A new pop-up located in Carnaby, Central London, will celebrate and promote a number of Black-owned businesses from the worlds of fashion, art, photography and literature. To coincide with Black History Month, youth-empowerment organisation My Runway Group has created pop-up 21 Youth Street, which is dedicated to inspiring and developing young Black creatives.
The pop-up, which launches Friday 9 October, will showcase over 50 diverse Black-owned businesses, giving these young business owners a platform around the theme #BlackInCarnaby.
As well as hosting and selling pieces from these brands – which includes fashion collections from various up-and-coming designers, beauty and wellness from The Black Beauty Store, art and photography from Black artists and books by Black authors in The Black Book store – the space will also see numerous events celebrating the work of these Black creatives. From in-store book signings and curated exhibitions to talks on mental health, identity and even yoga sessions, there will be plenty to entertain visitors and to help teach them about the work of these outstanding Black creatives.
“What young Black creatives and businesses need is space and access,” Kojo Marfo, founder of My Runway Group told us. “We are happy #BlackInCarnaby gives visibility to young black owned businesses and also connects them to new audiences.”
Koby Martin, an artist whose work will be displayed within the pop-up explained his hopes for the space, which is to get more eyes on his work.
“I believe my work is not just for a particular race or market. It’s for the world to see! This is why I am very excited to be included as a showcase artist on Carnaby where different types of people will see my work and hopefully purchase.”
The #BlackInCarnaby 21 Youth Street pop-up will be open to all from tomorrow, 9 October at 56B Carnaby Street in London. To find out more about the project and the timings of scheduled events, head this way.