To outsiders, Detroit is a place of violence, bankruptcy & controversy. What people don't know is that this city has been evolving and becoming a place where people now want to be. The fashion industry has been relevant in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago but Detroit doesn't come to mind. There are people such as Roslyn Karamoko from Detroit is the New Black that brings forth her vision and creativity here to life.
After meeting her at FashionSpeak 2015, I got the opportunity to check out her store in downtown Detroit and speak more in depth about her brand and store.
When you walk into Detroit is the New Black, it seemed as if you stepped into a gallery and this makes your shopping experience feel exclusive. I don't know about you but I love that feeling! Besides the clothing in the store, there are artwork pieces throughout that are available for sale from local artist Leon Dickey and awesome jewelry made by Nino Bertera. As of current, DITNB is featuring a pop-up of Tracy Reese and the in house label.
I enjoyed meeting Tim, her associate and got to tour the store and also have a sit down with Roslyn herself. She was down to earth and she was more than willing to speak about the brand and also give valuable advice to making it in the industry.
Learning and evolving is something Roslyn values and wants to be part of the development of her brand and store. I admire someone that wants to continue to grow and be aware of what is working and what is not. So I wanted to know, "what is your 5 year plan?" Owning multiple stores and having a flagship store on Woodward Ave. in Detroit is a part of that along with expanding her in house label.
I highly suggest if you are downtown, to check out Detroit is the New Black and get some awesome clothing, shoes, jewelry and maybe even some artwork!
Stay tuned for more to come...
52 East Forest Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
With love & Detroit Fashion,