I’m guilty of being a sucker for luxurious accessories and that passion becomes more apparent when I got my hands on a few items from BLACK. BLACK is actually an acronym that stands for Black Luxury Accessories Crafted & Keenly. And the story behind this company is just inspiring. Paula Reeves, the founder of BLACK came up with the vision to build this in the year 2006. Before all this, she had a wonderful career in different fields but all came to halt as she got severely sick. It took her 5 whole years before she started looking for a new purpose in life. She traveled to India in search of inspiration and found that in the most unlikely place. A beautifully handcrafted pashmina ring shawl intrigued her. It made her think about the craftsmanship and the legacy that had been passed down in form of a shawl throughout generations. That’s when the idea struck her. She wanted to build something that would preserve such craft while gifting the entire world the opportunity to enjoy luxurious accessories. That’s how BLACK started.
Since that day, BLACK is working with such artists all over the globe to produce their luxurious accessories. From handbags to beautifully crafted leather gloves, they manufacture a bunch of stuff for both men and women. And I was lucky to get my hands on a couple of things such as their cashmere scarf. Do you remember the animation movie Big hero six? I know I’m going completely off the track but I have a reason. There’s a character called Baymax in that movie which is a big, soft, fluffy robot. I always wanted to hug that thing and probably I got a taste of it when I first rapped this cashmere scarf around my neck. It was just so soft and warm. That’s how a 100% authentic cashmere should feel like when it’s in contact with the skin. But there is a lot of intricate weaving that gives the scarf the cozy factor.
The company is able to do such fine work just because they still source their work to family-run small businesses. These people live for their work and that can be seen in their goods. And I admire the hell out of BLACK for not jumping on the mass production bandwagon like others. They didn’t sacrifice the quality of their accessories just to make more profits.
The luxurious cashmere scarves helped to build the brand. But talking about it is just like scratching the surface. That’s because they didn’t stop there and went ahead building an entire collection of luxurious accessories. And you can get just more than cashmere. There is a stunning collection of hand-stitched leather bags from Italy. I liked their suede gloves which were as nice as the scarf. Even they have socks for men. And what are they made of? Obviously, cashmere. They even use cotton, linen and other high-quality materials to make a whole bunch of stuff like ties, pocket squares to name a few.
I think this is the perfect place to shop for luxurious fashion accessories for both men and women. The quality of the products is on par with any big brand. But I believe you will find the extra incentive to look into BLACK as they are more affordable.