Fort Mose 1738 showcases African fashion


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Dr. Maurice Gattis, a distinguished individual, seamlessly weaves his life journey through the realms of fashion, academia, and social work. Currently serving as the designer and CEO of, an innovative fashion line originating from Ghana, Maurice’s influence extends beyond the fashion atelier.

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In academia, he holds the position of Professor of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, and his commitment to societal betterment is further demonstrated through his role as a Fulbright Scholar, advocating for LGBTQ+ youth in South Africa.

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The inception of Fort Mose 1738 traces back to Maurice’s serendipitous encounter with destiny during a family vacation to Ghana in 2021. A chance friendship with a taxi driver revealed that the driver’s wife was a local couturier, leading to a collaborative effort that gave birth to Fort Mose in 1738 as a symbol of cross-cultural creativity and collaboration.

Fort Mose 1738 is on the verge of attracting a celebrity following, riding the wave of the current spotlight on African fashion. Figures like Blitz Bazuele, director of the revamped “The Color Purple,” proudly showcase Ghanaian fashion. Accra, Ghana, has garnered recognition as a top destination for 2024 by Conde Nast Traveler, solidifying the region’s influence.

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Celebrities such as Rihanna and Gwen Stefani have embraced African fashion. The brand’s commitment to giving back is evident in directing net profits towards jump-starting Ghana’s textile industry for international export. Recently, Fort Mose 1738 secured a distribution deal with FOLKLORE CONNECT, a virtual showroom selling to Bloomingdales and other prominent retailers, despite its inception just a month ago.

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Beyond the world of threads and needles, Maurice Gattis embodies a life dedicated to weaving together the fabric of education, social justice, and entrepreneurship—a tapestry reflecting his passion for positive change and cultural exchange.

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