Khiry, Jameel Mohammed, Black Business, Buy Black, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

Meet Khiry, the Afro-Futuristic Jewelry Line Launched By a College Student – Racked And that's not even the most impressive thing about it.

Just over a year ago, Jameel Mohammed — then a 21-year-old political science major at the University of Pennsylvania — successfully secured funding to launch his jewelry line, Khiry, with the help of Kickstarter. Just over 400 backers pledged a total of more than $25,000 to help the college student bring the line, which promised a “new vision of luxury, inspired by the rich and complex cultures of the African Diaspora” to life.

That’s already huge for someone who’s only just reached legal drinking age. And a lot has happened since then.

Mohammed debuted his Afro-futuristic spring/summer 2017 collection at New York Fashion Week, launched an e-commerce site, and was picked up by Moda Operandi for a trunk show, all last fall. That laundry list of accomplishments is impressive — did I mention he also interned at both Nicole Miller and Narciso Rodriguez while still in high school? — but the substance and concept behind the now-22-year-old’s brand is the most inspiring part of his story.

Khiry, Jameel Mohammed, Black Business, Buy Black, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

Khiry, Jameel Mohammed, Black Business, Buy Black, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

Khiry, Jameel Mohammed, Black Business, Buy Black, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN


In homage to the history of couturiers who showcased their creations in trunks to elite clientele, Moda Operandi is the only online retailer to invite clients to PREORDER next-season’s looks straight from the runway. And for those who can’t wait, we offer an expertly curated in-season BOUTIQUE. (Website).