Carbon Bazaar Launches Culturally Cued Online Marketplace
Carbon Bazaar joins the burgeoning ranks of online sites that allow customers to shop without leaving their living rooms. But what separates the newest e-commerce site from the virtual rest? Its timely mission to take a byte out of an untapped market. Nowhere else will consumers be offered such a carefully curated insider look into the world of designers and artists of color in men’s and women’s fashion, accessories, jewelry, beauty, art, stationery, lifestyle and books.
From handcrafted greeting cards with a black snowman designed by stationer Alton Weekes to Billie Holiday compact mirrors by Deborah Gregory of Cheetahrama, or fancy wraparound scarves printed with digital photographs taken by media mogul Sheila Johnson and Custom Blend skincare products from aesthetician Shalea Walker of Walker’s Apothecary, Carbon Bazaar will serve as a cyber showcase with a unique cultural perspective. At last, shoppers around the country will have access to fabulous finds they’d never “find” by surfing the never-ending random selections of larger and general e-commerce sites.
Carbon Bazaar is the brainchild of co-founders, Duane Thomas and Sharon Graham, two creative friends who met while attending Fashion Institute of Technology. Thomas, a magazine veteran and photo books author, has worked at the helm of the art departments of national consumer magazines including Essence, Self, Elle and Vogue. He was also the author of Body & Soul: The Black Male Book (Universe Publishing). Graham is a designer and product development manager with over 15 years experience working at fashion labels Ralph Lauren, HMX Group (licensee for Ivanka Trump) and Lerner New York (NY & Co).
“Being part of the editorial process exposed me to a plethora of talented designers and entrepreneurs,”‘ explains Thomas. “Some are unsung brands – others are established – but, we realized, both needed a special showcase to provide them with a wider audience.”
Adds Graham, “Our goal at Carbon Bazaar is to connect, empower and support the community at large.”
Carbon Bazaar went live on December 16th, 2013. Visit the new culturally chic addition to the online shopping experience at: www.carbonbazaar.com