One of the best emergences to happen in the last few years within the Black community, aside from our growing shamelessness to be who we are, is the growing number of Black businesses, specifically owned and/or created by Black girls/women.
From product lines for our hair such as Shea Moisture and Carol’s Daughter, to clothing lines for Black girls that are sizes much bigger than an 8/10 such as Monif C., Black women are no longer waiting for companies bigger than us to bring goods to the table that we’ve been begging to have produced so we can flourish in our glory. And thanks to sites that allow for the public to help fund up and coming companies created by these Black women, ensuring that we get a say in helping branch products out that we’re more than interested in buying, the list of businesses keep expanding.
Lost Queens, an up and coming jewelry line created by Eboni Merriman back in August of 2014, caught my attention when I saw one of their beautiful elongated necklaces falling effortlessly along the chest of the model in this brass shade. Looking through their collection, all I could see were statement piece jewelry. Easy on the eye because once you put them on, you couldn’t MISS them, with creativity visible in the heart of the construction. From handchains to necklaces, septum rings to body chains, Eboni’s eye is amazing, not only with her products, but her models, as well. Black women ranging in all different shades and sizes, her work truly emphasizes what she wants out of her company, which is to “celebrate women from all walks of life.”
“Lost Queens is a safe space where diversity is encouraged and sisterhood is a requirement to our jewelry,” she says. “Lost Queens cares about every single woman we touch with our work.” And it shows. On her Instagram and Tumblr page alone, you can see where her inspiration derives from, with pictures of beautiful women of color either wearing her jewelry, which is named after pivotal Black women in history (One of her septum rings is named, “Janet Jackson,” and a gold neck cuff named “Assata Shakur”) with a description of her importance, or simply being carefree. Not to mention, when you go to purchase a piece, parts of the money earned from the profits goes to a Black woman in need, such as tuition funds to finish their schooling.
With the demand of Lost Queens growing, Eboni wants to be able to branch her line out past the interwebs. She’s recently been invited to have Lost Queens distributed in gift bags for the annual CURVYcon, an all day event catering to plus size women and featuring plus sized clothing companies, fashionistas, celebs (Amber Riley) and bloggers (Nadia Aboulhosn, Gabi Gregg of “Gabifresh”), along with having a vending booth at the annual summer can’t-miss festival, AFROPUNK, where the women she represents can meet her face to face and wear her products out of the festival.
Eboni’s set up a GOFUNDME for donations to help pay for supplies to create a generous amount of Lost Queens jewelry to distribute at CURVYcon, along with vending booth fees for Afropunk.
This is the representation we’ve been waiting for — from US! So please, if you can, donate to Lost Queens!