Phillip Lim talks about social impact at FNAA 2021 – Footwear News


Phillip Lim called on the fashion world to keep fighting for underserved and underrepresented communities by accepting the social impact award at FN’s 2021 FNAA. Lim was honored to be one of the leading voices in the fashion community to speak out against hate crimes and violence against Asians, and garnered the attention and funding needed for the cause.

Lim received the award from fellow fashion designer and voice of the #STOPASIANHATE movement, Prabal Gurung, who said that while “Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial or ethnic group in the American electorate , but somehow we’ve always been made insignificant or invisible. That’s why I think we can never be too bold or too strong, like security, inclusiveness and acceptance So how can we act In the case of my dearest friend Phillip Lim, out of love and showing up for the community through the powerful vision of building a stronger one.

“Pretty American,” that’s how described him in 2013, ”says Gurung of his friend Lim. “It was true then, and yes, it is true now. But if I want to write this article today, I’ll put out a few more words. Resolute, determined, focused, visionary, compassionate, a revolutionary, community builder, a good son, a great leader, a great friend, a nurturer and most of all, personally, for me, my safe space.

“It’s easy to be woken up and be a leader in a scorching time when the whole world and culture are excited about the trend, it’s very important for a lot of noise and to be loud,” Gurung adds. “But what is really difficult but vital is the revolution that is really happening because the real leaders have not given up on the method, but rather in a consistent, calm and determined manner and continue to present themselves for those who are. considered invisible. It’s Phillip Lim.

In accepting the award, Lim admits that he is “beyond the humility of being in a play of such inspiring people. You have inspired me so much and in everything you do.”

“But just to keep a hundred.” I’m not an activist, but I was activated, ”Lim says. “I never intended to be in front, but I understood that I had to bend over and use my space to raise awareness and participate in the work. I am proud of the work we have accomplished. This #STOPASIANHATE turned into an amazing move from a very dark moment.

Lim adds, “This award really belongs to the activist. Guardian angels do the work each day to ensure that justice and decency are in balance for all. I can only accept this recognition on their behalf, and it is an honor for me to stand here to represent them.

“There is power in speaking out and standing up for what you believe in,” he says. “I call on the fashion community and everyone in this room and beyond to continue to fight for our communities and the underserved. It’s up to us, to each individual, to each community to present ourselves in a way that will create lasting progress. “

Together with Musa Tariq, Bing Chen, Robecta Ma and Vinh Long Nguyen, Lim has put together a comprehensive GoFundMe initiative that supports Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations (AAPI) across the United States. So far, the fund has raised nearly $ 7 million and has been able to assist and donate resources to victims of hate crimes, small businesses, various AAPI communities and local organizations.

In a heartfelt letter Lim wrote for the Nov. 29 issue of FN, Lim reflected on the past year and all that has happened in the community. He wrote that “as a leader and with a platform I feel a great sense of responsibility to do what is right. It was never a question of putting myself forward, only of the cause.

Lim reiterated in the letter that he never intended to become an “activist”, nor does he consider himself to be one. “I am just a human being who has been activated. It took me years to try to fit in, experience the constant ‘otherness’, racial microaggressions and always be called the ‘Asian American’ designer to get me here. I am an American and a human being, ”he wrote.

For 35 years, the annual FN Achievement Awards – often referred to as the “Shoe Oscars” – have celebrated fashion stars, top brand stories, ardent philanthropists, emerging talent and industry veterans. The 2021 event is supported by main sponsor Nordstrom, as well as Authentic Brands Group, FDRA, Informa, On and Wolverine Worldwide.


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