Our team at Empressive Finds is successfully tipping the balances by embodying what we’ve boldly defined as “Cultural Appreciation”. After all, Empressive Finds’ Afro-Asiatic influence is showcased in our signature look: a high head wrap and nose chain - a stunning combination derived from Rasta Boboshanti culture, the Dravidians of India, and the eclectic styles of continental Africa. It’s an effective antithesis to cultural appropriation, which is defined as “the unacknowledged or inappropriate adoption of the customs, practices, ideas, etc. of one people or society by members of another and typically more dominant people or society.” Our intuitive approach includes the following methods and highlights the ancient practices of traded goods, which encouraged balanced & symbiotic inspiration:
- Incorporating ethically sourced jewelry and fair-trade fabrics from local artisans.
- Providing context and proper crediting for distinct subcultures in product descriptions.
- Hiring black and brown models from a variety of ethnic backgrounds.
- Employing a culturally diverse team, comprised of members of Black and/or Indian descent.
By showing reverence to an amalgamation of cultures while ensuring sustainability and embracing cultural diversity, Empressive Finds is truly exemplifying Cultural Appreciation.