fashion Scholarship Fund to support diverse young people studying sustainable and ethical fashion. NMG also hosted a panel of industry leaders who celebrated the legacy of Virgil Ablohand the company’s commitment to black talent in the fashion industry, moderated by Nikki Ogunnaikedigital director, Harper’s Bazaar. Van Raemdonck he himself championed NMG’s partnership with the FSF and worked to raise the next generation of fashion industry leaders, encouraging those from all walks of life to pursue their passions and create change in the industry.

Images from the event can be downloaded here: https://neimanmarcus.box.com/s/tol9fjnzgis41olm9dr92jxgrsvfu967

To learn more about the philanthropic work of NMG and the Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation, visit www.neimanmarcusgroup.com/ESG.

About Neiman Marcus Group, LLC
Neiman Marcus Group is a relational company. We lovingly direct everything we do for our customers, associates, brand partners and communities. Our integrated luxury commerce strategy is about building long-term relationships. It is this connection that creates emotional potential and great lifelong value with all those we serve. Thanks to the expertise of our more than 9,000 associates, we deliver on our three channels of in-store sales, e-commerce and remote sales. Investments in data and technology enable us to develop a personalized luxury experience. Our brands include Neiman MarcusBergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus Last Call, and Horchow. For more information, visit www.neimanmarcusgroup.com.

About the Fashion Scholarship Fund
The Fashion Scholarship Fund is the leading nonprofit organization focused on education and workforce development in the United States. The FSF works directly with the country’s most talented young students, from diverse backgrounds and winners. $1 million each year in scholarships to help these students succeed in all areas of industry, including design, merchandising, marketing analytics, and supply chain. The FSF also offers scholars a wide range of internship and career opportunities, mentorship, networking, professional development, and unparalleled access to the industry’s most influential leaders and companies.

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