In honor of Black History Month, Nordstrom is launching an in-store marketplace with Black-Owned Brooklyn, as part of the Center Stage pop-up platform at its Nordstrom NYC flagship. Curated by Black-Owned Brooklyn’s husband-and-wife team, Tayo Giwa and Cynthia Gordy Giwa, the market brings together and showcases eight businesses across apparel, food, home goods, and self-care products.
The exclusive, in-store only NYC experience runs from February 14 to March 6, and features select goods from:
- Chen Burkett New York – a lifestyle brand sharing a love of travel, color, and great quality clothing. Launched in 2013 by Chen Burkett, the collection represents a joyous expression of Caribbean style.
- Heavy Metals NYC – an accessories brand fronted by local sculptor and scribe, Shanel Odum, handcrafted in a Clinton Hill studio. The collection incorporates gunmetal, sterling silver, and studded ammo into chic body adornments.
- Breukelen Polished– a luxury nail lacquer founded by Bed-Stuy-native, Ariel Terry, that embodies the grit and evolution of Brooklyn while educating the community about healthy beauty options. Each bold color has a story and a Brooklyn-inspired name and is 11 Free, cruelty free and vegan.
- Savant Studios – Founded by designer Michael Graham in 2019, offering a range of soulful and stylishly detailed pieces, including T-shirts, hoodies, sweaters, pants, kimonos, and varsity jackets, as well as a selection of leather and suede handbags.
- Modish Decor Pillows – a collection of luxe throw pillows in a variety of colors, patterns and textures that makes for a modern effortless look in any living or workspace. Started in 2015, Chantal Bradley’s collection includes pillows, agate stone coaster sets, and hand-poured candles.
- Sarep + Rose -- a lifestyle brand founded by Robin Sirleaf that is focused on merging style and function with social impact. Reimagining ‘Made in Africa’ through sustainable luxury. With their full line of artisan-made leather bags, footwear, and decorative home storage baskets, they are changing narratives and building a brand that moves Africa towards becoming a global manufacturing hub, while also generating honest and sustainable job opportunities for employees, businesses and artisans across the continent.
- Brooklyn Brewed Sorrel – a delightful brewed and aged hibiscus-spiced beverage, based on a family recipe with an over 400-year Caribbean heritage, started by Brooklyn born, 1st generation Caribbean American foodie and designer Nzinga Knight. Brooklyn Brewed Sorrel is made with raw and natural ingredients: sorrel flower (also known as hibiscus roselle), ginger, pure cane sugar, cloves, cinnamon, allspice, bay leaves, and orange peel.
- Askanya Chocolates – Founded by Corinne Joachim-Sanon, Askanya makes an all-natural bean-to-bar chocolate, sourced with Haitian cacao and cane sugar and sold in Brooklyn.
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