Williams will be shelving his schedule long enough to be honored by the The New School at the 71st annual Parsons benefit on May 20 at Pier 60 in New York. “Then in comes Pharrell who represents so much creativity, innovation, technology, sustainability, social justice,” Gilhart said. “He’s doing so much as a musician and working with the younger generation. He really was one of the first ones to deep dive into promoting sustainable processes. He represents all of the things that we are interested in. The school has a music school, a design school and architecture. Between The New School and Parsons, I wish he were our president.”

“We are thrilled to be honoring Pharrell for his substantial contributions to the music and fashion industries and The RealReal, Stitch Fix, and Everlane for their unwavering commitment to innovation and sustainability in fashion,” said Joel Towers, Executive Dean of Parsons School of Design. “Parsons was founded upon the idea that design can change the world, and these exceptional honorees are reimagining the creative and commercial landscape in a way that will positively impact the industry for years to come.”


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