Fashion design veteran, Wilbur Pack, Jr., began his journey in 1998 when he introduced SK WiLBUR, a contemporary line of clothes for the working woman. In 2013, after being consistently asked by curvy women to offer his elegant designs in larger sizes, Pack set his sights on creating better wardrobe options for the full figured fashionista. He is now winning over both men and women with his line of handcrafted bags made in NYC. Classic shapes comprise the collection. Rendered in leather, suede, and natural fabrics, the tote bag, backpack, messenger, and cross body styles are sold in small shops around New York City and on the designer’s website www.skwilbur.com.
Pack’s work has received numerous accolades. He was chosen by Supima Cotton as one of the select participants in their 2008 Runway Challenge and received much fanfare for his contributed piece, an elegantly constructed denim evening gown. The designer counts R&B music legend Patti LaBelle and actress / entertainer Lonette McKee as clients. Pack created a custom beauty bag for Taraji P. Henson, the actress who portrays Cookie Lyon on the hit FOX TV series “Empire”. Most recently Oscar© nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe carried one of his bags for the NAACP Image Awards. He has been profiled for fashion trade publications such as WWD, featured on E! Entertainment Television's Fashion File and his unique approach to showing during New York Fashion Week has been the subject of many articles in several daily newspapers and web sites across the country, including The Los Angeles Times, essence.com, and NYPost.com. Pack was profiled for JET magazine and was photographed for the October 2015 issue of Ebony magazine. For the 2015 Emmy Awards, Pack was commissioned to create a special, one-of-a-kind evening clutch carried for the red carpet. He was also a featured competitor on the fashion design reality series 24 Hour Catwalk that aired on Lifetime.
A true believer in giving back, Pack recently launched a successful crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo.com where a portion of the monies were donated to The HOPE Program - a non-profit organization dedicated to providing vocational, educational, and social service assistance to New Yorkers who are in need of a job. He has also supported the MacDella Cooper Foundation which aims to build a boarding school for orphaned children in Liberia by raffling off one of his coveted pieces. In 2015, Pack co-founded the membership organization Black Accessory Designers Alliance, Inc., or BADA for short, to elevate the profiles of emerging accessory designers of color. He helped develop the New York Fashion Week Pop Up initiative where traditional media, bloggers, fashion influencers, and the public are invited to meet, shop, and mingle with a select group of designers in an effort to introduce the work of under-the-radar design talent to a broad spectrum of people. The organization is also involved in community outreach and partners with NYC area public schools for student internships and mentoring. To help solidify networking opportunities and build relationships which are so important to emerging accessory designers of color, BADA hosts a handful of panel discussions throughout the year.
Pack studied business management at Baruch College and sharpened his fashion acumen at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He has also apprenticed with Cynthia Rowley and Ralph Rucci.