Buy Black Friday is a MadameNoire series that highlights the products and services of Black women-owned businesses.
Everyone has been hit hard by the current pandemic we’re experiencing. Big business and little businesses alike have been struggling to find ways to stay afloat while customers are in the house, without work, or budgeting their money carefully due to uncertainty.
But for those of us who still have the opportunity to work from home, who might actually be saving a little bit of coin since we’re not out and about, you might be looking to get some products to lift your spirits while simultaneously support a small, Black woman owned business.
Today, we’re featuring products from Trini Gee.
Opened in November 2017, Trini Gee features products inspired by Black culture and its icons. Trini started the show as a way to hone and perfect her Adobe and design skills. And from the looks of her products, I’d say she’s succeeded.
According to her Etsy site, “The product designs featured were created/curated with love and they showcase my diverse interests and pride. I imagine if I feel this passionately about certain things, then there must be others out there like me.”
What’s even better is that all of Trini Gee designs can be customized and she’s open to creating products of your own ideation.
Check out her products on the following pages.
This unisex sweatshirt, which comes in a variety of colors, features the faces of 20 Black moms from our television screens. You’ll find women all the way back from Mabel “Momma” Thomas on “What’s Happening” to Cookie Lyon on “Empire.” As Trini says on her site, “Let [the sweatshirt] serve as a reminder of their wisdom and possible inspire another real-life new or mature Black mom.”
This sticker perfect for your laptop computer, says it all. If you’re proud to have been conceived or nurtured through Black love, this sticker might be the way to represent that pride for people to see–and as a reminder to yourself. This sticker, which can be used both inside and out, comes in four colors and comes in three different sizes: including: 2×2, 3×3, 4×4 and 6×6.
Since you can’t make it to the nail salon, let this pillow serve as something like a mood board for inspiration until you can get back in the shop. According to the Trini Gee Etsy site, “This accent pillow features brown fingers and colorful nail designs. Created for black women who enjoy manicures and time in the salon, this beautiful indoor pillow comes in various sizes. The material is 100% polyester inside and out. It offers a double-sided print, a beige concealed zipper, and a removable cover. You can even wash this pillow, if necessary. Fluff it up and add it to your room’s decor today.”
Zora Neale Hurston is one of the greatest authors of all time. And she deserves to be celebrated and remembered. You can do just that with this mug, in which Ms. Hurston is adorned with flowers on her head. In this design, Hurston’s signature appears above her face and is the perfect way to honor this author, anthropologist, and folklorist. This would make the perfect gift for the writers in your life or the people who just love to read.
When we’re allowed to go back outside again, this beach tote will certainly come in handy as you transport your towels, books, sunscreen, snacks and any other essentials for a day in the sand. It’s not always that easy to find products that feature Black women doing ordinary things. And this tote is that. It comes in three sizes and can be customized upon request. The bag is made of 100% polyester, with an all black interior and is strong enough to last through all seasons.
There’s no question that the ladies of Hip Hop don’t always get the respect they deserve. But it doesn’t have to be like that in your house. Honor the women who have given us bop after bop with these mugs. Whether your favorites are more old school like Queen Latifah and Salt n Pepa or new like City Girls and Meg Thee Stallion, these cups have got you covered. The mugs feature 20 female rappers but if you don’t see your fave on here, you can have it customized to include her.
How timely! If you’re rocking this tote, there’s a chance that you’ve been about this hygienic lifestyle. But we all know that there are plenty of people who don’t see the value in cleaning their hands well and often. Remind them with this bag. This bag comes in three sizes, is made of polyester and features a print that covers the whole product.
According to Trini Gee’s Etsy site, this sweatshirt “is inspired by black girls and women who love pretty nails. Featuring brown hands and a manicure focus, this is a soft top that offers a comfortable feel. The material is 50% cotton and 50% polyester.” It comes in six different colors from size small to 2XL.
I saved my favorite for last. This printed tote bag features the faces of 20 Black women writers in two colors pink and purple. According to the site, “our bestsellers and award-winning talents are all right here on this bag. If you’re a literature lover like me, you will recognize every image and have probably even read most of their books. Don’t see a writer that you love or prefer to remove the face of someone you don’t? Let’s customize this bag to your liking.”