Meet Our Founders


Co-founded by Lavalais and Ella; a jeweler and a milliner.
The Black Artist Marketplace was created in November of 2020 when the decision was made to fill a void to bring the African American Festival experience to an online platform. Their goal was to bring awareness to black artists and designers who previously had not been seen or heard of and to showcase them to a new and vibrant online audience. Reaching 10,000 social media followers in less than a year they are continuing to promote and bring a distinctive edge to online shopping focusing primarily on selling handmade wearables from black and brown creatives.