Pyer Moss’ Kerby Jean-Raymond Talks His New Marshall “Major” Taylor-Inspired Capsule Collection

The menswear designer just unveiled a cycling-influenced lineup in partnership with Hennessy

Kerby Jean-Raymond wants to celebrate and explore America’s unsung heroes through his five-year-old menswear label, Pyer Moss.

His latest collection—a capsule designed in collaboration with cognac house Hennessy—does just that. Inspired by Marshall “Major” Taylor, a cyclist who broke records as the first African American athlete to become a world champion, the five-piece lineup is simple and non-fussy, with breathable nylon fabrics, pops of mustard yellow and teal, and silhouettes reminiscent of vintage cycling uniforms. Ranging from $100 for a cap to $300 for joggers, a portion of the proceeds will go to the National Brotherhood of Cyclists. The collection will be available online starting in June.

“This isn’t really something I expected to do,” Jean-Raymond told Fashion Unfiltered at the unveiling of the capsule collection last night. “But the meaning behind it and the charitable component really made sense for me and for the brand, and it wasn’t a hard sell once I knew who it could benefit.”

The 31-year-old designer added that he jumped at the opportunity when Hennessy approached him because he was already aware of Taylor’s little-known legacy. “I was an Africana Studies minor in college and heard a bit about his story then,” he said. “But it was a quick curriculum hit and I’d never heard about him in pop culture or movies or anything. When [Hennessy] brought it up, I was like, Wow.”

The collection is also personal for him as he has a background in motorcycle-riding. “I’ve broken enough bones that I don’t ride them as much as I used to, but I still ride bicycles,” he said, adding that the collection is a “revised and rebooted” version of his inaugural collection in 2013, also inspired by cycling.

“The whole point of my journey with Pyer Moss is to explore people who identify with different races, sexualities, whatever,” he said. “This collection is just another part of that—it’s about showing the rest of America what minorities contribute to the country as we know it.”

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