As a Fashion Designer, Romeo Hunte’s inspiration started at the early age of 13. With the leader of the inspiration being his mother. He has always had a keen eye for fashion by watching his mother’s sense of style. Growing up, Hunte was additionally surrounded by multiple women that all had an appreciation for fashion. These early influences helped Hunte to reach his destiny of becoming a fashion designer.
Hunte turned down two full athletic scholarships in Track and Field to pursue this dream of becoming a fashion designer. He decided to face the challenges of the Fashion Industry by first attending the Fashion Institute of Technology and later launched his own independent fashion brand. By working full time as a personal shopper in luxury retail and with lifetime experiences in editorial styling. Hunte has been able to continue the development of the brand. Hunte strikes the perfect balance between creativity and practicality; which plays a huge role in each collection he designs.
Romeo Hunte New York the brand is a definitive lifestyle brand created for all women. It is a line that is cool, conservative and intricate with a balance of feminine and masculine, but yet sexy. Powerful and impeccable outerwear such as the signature cashmere shearling hood shawl is one of the main core elements of Romeo Hunte the brand. The vision is to create modern classic apparels that are luxurious, transitional and transformable at a contemporary price point.
In 2014, Hunte’s first full collection was noticed by Net-A-Porter and Saks Fifth Avenue. Later, both Barney's and Bergdorf Goodman took notice. His first celebrity client was Zendaya. She wore the brand three consecutive times for press week. Later on, Beyoncé wore his signature buffalo check shawl and this went viral and increased his e-commerce sales significantly. In addition, he had the opportunity and pleasure to create a custom dress for Beyoncé that went viral as well and "broke the Internet." Victor Cruz favored the brand and was spotted wearing a buffalo check shawl in Paris for fashion week. During an interview with Mr. Porter Magazine, Victor Cruz highlighted the buffalo check shawl as being a piece by Romeo Hunte "that he likes to wear.” Laverne Cox, Keke Palmer and Hailey Baldwin all have been seen wearing the brand.
Romeo Hunte the brand has been recognized by numerous publications including Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, and In Style. As the brand continues to evolve, Hunte has been mentioned by Women’s Wear Daily as “ Designer to Watch" and was honored by Essence Magazine as “ Designer to Watch.” Later Teen Vogue took notice and was quoted saying the following about Hunte “He is well on his way of becoming a household name.” As the industry continues to take notice of the brand, he has been fortunate to attend the 2015 & 2016 Met Gala and the 2015 & 2016 Amfar.