Every morning we should arise blessed with a sense of renewal. In spite of the current challenges we face today on many levels, we still seek to satisfy our search for inspiration and fulfillment… SO WE SHOP.
We have been told time and time again that the retail landscape is dramatically over stored, some say by hundreds of thousands of stores. This fact is undeniable, but finding a source for African-inspired home furnishings on a reliable basis still remains a huge challenge.
Clearly when money is no object it is relatively easier. Even then what is available is a version of products I describe as Shangri-la: poor imitations of authentic artifacts from places existing only in the manufacturer’s imagination… STILL WE SEARCH.
In the major metropolitan areas with substantial African-American populations, the task of filling this unmet need is being soldiered by forward-thinking entrepreneurs who are committed to promoting a sense of pride and awareness of the African culture. These individuals deserve our encouragement and support in their quest to advance the notion of African-inspired design.
In this article, I’ve shared with you images of our retail gallery opened in Columbus, Ohio. While at this moment we feel we are alone in the wilderness in our quest, a new-found ability to network with like souls gives us hope.
Are there any retail outlets carrying high-quality, African-inspired home furnishings? I encourage you to make us all aware of the retail/gallery owners in your city who are grass-root movers in this struggle. We would like to recognize and support them where it counts… LET’S SHOP!