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Ankara

Hey internet! So, there’s this site that I’ve been eyeing for a while and you guys might have seen it pop up on your FB feeds before. They showcase fresh and colorful looks with patterns that make your eyes dance and make your hands want to input your CC digits and worry about paying your cable bill later. I mean with Netflix and Fire Stick, who really needs cable anyways? If you’re reading this you have access to the internet and I know you who know someone with Netflix or Amazon so go ahead, get their password, save that $200 a month and spend it on something with substance uhhh…like a jumpsuit from this website 🙂

No, but seriously, almost every item sold is flawless; they accentuate our curves and electrify our melanin. The site acts as a marketplace for African textiles and jewelry and if I was ballin’, I could easily spend a comma in this store. Zuvaa.com was created by Kelechi due to the lack of modern and trendy Ankara, commonly known as African, inspired pieces in the retail industry. She works with designers all over the world to help potential customers have an easy, one-stop-shop to get a variety of African looks. The Black community wins. We, the consumers, get quality products inspired by the designs from our ancestry while supporting our brothers and sisters whom create them and therefore practicing group economics.

Tariq Nasheed should be proud.

Photography: Tara Scoville

MUA: Malik Edwin

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Kutula

Last year, I was shopping for my first cruise and wanted to find an African dress to take with me. I Googled different black-owned, African stores in my area and came across one that had a variety of Dashiki dresses but none of them stood out. As I was on my way home, I drove past Kutula by Africana and the pieces in the window were gorgeous; I had to see more. I walked in and was immediately greeted by the vibrant owner/designer, Francesca. I moved through the aisles listening to her tell me about their product line as my eyes danced from the bold array of colors to the intricate African prints. As I tried on different pieces, Francesca would teach me the meanings of the patterns I was wearing (if they had any). She even taught me a few different ways to wrap a gele (African head wrap). I felt so comfortable playing dress up and listening to her talk about the motherland. The prices were pretty steep but I was drawn to the clothing details and the African tales so I decided to invest in a piece and support the brand.

Photography: Tara Scoville

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