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BLK MKT Vintage: Reclaiming Objects and Curiosities That Tell Black Stories

Jannah Handy, Kiyanna Stewart

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Photography & photographs, History, Interior design, decor & style guides

Black Futures meets Antiques Roadshow and TheHome Edit. BLK MKT Vintage is a visual exploration into the world and work of the highly successful vintage/antique concept shop and growing brand, BLK MKT Vintage, that expands upon the founders' vision to collect, curate, and share vintage objects that tell Black stories.

This one-of-a-kind treasure trove of Black cultural ephemera, from the entrepreneurs behind the vintage shop BLK MKT Vintage, expands on their mission to curate vintage objects that tell Black stories and celebrate the contributions Black people have made to our American consciousness.

Jannah Handy and Kiyanna Stewart have spent years scouring piles, stacks, bookshelves, and dilapidated boxes in search of themselves and their history, Black history. Through their Brooklyn brick-and-mortar BLK MKT Vintage and online shop, they have uncovered tens of thousands of items including vintage literature, vinyl records, clothing, art, decor, furniture and more.

BLK MKT Vintage: Reclaiming Objects and Curiosities That Tell Black Stories invites readers into Handy and Stewart's work and partnership as they pick, collect, curate, design, and reimagine futures for the objects of the past. Brimming with more than 300 photographs of vintage pieces of ephemera, the book is a beautiful, ephemeral object itself calling to mind a scrapbook or family album that has a surprise on every page whether that's 1972 celluloid pins from Shirley Chisholm's presidential campaign, early 1800's hand-drawn maps of the African continent, or 1920's bound yearbooks from various HBCUs. The book also explores the various concepts that ground Handy and Stewart's work; interviews with Black archivists, artists, memory workers and collectors - including a foreword from Spike Lee; a look into their private collection of thousands of items they have discovered over the years; an explanation of the different players in the antiques and vintage world; and tips and tricks on how to begin your own collection and curate physical spaces that reflect your identity and experience.

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