Black Branded, Fly and Chic Creative Masks By Black STL Designers. Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the CDC is recommending that the public wear face masks to flatten the curve in an effort to mitigate the spread of the virus. Due to a national shortage of masks, many black business owners are rolling up their sleeves, pulling out their sewing machines, and have stepped up to the plate to provide face masks to those in need.
It seems that during the most challenging times people have become creative and innovative while providing a very necessary service to the community. I guess the old saying still stands true. “When you’ve got lemons make lemonade” and black business owners in St. Louis and other areas have joined in to do just that.
Celeste Madhere is a cousin from another who hails from Chicago. Celeste recently created 60 masks for Kroger employees. Celeste not only designs beautiful masks she is also an interior designer. You can visit Celeste on Instagram, Facebook, and ForTheLuvOfColor.
Sheryl Rogers is a St. Louis native, a seamstress, and an educator in the St. Louis area. Working in education and doing for others is in her blood, so providing face masks for our community is 2nd nature. You can reach out to Sheryl Denise Rogers on Facebook.
Charles Partee and his wife are tag-teaming and designing facial masks. An abandoned sewing machine and the need to protect their family soon grew into a thriving business.
Charles Partee and his wife Victoria are making it a family affair and have various custom designs for you to choose from. Victoria started off making Stethoscope covers for her co-workers, pillows for her family and friends, and as Charles puts it “then boom”. After making 60 masks the Partees gave the masks away. Soon afterward their timeline was flooded with requests.
The Partees have various designs for you to choose from at $2 per mask. They’ve chosen to sell their masks at $2 piece because the ultimate goal is the preservation of life. You can reach out to Charles Partee and his lovely wife at Charles Partee’s Facebook, via text 314-753-1562 or inbox.
Shalair Halfkenny Armstrong is another featured black entrepreneur. She is also the owner of Dispora Africa where you can purchase African inspired fashion accessories. Dispora Africa focuses on culture, art, and lifestyle. You can learn more about Shalair on Facebook and at ThatLadysCloset on Etsy.
Darlyshia A. Menzie is another talented designer who says she is responding to a need. Menzie originally wanted to protect her family. Since then has shipped her masks to at least 7 states. The mother and wife is also a speaker, accountability coach, and trainer. Menzie is the author of three books and she offers E-Courses and virtual courses through her website at Fervent Servant Life. To purchase Darlyshia’s masks, books, and other products you can visit her website at The Fervant Servant Life Shop and on Facebook.
Chris Simpson is one of the two brother entrepreneurs on our list providing stylish masks for businesses and personal use. Chris is the owner of Raw Blend Custom Apparel. He is also the founder of The Original St. Louis Natural Hair and Black Cultural Expo. You can visit the website. Chris can be reached on Facebook and www.stlnaturalhairexpo.com/.
Check out our list, which provides the names of black business owners that are in the masks making business.
Celeste Madhere www.facebook.com/celeste.johnny
Charles Partee www.facebook.com/charles.partee.1
Shalair Halfkenny Armstrong www.facebook.com/ShalairArmstrong
Darlyshia A. Menzie www.ferventservant.life/shop
Josephine Stokes www.facebook.com/JLuvle
Mariah Buie www.facebook.com/riah.buie
Nicole Roberts Bee Lewis www.facebook.com/nicole.roberts.3150
Tenika Davis www.facebook.com/tenika.m.davis
Fe Portwine www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100014740722166
Paula Divinisity Mwenelupembe www.facebook.com/paula.slatermwenelupembe
Sakenna Bonner www.facebook.com/sakennap
Alisha Martin www.facebook.com/alisha0909
Nnenna Tucker www.facebook.com/nnenna.mbatucker
Tammy Dunn www.facebook.com/Tamm.Dunn