Wayne State University

Roslyn Johnson-Karamoko

Roslyn  Johnson-Karamoko

  •  Old Main - Rm 2132

  • 313-577-2980

  • Lecturer

Academic Interests

 Fashion,Textiles, Anthropology, Psychology, African American Studies

Areas of Expertise


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Originally from Seattle, WA, Roslyn moved to Detroit in 2013 after stints in Washington D.C., New York and Singapore. After receiving her BA in Fashion Merchandising from Howard University, Roslyn spent the early part of her career as a buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue and was recruited by EU e-commerce giant Rocket Internet GMBH to head up the buying operations at the Southeast Asia based fashion e-commerce start-up. Called “The Motor City’s Hottest Designer” by TIME Magazine, Roslyn is the brainchild behind Detroit’s premier label and concept shop Détroit is the New Black. “Detroit is where you see creativity and opportunity intersect. I want the brand to reflect that intersection with diversity and inclusion”, says Karamoko. Currently, the space serves as a retail incubator for local artists and small businesses in Detroit’s Downtown retail district.

Degrees and Certifications

BA Fashion Merchandising, Howard University 2007

Executive Buying Program, Saks Fifth Avenue 2008

Social Entrepreneurship Program, Build Institute 2013

Quicken Loans People's Choice Award, Quicken Loans 2017

Personal Interests

 Travel, Culture, Design, Social Impact

Primary Research Interest

 Merchandising, Dress & Culture, 

Recent Publications




 Lecturer - Fashion Merchandising 

Secondary Research Interest

Fashion Retail 

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