March was Women's History Month; During that time, it's imperative to not only honor the women of the past that have afforded us our opportunities and freedom, but also look to the present in order to blaze a trail that inspires the women of the future. Women's History Month is not only marked by business however, but by the ability of women to access the future's they want on their own accord. Women's History Month has not always been as inclusive as it seems today however, due to discrimination against non-white women and women with disabilities. Black women, and other non-white women, have had to fight for their rights as women, functioning members of society, and the ability to retain the rights afforded to white women. Through establishing businesses, organizing, protesting, and supporting our fellow community members, we follow the path that the women before us have walked in order to increase the standard of living for women of color in the U.S.
For this reason, we, at SK Couture, have always been a champion of supporting women in their endeavors including our founder, Sania King. At our store location in Maplewood, New Jersey we house the beautiful artworks of Carol Black-Lemon and recognize the strength in not only endorsing ourselves, but fellow Black women in a world that often ignores us. We salute women like Sojourner Truth, Maya Angelou, and Toni Morrison that have often brought Black women and their issues to the forefront so that we recognize the intrinsic value of community. An annual event hosted by Springfield Township "Windows for Women Art Display" encourages arts in the community while highlighting the works of Black artists whether they be established or up and coming.
With this in mind, what does it mean to support Black women and their businesses? Attend our events, shop from us, inquire, or just visit our storefronts and websites to see what we offer. In order to thrive as a Black business owner, one has to be given the same chance as any other. So often within our community, Black businesses are held to an unfair standard that consumers would not apply to their regular shopping ventures. While all businesses should be held to a certain standard, there should also be a level of humanity involved in dealings with small business owners. That is what it means to support Black women in business, understanding that they too are human and trying their best - recognizing that your dealings are interpersonal and not with a faceless corporation.
Customers should expect the highest quality as reflected in the money spent in these stores while owner's time and work should also be taken into account. At SK Couture, we appreciate the standards our customers hold us to, as we do the same. We work hard to provide quality merchandise and service that makes you feel as comfortable in your shopping experience, as you would in your own home.