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Black-Owned Brands on Carnaby Street Spark Conversation on U.Ok. Retail Diversity

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Carnaby Street is the center of British vogue, dwelling to the Rolling Stones’ flagship retailer, hip manufacturers resembling Dr. Martens footwear, and the Liberty London division retailer with its huge collection of traditional designs. The strip, thought-about the “Capital of Cool” when it featured the playful seems of the Sixties, has advanced with the developments of the day, however—like the remainder of the business—it has largely excluded one group: Black-owned companies.

Kojo Marfo is attempting to alter that, with a store known as Black in Carnaby showcasing vogue, artwork, literature, and residential decor from Black British entrepreneurs. “We wished a retailer that will empower and join underrepresented manufacturers to modern-day shoppers,” Marfo says.

A banner on the storefront boldly declares: “Black-Owned Companies” alongside a colourful show of African-print materials. Inside there are clothes traces from Black designers resembling rapper Tinie Tempah, high-end lamps, jewellery sourced from West Africa, and a youngsters’s part with books filled with Black characters and Black dolls in African attire.

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Kojo Marfo at his London store on June 5.

Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

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