Andrea Reyes is the creator of A.Bernadette: a fair trade fashion brand - featuring upcycled clothing and bags made by talented designers and tailors from Uganda who lacked a strong market to thrive in.
Ngozi Okaro is the executive director of Custom Collaborative, a non-profit organization based in New York, which helps women from low income and immigrant communities learn to design, sew, and sell sustainable fashion.
With the news that there are nearly 2.6 millions African American-owned businesses in the United States bringing in upwards of $10 billion in annual revenue, popular news media began championing the “rise” of Black-owned businesses. The rise? We been here....
Maiko, like many people, was originally drawn to Harlem because of the cheap rent for a sizable apartment. However, she fell in love with the neighborhood and explains that it simply became home over the years. “I love the small community, history behind [Harlem], and [that] we still have peace of mind here.”