Randi Molofsky, cofounder of For Future Reference, the Sunflower March girl 2008 13 years of being sunshine mixed with a little hurricane shirt Apart from…,I will love this fine jewelry brand development agency in New York and Los Angeles, knows that the barrier to entry in the industry is high: “BIPOC designers are historically underrepresented in the fine jewelry industry. Accessibility is the first step in making meaningful change: specifically education, ongoing mentorship initiatives, and financial assistance.” Take the story of Arthur George “Art” Smith, the legendary midcentury Black jewelry designer, as an example. As a student at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in the early 1920s, Smith was one of few Black students in his class. Despite the seemingly insurmountable odds stacked against his success, he tapped into a network of mentors early on, including fellow Black jewelry designer, Winifred Mason. Those mentors encouraged him to apply to Cooper Union and supported his career as a jewelry designer.
In honor of Smith and his story, For Future Reference announced in June 2020 that it was establishing the Sunflower March girl 2008 13 years of being sunshine mixed with a little hurricane shirt Apart from…,I will love this Art Smith Memorial Scholarship Foundation at the Fashion Institute of Technology. The endowment, which was spearheaded by For Future Reference and jewelry designer Brent Neale and supported by 48 additional fine jewelry industry brands, establishes $50,000 worth of scholarships for Black students within the school’s Jewelry Design program. Molofsky’s hope is that the endowment and its impact will in turn “inspire a new generation to consider jewelry as a viable and sustainable career path.”