If you don’t have a fashion sense when you step onto an HBCU campus, after being there a few days, you’ll at least start trying. Utilizing fashion as a form of expression and to make cultural statements, is something HBCU students take very seriously. Though not as serious, it is as innate as fighting for one’s rights. Whether rocking Sunday’s best or relaxing in ready to wear or school gear, having a well-executed ‘fit’ is something students take pride in. Knowing this about HBCU culture, and having attended an HBCU that is no stranger to bold fashion statements,  Florida A&M University alumnus and entrepreneur David Castro took this into consideration when designing his latest collection of his headwear brand, Dungeon Forward. Dungeon Forward’s limited edition “The Yard Capsule” celebrates so many of the HBCUs we know and love.

As CEO, Castro has built a brand that shakes up the headwear industry, offering colorful designs and messages of empowerment on fitted hats, beanies, and more. When Castro envisioned The Yard Capsule collection, he knew he wanted to create something special that put a twist on his design blueprint. He sought to create a headwear collection that, when worn, would create a sense of pride that mirrored how students, alumni, and staff feel representing these institutions. “HBCUs cultivate cultural and personal pride in a country where the opposite intent is etched in history,” said Castro. “We imagine the collection enhancing the sense of pride for these institutions. In addition, we want to encourage people to be fans of HBCUs like they are fans of the universities that garner the most televised attention.”

David Castro, Dungeon Forward CEO (Provided)

The entrepreneur began small by acquiring the licensing rights from his alma mater. Fast forward to now, and Dungeon Forward has received rights for over 25 HBCUs. However, that’s not the end goal. In the future, Dungeon Forward wants to partner with student ambassadors at each of the featured campuses to engage them in the conversations that will move the culture forward.  

The list of HBCUs featured in the collection includes:

Alabama A&M University 

Alabama State 

Albany State University 

Alcorn State University 

Bethune-Cookman University

Clark Atlanta University 

Fayetteville State University

Florida A&M University 

Grambling State University

Hampton University

Howard University 

Jackson State University

Lincoln University 

Morehouse College

Morgan State University

Norfolk State University 

North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University

North Carolina Central University 

Prairie View A&M University

Savannah State University

Southern University of Baton Rouge

Tennessee State University 

Texas Southern University 

Tuskegee University 

Virginia State University 

West Virginia State University 

Winston Salem State University 

Shop the collection at Dungeon Forward today.