Iman and Stacey Abrams Honored at 15 Percent Pledge Gala

The pledge seeks to get retailers to set aside 15 percent of their shelf space to Black-owned brands.

“Tonight to me feels like the Black Met Gala,” said Shanée Benjamin, an art director and illustrator. “It’s just beautiful, so many people here, so many designers.”

Dressed in a green, crinkled satin jumpsuit by Izayla, Ms. Benjamin was standing near the bar at the New York Public Library’s main branch last Saturday night, where the 15 Percent Pledge — a drive to get retailers to devote 15 percent of their stock to Black-owned brands — was holding its first gala.

Shortly after 7 p.m., a lavish mix of more than 200 mostly Black

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