BROOKLYN, NY (PRWEB) February 06, 2013
Noir A-Go Go, an online store which offers Black pinup girl-themed compacts, magnets, tote bags, and more, now wants to be a 1-stop shop for celebratory Black History Month greeting cards and assorted gifts.
“Although I try and celebrate, to revere Black culture daily it’s nice to have a month where I have to really dedicate myself to it, to really think about what being Black in this world, this country means, past and present,” says Owner /Designer K.C. Washington. “Hell, I started Noir A-Go Go as a way to do just that as well as to bring more black beauty to the world!”
With postcards, magnets, and tote bags with saying like “Fear Is So 1950s” and “Hot Chocolate Served Daily” Washington could argue that Black History Month was made just for Noir A-Go Go---perhaps the one and only Black pinup girl-themed gift store in the world.
“I think our “Black History Begins At Home” and “Black Beauty Rules” postcards and magnets are a lovely way to acknowledge the beauty and strength of African Americans,” says Washington.
Launched in January 2011 the boutique company seeks to put a sepia spin on the stationery/gift industry.
“The American pinup girl genre, beginning with WWII sweetheart Betty Grable and continuing on down the line to the infamous Betty Page, is a revered piece of American nostalgia. From the 1940s until the present, girls from California to New York don pencil skirts, tight polka dot sweaters, fishnet stockings, stacked heels, and “victory roll” their hair, in order to achieve "the look." And although companies as diverse as clothing, house wares, and novelty gifts, have capitalized on the desire of women to be sexy and sweet, one rarely sees a black pinup.”
Noir A-Go Go is determined to change that. Celebrating its two year anniversary in January, conceived as a love letter to Black women and men, the company employs original artwork to showcase black pinups in classic poses with culturally specific sayings like "Trust Me Sugar, I've Overcome!" and explores the virtually unknown, certainly unexplored, world of the glamorous black woman circa 1950.
Profiled in the online Black women’s lifestyle magazine Madame Noire, a hit with the Harlem Book Fair, the Brooklyn Book Fair, the 6th Annual NYC Black Doll Show, the Afro Punk Festival, and gift stores around NYC, Noir A-Go Go puts the black in the magic that is 50s Americana.
About Owner and Designer K.C. Washington
K.C. launched Noir A-Go Go in January 2011, with the idea that something was missing within the American pinup girl genre, namely women of color. So she decided to put what she calls a sepia spin on the beloved genre and Noir A-Go Go was born. Convinced that the world is more than familiar with the image of African Americans fighting for their rights during the Civil Rights era, she wants to show another image from that time---one of glamour and wit. A Mellon Fellow and a novelist with a background in journalism and literary and historical fiction, K.C. has raised the curtain on a world of beautiful, empowered, stylish women (and a few men) and placed them on everything from magnets and tee shirts to tote bags and greeting cards, with more to come as she expands.