I met Marcus Ledbetter at our 2015 Live Free Magazine Annual Gala and recognized at rst glance he has a unique sense of style and class. So when I was looking for someone to feature this month to inspire men’s fashion, he came to mind. His fashion sense is classic and timeless, personally is right up my alley. When you buy an addition to your wardrobe, select piece that will last season after season is de antly the way to go. Ledbetter is an alumni of A & T State University with a BS in Fashion Mer- chandising & Marketing and a BS in Fashion Design degree. He stated that he wanted to do more than just Fashion Merchandising. Ledbetter is also very community focused, holding community leadership roles as the Chairman Folk Festival- Grand Master Flash from NY featuring music genres such as, rock, gospel, rap, go-go, a free event held in Greensboro, NC. This event was originated in Washington DC and Virginia. Ledbetter is a true philan- thropist!
In the winter of 2015 the Interna- tional Civil right museum reach out to Marcus to work with them to support them in brand building. Their goal was to provide outreach in the community they serve. Marcus presented an opportunity for local businesses to sponsor their display window in the front entrance of the museum. Reaching out to corporations like Starbuck, Brooks Brothers and Dillard’s to name a few, with the idea of New York holiday windows that caught participants eye. Ledbetter has produced the mu- seums’ Christmas, Gala, and Black History month displays. I personally look forward to more of his designs. “I do it for the purpose and not the people” stated Ledbetter. He is now working towards April display with the theme “Music, Jazz, and poetry.” He is inspired by designers such as “Ralph Lauren.” “You have to invest in good pieces of art which never go out of style” shared Marcus. Some of his fav’s are Valentino, Oscar Della Renta, Tom Ford, Marc Jacob’s, Michael Khors. Ledbetter is very creative person; he attributes his creative style from the male role models in his life which is his Uncle Willie, cousin Sonnie, Ken and his Grandfather. “They would work hard all week but when Sunday came they look like they were GQ mod- els,” said Ledbetter. He also men- tioned that his mom always had him in argyle, and the brand Lacoste. “I dress for myself, they bene t of see- ing it” he boasts! Being an African American male, going to an Historically Black Col- lege or University has its challenges. The fashion industry doesn’t look at HBCU’s as a fashion school. Marcus has become a part of the school of Agriculture advisory committee to get the word out about Fashion school. I asked what would you say to inspire young fashion designers. “Never let anyone dictate, your out- come!” He exclaimed “I know who I serve!” I know that I can do all things through Christ!
I’m excited to see his future blossom. Visit the International Civil Rights museum located in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. Check out their window display and all they celebrate.