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About Desmond Handon

Embracing the intersection of creativity and professionalism, Desmond J. Handon stands as a luminary figure in the pulsating heart of Washington, DC's fashion scene. With over 15 years of dedicated craftsmanship, Desmond's journey from an aspiring model to CEO and creative director of EthniCITY to is a testament to his unparalleled talent and vision.


Desmond's accolades read like a who's who in the industry, earning praise from the likes of eliteDC Magazine for his remarkable prowess. His diverse portfolio spans from orchestrating electrifying runway shows to sculpting trend-setting designs that grace the wardrobes of celebrities and professionals alike. As the driving force behind EthniCITY, Desmond has steered the brand to the zenith of fashion consulting, sculpting unforgettable branding campaigns and curating signature runway spectacles for prestigious colleges and universities nationwide.


The past few years have seen Desmond ascend to even greater heights. A familiar face on the red carpets of BET and VH1's Fashion Rocks, Desmond's influence radiates beyond the runway, styling a constellation of celebrities and luminaries. His magnetic presence as a host during New York Fashion Week events further solidifies his status as a trendsetter and tastemaker.


Yet, Desmond's impact extends far beyond the glitz and glamour of the industry. Passionate about nurturing the next generation of talent, he has dedicated himself to mentoring and coaching aspiring models at high schools across the city. Through his guidance, over 1,500 students have been empowered to pursue their dreams in fashion, with many achieving remarkable success on both national and international stages.


In the ever-evolving landscape of fashion, Desmond continues to innovate and inspire. His recent collaboration with Bravo's Real Housewives of Potomac stars Ashley Darby and Giselle Bryant on an athleisure line speaks volumes of his creative versatility and entrepreneurial spirit. Not content with merely pushing boundaries in design, Desmond's commitment to inclusivity and accessibility shines through his appearances on Washington Fox 5's "Good Day" DC, where he champions streetwear for all.


Desmond's impact reverberates globally, with his work gracing the pages of esteemed publications like Nura Magazine and The Washington Informer. A fixture at New York Fashion Week for over a decade, his magnetic presence has garnered attention from media titans such as The New York Times and The Washington Post.


Beyond his role as a designer, Desmond's passion for fostering community shines through initiatives like Artsy Fartsy, a monthly pop-up shop celebrating local DMV talent. Through this platform, he not only provides a space for emerging designers and vendors but also creates opportunities for models to showcase their talent alongside established industry figures.


In every stitch, strut, and showcase, Desmond Handon embodies the essence of a true trailblazer, leaving an indelible mark on the landscape of fashion and beyond."

EthniCITY in the News 

Designer Desmond Handon Produces Showcase for Rihanna’s Debut Collection

Fashion In The City:

Ethnicity Brand Premiere

Rihanna’s clothing line made its store debut at Shoe City in Baltimore, Maryland on September 7th. The store hosted a private viewing party for the Barbadian beauty’s 2016 Fenty Collection sponsored by Puma.

Last night was an eclectic affair, filled with networking, color, fashion and fun! Models displayed Desmond Handon’s new couture pieces for his luxury line, Ethnicity Brand. 

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EthniCITY Brand

EthniCITY is a fashion and production company founded in 2010 by Desmond Handon. The company produces runway and street wear designs as well as jewelry and other custom accessories for men and women.


EthniCITY brand pushes the boundaries with its custom garments and jewelry providing its clients with the sophistication of New York City’s fashion runways and the flavor of DC’s streets. The company’s name—“EthniCITY”—draws on the diversity of fashion and culture found in the Washington, DC area.

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