MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) – The popular ‘Cross Colours’ clothing line took off in the 90s with the aim of impacting the fashion industry with its positive messages. It has now made its way to the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience as a new exhibit.
The MAX pays homage to designers Patrick Kelly and Thomas “TJ” Walker in the exhibit which features clothing, sketches and related ephemera.
“It’s almost like going back to basics. It’s basically a homecoming for me – being here originally and coming back after all these years. It’s amazing to have an exhibit that shows the hard work and everything we’ve done over the past 30 years,” Walker said.
Toomsuba native Walker launched the brand in 1989 with fashion designer partner Carl Jones.
“Carl Jones gave me my first job in Los Angeles, and we’re still business partners today. The brand was so successful that several things launched the brand. One thing that made the brand pivot or take off to make it known was when it was displayed on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Will Smith wore the product,” Walker said.
Walker and Kelly’s clothes have been worn by many celebrities like Bruno Mars, Cardi B and many more.
“Cross Colors is back. The big thing that helped people realize we’re back was Bruno Mars and Cardi B. Those two individuals — when they wore those clothes during the Grammy’s on stage. It was amazing,” Walker said.
Cross Colors helped establish a black youth-based fashion market with the message of bias-free clothing.
“We certainly realized very early on that you had to surround yourself with young people to know what to give them because they would let you know. That’s what we did in the 90s, and we still do it today. They really run the business. Without them and the strong time we have, we wouldn’t have made it,” Walker said.
The exhibition will end on January 8.
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