As some of you may know, T&J Designs was part of the recent batch of 500 Startups and we recently finished our program with them. We met so many different companies and it was such an worth-while experience that we were so happy to have been a part of. One of our favorite companies we met along the way was Blavity. Blavity is a community of the most exceptional multi-cultural creators and influencers in the world. They partner with diverse content creators and influencers to help them reach a wider audience, amplify their message, and fund their hustles. They believe that the world shifts according to the way people see it. We love to share new companies and we are proud to say that we have partnered with Blavity and were so excited to launch our curated collection that you can shop on our website!
To get an idea of who and what Blavity truly is, we interviewed their team members, Sabine and Morgan:
T&J: Tell us about Blavity and your readers.
Blavity: Blavity is a digital community of black millennials covering everything from content, tech and culture. We are on the pulse of what important conversations and movements are happening in our community. Our readers are a highly engaged community of influencers, entrepreneurs, and creators. Many have started their own companies and initiatives; while others are leading conversations and cultural movements.
T&J: What’s the most recent important topic discussed?
Blavity: Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest is an important topic being discussed recently. The conversations surrounding his protest, which other athletes are now joining, confronts notions of constitutional rights and an athlete’s role in activism/social movements.
T&J: What separates you from other media companies?
Blavity: Blavity is about bringing people together and building community. There is a unique and authentic voice. We are consistently thinking about how to tell a story that is unique to that platform, that drives culture forward, that is engaging. We’ve focused getting to know our audience and deepening those relationships. Part of knowing our audience is knowing where to find them. Blavity is shaking things up by thinking about digital first. Reaching our audience on Instagram, Twitter, or in their inboxes.
T&J: Your voice is so important, can anyone submit an article or do you have dedicated writers?
Blavity: Blavity has an open submission platform where members of the community can submit to share their experiences and opinions. We also have a dedicated editorial team that stays highly engaged in current conversations and aims to drive culture forward.
T&J: Since we love fashion and style, who are some inspirational favorite designers/models of yours?
Blavity: We have had the pleasure of featuring and discussing some amazing designers and models who are challenging convention and creating fresh new looks. To name a few: Solange, Zendaya, Willow & Jaden Smith.
T&J: What’s your favorite T&J Designs item?
Blavity: We love T&J Designs’ killer style. One Blavity favorite is the Miss Boss shirt. Women are killing the game right now and we are claiming our successes.
Mrs. Boss Tee | Gunmetal Candy Necklace
T&J: What key message do you want to give out to our customers/readers?
Blavity: Your moment is right now. If you’ve been researching and thinking and plotting…just start!
We decided that for Blavity to understand who WE are as a company, we sent them our favorite T&J Designs pieces, that they rocked so eloquently! Here are a couple snapshots of Blavity team members rocking our stuff:
You Had Me at Merlot Tee | Miss Boss Tee | Brown Double Layer Pom Pom Necklace
Pop the Champagne Black and Gold Glitter Tee
Champagne Luxe Wing Earrings
Modern Black Marbled Stone Choker
Four Strand Gray Metallic Bead Choker
Turquoise Triple Layer Pom Pom Necklace
Turquoise Beaded Tassel Earrings