These Five Black Women-Owned Shops Are Disrupting Retail

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Robyn Mowatt

Robyn Mowatt is a staff writer at Okayplayer, where she…

Blk Mkt Vintage

Photo credit: Courtesy of BLK MKT

A close look at five Black women-owned shops offering carefully curated pieces, designer clothing, antique collectibles and assorted vintage items.

Last year — and the years before it — ushered in a new class of black women who chose to open brick-and-mortar stores to flock to retail markets across the country. The pandemic may have gutted popular storefronts, but many consumers are constantly giving personal support to stores, particularly those that offer vintage goods and collectibles. At the other end of the spectrum, designer shops are also heavily supported. ta in the Meatpacking District is a recent example, where buyer and owner Telsha Anderson is stocking coveted pieces by Christopher John Rogers, Jonathan Simkhai and others.

In addition to stores selling newly purchased items, consignment stores are also showing robust growth. The founders of these spaces make their claim in a unique way. Collectible and vintage designer options are now affordable and accessible, not hard to come by.

The idea of ​​the black dollar being repatriated to the communities they belong to is paramount. Supporting our own is vital as many black neighborhoods become gentrified. The disruption to retail gives newer companies the opportunity to curate immersive experiences and activations, and provide examples of entrepreneurship to younger generations.

Below, we take a close look at five black women’s storefronts that we believe are bringing retail to life in Bedford Stuyvesant, Philadelphia, Atlanta and New York City.

BLACK MKT

Blk Mkt Vintage

Photo credit: Courtesy of BLK MKT

“Our motivation to build a collection that reflects the diverse cultural expressions of Black people is rooted in our love for Black people,” reads a blurb BLK MKT website. Couple Kiyanna Stewart and Janna Hardy specialize in selling curated items such as Black Panther party paraphernalia, vintage magazines, early editions of classic books by black authors such as Nikki Giovanni and Zora Neale Hurston, and much more.

Almost eight years ago, Stewart and Hardy started Etsy to share the unique goods they found at antique sales. Eventually, they decided to switch and create an ecommerce website to have more control over their branding. A brick-and-mortar in Brooklyn followed by 2019. You can always count on the couple Instagram to share their latest, which in turn has resulted in a loyal, robust following.

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

Blk Mkt Vintage

Photo credit: Courtesy of BLK MKT

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

Ways to Receive Purchases: E-Commerce, In-Store, Domestic Shipping.

Pieces currently available in the shop: A Poetic Equation: Conversations between Nikki Giovanni and Margaret Walker, Vintage Luke Cage comicsand vintage dr Martin Luther King National Day Pin (1981).

fun fact: Stewart and Hardy also offer prop and set styling.

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 when lockdown kicked in the process ground to a halt.” Yuri Carter said of her vintage showroom, which originally opened as an online shop in 2017. “It [was] something that has always been on the agenda for us and in September 2021 we had our official opening.”

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

“Atlanta is a place where I’ve spent almost a decade,” Yuris said. “It was the obvious choice that I have roots here and that it’s an established creative hub for all things music, art and film.”

Yuri's market

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Yuris Carter

Where you can see what’s available for purchase: sieurismarket.com

Ways to Receive Purchases: E-commerce, private in-store appointments, domestic shipping.

Favorite brands currently available to shop: Wilson’s Leather, Gucci by Tom Ford 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’s brick and mortar YOWIE, explained that her concept shop’s mission is to “connect people of all ages and backgrounds through design”. Stroll through the space and you’ll be amazed by their selection of quirky homewares and unique post-modern pieces. Born in Maldonado’s apartment in 2016, YOWIE became an official showcase the following year after a series of pop-ups she did.

“Before we opened our store, I created a series of pop-ups across Philadelphia to learn more about the community and the people I hope to bring into the world I hope to create through YOWIE,” said Maldonado . “I love showcasing new and emerging artists, having an ever-changing range, and hosting fun events and workshops that show we’re more than just a showcase.”

yowie

Photo credit: Courtesy of Shannon Maldonado

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

Ways to Receive Purchases: E-Commerce, In-Store, Domestic Shipping.

Favorite brands currently available to shop: Pantry items like Chili Crisp from Fly past Jinghand-painted plant bags by Lauren Brown, and a new candle line from Mexico called Southern landscape.

fun fact: Maldonado has made a name for himself in the design industry for a decade, working for Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, American Eagle and Urban Outfitters.

ta

TA New York

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Telsha Anderson

Telsha Anderson’s eye for the womenswear market and her knack for social media has led to ta making waves online. After making its digital debut in 2020 and opening with an official storefront in NYC’s Meatpacking District in July of that year, ta has grown organically with the business since its inception Instagram profile play an important role in this. The account is a mix of stunning images, eccentric graphics and what she currently has in business.

Anderson said that transforming the marketplace and encouraging conscious purchase for single purchases is what sets her store apart from others in NYC. She added that the knowledge behind each garment also makes ta an anomaly.

“I’ve lived in New York for almost seven years and that’s played a big part [t.a.]but New York is also a hub for fashion lovers and explorers,” Anderson said.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Telsha Anderson

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

Ways to Receive Purchases: E-Commerce, In-Store, Domestic Shipping.

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

fun fact: Telsha Anderson worked part-time hypebeast, Food & WinePurple PR, Atlantic Records and more before she opened ta

Indigo Style Vintage

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sheryl Roberts

Originally from Texas, Sheryl Roberts relocated to New York in the early ’00s as a professional model. Her love of community and vintage fashion led to the creation of her space, IndigoStyleVintage, in April 2017, where Roberts did a floor-to-ceiling renovation of a space on Lewis Avenue in Bedstuy. From there she started The Collective – she also sells small black brands like KIC NYC and Effie’s Paper throughout her shop – this concept was born of Roberts’ desire to sell other lines she felt were underrepresented.

“I think what sets the collective apart at IndigoStyle and IndigoStyle Vintage is the personal touch,” she said. “We strive to offer high quality merchandise that is unique, size and gender specific, at an affordable price.”

Vintage indigo style

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sheryl Roberts

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

Ways to Receive Purchases: E-Commerce, In-Store, Domestic Shipping.

Favorite brands currently in stock: Mess in a Bottle clothing, 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 in Bedstuy Tin 2000.

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