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How did Cinnamon and Brown come to be?
Cinnamon & Brown was born out of a frustration to find contemporary and affordable Black artwork in any format - prints, cards, gifts etc. Necessity is often the mother of invention.
What is the inspiration behind the name?
Why the name Cinnamon & Brown? We felt it conjured up associations with warmth, spice, richness and sweetness along with being earthy, special and distinct. What does it mean to you to be Black owned business? If you don't have a seat at the table you have to create your own table. We can't sit back and wait to be included. Waiting greatly affects each generation that remains invisible or voiceless.
What have been your greatest accomplishments and challenges so far?
Greatest accomplishments: Leaning to draw, learning how to create art in different formats using different applications.
Greatest challenges - Learning the nuts and bolts side of having a business. Learning by failing in relation to design choices, event choices etc. Trying to keep your prices in-line with the big companies who are creating products on a much bigger scale and can produce it much cheaper.
What makes Cinnamon & Brown different from arts, culture and lifestyle gift shops? We create contemporary aesthetic representations of people of colour in different formats. Affordable and usable artwork that is accessible to everyone. We also promote positive news stories in the form of blogs and social media posts - changing the narrative of the Black British experience and that of the diaspora. A celebration of Black culture, heritage and lifestyle, all aimed at building a positive self identity.
What advice do you have for Black creatives or entrepreneurs?
Keep at it. Connect with other creatives, advertise on multiple platforms. Engage with your prospective audience. Have multiple streams of income.
How can we support small businesses?
Small businesses do not have the budget or the backing of a large company so it can be really hard to get seen or recognised. However, there are so many ways to support a small business and most of them are free! There has never been a better time to grow a company than now - together we can create and build a space for ourselves. Things that YOU can do for a small business whose products you love:
Follow them on social media
Comment on their posts
Leave a thumbs up or an emoji
Share their content on different platforms - FB, IG, Whatsapp etc
Repost their content
Give them feedback - if its positive make it public - if its negative, tell them privately.
Tell them what else you want - give them suggestions
Tag a friend(s) or a company(ies).
Give them a should out
Buy something for yourself or as a gift
Post pictures of you with their product.
Write a review / Post a review
Go to their event(s)