Détroit is the New Black was founded by Roslyn Karamoko in 2014 as a community-centric platform with a vision to elevate emerging Black-owned brands. Détroit is the New Black has become a driving force for positive entrepreneurial and communal impact across the city of Detroit. Détroit is the New Black is more than a clothing brand, it is a concept rooted in community. Once a humble, grassroots, African American fashion story that started out of the N’Namdi Center for Arts, has since become known as an innovative distribution platform incubating, supporting, and uplifting some of the city’s most talented underrepresented founders and their brands.
Founder & CEO
Roslyn is the founder, CEO and driving force behind Détroit is the New Black. Roslyn acquired a B.A. in Fashion Merchandising from Howard University. She lectured at Wayne State University and guest lectured at the London College of Fashion. She spent the early part of her career in the buying office at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City then was recruited by EU eCommerce giant, Rocket Internet GMBH to head buying operations in SE Asia.
Called “The Motor City’s Hottest Designer” by TIME Magazine, Roslyn is the brainchild behind Detroit’s premier label and concept Détroit is the New Black. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, The Wall Street Journal, W Magazine, GOOP & ELLE. She was honored as a Crain’s Business 40 Under 40 recipient in 2019 and was a selected member of the 2020 Detroit Month of Design Curatorial Committee. She currently serves on the Charles Wright Museum of African American History Advisory Council. Roslyn has recently joined national retailer Neighborhood Goods as their VP of Business Strategy & Development.