Law Roach is an endlessly busy man. As one of Hollywood's most powerful stylists, he has built out a client list that has included Zendaya, Ariana Grande, Anne Hathaway, Kerry Washington, and more. In addition, he's fashioned himself into a celebrity in his own right after joining the judging panel of America's Next Top Model. He's continued that most recently as the divisive judge on HBO Max's Legendary. But in early June, after a career of working with, supporting, and speaking out about the Black community, he decided to get publicly involved, raising money to help small, uninsured Black-owned businesses that were impacted by the recent uprisings.
"Our young black babies are putting their freedom and lives on the line to try to change shit," the image architect wrote to Instagram about people taking to the streets out of frustration and to demand for change. "If you are a Black business that is destroyed and you are not insured I'm starting a fund with $25,000 of my own money to help rebuild. And I"m asking my friends in fashion to donate as well." The move came three months after Roach's Los Angeles home was burglarized while he was on set for Legendary.
In late June, Roach announced the details of the fund: he had partnered with the organization Rebuild the Hood in his hometown of Chicago to help raise $100,000 earmarked for Black-owned fashion and beauty business in the city that were impacted by the uprisings. In additioin to his initial pledge of $25,000, he said he would ask "clients past and present, friends, family, and corporations that I've worked with," to put up money as well. On Monday, Roach announced that they had reached the goal.
"The response has been overwhelming," Roach tells Out. The donors who were listed publicly include Zendaya, Christian Siriano, showroom Alta Moda, MAC's Drew Elliott, and Fall Risk designer John Targon. "I felt that I had to do something since I wasn't on the frontlines and I wanted to use my money and influence to do it." Roach also confirmed that Jameela Jamil and Tommy Hilfiger also donated.
Black-owned Chicago-based fashion and beauty businesses that were impacted by the uprisings and don't have insurance or were denied coverage can apply for grants online.