These five shops owned by black women are disrupting retail

Culture – 47 minutes ago

Robyn Mowatt

Robyn Mowatt is an editor at Okayplayer where she…

Black Mkt Vintage

Photo Credit: Courtesy of BLK MKT

A close look at five Black women-owned boutiques offering carefully curated pieces, designer clothes, antique collectibles and vintage selections.

Last year — and years before — ushered in a new class of black women who have chosen to open brick-and-mortar stores as a way to pour into retail markets across the country. The pandemic may have gutted popular storefronts, but many consumers regularly support stores in person, especially those that carry vintage goods and collectibles. At the other end of the spectrum, designer boutiques are also heavily supported. your in the Meatpacking District is a recent example, with buyer and owner Telsha Anderson stocking coveted pieces from Christopher John Rogers, Jonathan Simkhai, and many others.

In addition to stores offering newly purchased selections, consignment stores are also experiencing robust growth. The founders of these spaces claim their claim in a unique way. Collectibles and vintage designer options are now affordable and accessible rather than hard to find.

The idea that the black dollar is recirculated in the communities they are part of is of the utmost importance. Supporting our own is essential as many black neighborhoods are gentrifying. By disrupting retail, new businesses have the ability to host immersive experiences and activations and provide examples of entrepreneurship for younger generations.

Below, we take a close look at five Black women-owned storefronts that we believe are bringing retail to life in Bedford Stuyvesant, Philadelphia, Atlanta and New York.

BLACK MKT

Black Mkt Vintage

Photo Credit: Courtesy of BLK MKT

“Our motivation to create a collection that reflects multifaceted black cultural expression is rooted in our love for black people,” reads a blurb on BLK MKT Website. Couple Kiyanna Stewart and Janna Hardy specialize in selling select pieces like Black Panther Party props, vintage magazines, first editions of classic books by black authors including Nikki Giovanni and Zora Neale Hurston, and more .

Nearly eight years ago, Stewart and Hardy started an Etsy to share unique possessions they came across at antique sales. Eventually, they decided to pivot and create an e-commerce site to have more control over their branding. In 2019, a brick and mortar in Brooklyn followed. The couple have always counted on instagram to share their latest, which in turn has led to a loyal and solid following.

“We source from literally everywhere – from the side of the road from ‘mainstream’ auction houses to other collectors to people who kind of stumbled into our shop, pre-COVID,” Handy said of BLK MKT in a 2020 interview with TZR.

Black Mkt Vintage

Photo Credit: Courtesy of BLK MKT

Where to see what’s available for purchase: blkmktvintage.com

Ways to receive purchases: E-commerce, in-store, national shipping.

Items currently available at the store: A poetic equation: conversations between Nikki Giovanni and Margaret Walker, Luke Cage Vintage Comicsand Dr. Martin Luther King National Day vintage brooch (nineteen eighty one).

Fun fact: Stewart and Hardy also offer a style of props and sets.

Yuris Market

Yuri's market

Photo credit: Courtesy of Yuris Carter

“I was committed to the idea of ​​a physical showroom before the pandemic and once the lockdown happened it stalled the process,” Yuris Carter said of his vintage showroom, which originally launched as an online store in 2017. [was] something that was always in the plan for us, and in September 2021 we had our official grand opening.

Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Yuris Market is the culmination of Carter’s years of expertise in the vintage and consignment industry. Her love for designer pieces began at the age of 11; at 14, she was working at a local consignment store.

“Atlanta is a place where I spent almost a decade living,” Yuris said. “It was the obvious choice given that I have roots here, as well as being an established creative hub for all things music, art and film.”

Yuri's market

Photo credit: Courtesy of Yuris Carter

Where to see what’s available for purchase: theirurismarket.com

Ways to receive purchases: E-commerce, private in-store appointments, national shipping.

Favorite brands currently available at the store: Wilson’s Leather, Tom Ford’s Gucci and vintage leather pieces from Japan.

Fun fact: Authentication services are also offered within the showroom.

yowie

yowie

Photo credit: Courtesy of Shannon Maldonado

Shannon Maldonadothe founder of Philadelphia brick and mortar YOWIE, explained that the mission of her concept store is to “connect people of all ages and backgrounds through design.” A stroll through space and you’ll be wowed by its selection of whimsical housewares and one-of-a-kind postmodern pieces. Born in 2016 in Maldonado’s apartment, YOWIE became an official showcase the following year after a series of pop-ups she did.

“Before opening our storefront, I did a series of pop-ups around Philadelphia to learn more about the community and the people I hope to bring into the world I wanted to create through YOWIE,” Maldonado said. . “I love discovering new, up-and-coming artists, having an ever-changing assortment, and creating fun events and workshops that show we’re more than just a showcase.”

yowie

Photo credit: Courtesy of Shannon Maldonado

Where to see what’s available for purchase: shopyowie.com

Ways to receive purchases: E-commerce, in-store, national shipping.

Favorite brands currently available at the store: Pantry items like Chili Crisp from Fly by Jinghand painted planter bags by Lauren Brown, and a new line of candles from Mexico called Landscape On.

Fun fact: Maldonado cut his teeth in the design industry for a decade working for Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, American Eagle and Urban Outfitters.

your

AT New York

Photo credit: Courtesy of Telsha Anderson

Telsha Anderson’s eye for the women’s fashion market and her talent for social media are what led her to become an online sensation. Making its digital debut in 2020 and opening with an official storefront in New York’s Meatpacking District in July of that year, ta has grown organically since its inception, with the store Instagram profile playing an important role in it. The account is a mix of stunning imagery, quirky graphics, and what she has currently stocked in store.

Anderson said transforming the market and encouraging intentional purchases for individual purchases is what sets her store apart from others in New York. She also added that the knowledge behind each piece of clothing is also what makes it an anomaly.

“I lived in New York for almost seven years and it played a huge role in [t.a.]but New York is also a hub for lovers of clothing and discovery,” Anderson said.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Telsha Anderson

Where to see what’s available for purchase: shop-ta.com

Ways to receive purchases: E-commerce, in-store, national shipping.

Favorite brands currently in stock: Julia Heuer and Mozh Mozh.

Fun fact: Telsha Anderson worked at hypebeast, Food & WinePurple PR, Atlantic Records, and more before she opened your

IndigoVintage Style

Photo credit: Courtesy of Sheryl Roberts

Originally from Texas, Sheryl Roberts moved to New York in the early 2000s when she was a professional model. Her love for the community and for vintage fashion led to the creation of her space, IndigoStyleVintage, in April 2017, with Roberts renovating a floor-to-ceiling location on Lewis Avenue in Bedstuy. From there she went on to create The Collective – throughout her storefront she also sells smaller black-owned brands like KIC NYC and Effie’s Paper – this concept was born of Roberts’ desire to sell other lines that she felt were underrepresented.

“I think what sets the collective of IndigoStyle and IndigoStyle Vintage apart is the personal touch,” she said. “We strive to offer quality, one-size-fits-all, gender-neutral products at an affordable price.”

Vintage Indigo Style

Photo credit: Courtesy of Sheryl Roberts

Where to see what’s available for purchase: thecollectiveatindigostyle.com

Ways to receive purchases: E-commerce, in-store, national shipping.

Favorite brands currently in stock: Mess in a Bottle apparel, Love Notes candles, KIC NYC custom camo/denim, and Jam & Rico jewelry.

Fun fact: Sheryl moved to Brooklyn in 1995 after living in Harlem for a few years. She bought her brownstone from Bedstuy in 2000.

Comments are closed.