The wallpaper that is also a “reminder that my ancestors supported me”

Mr. Gibbs was inspired to use Harlem Toile on sneakers and Sonos speakers, and some of the limited-edition items sold out within just hours, something Mr. Gibbs is used to but which took Ms. Bridges off guard. Laughing, he recalled her calling him and saying, “’Man, like I’m getting killed on Instagram because I did something, and it sold out too quickly. Like, I never thought I’d say that.

Designing more affordable items gave Ms. Bridges as much pride as creating the wallpaper (basic colors cost $300 a roll). I bought the speakers while I was saving for the wallpaper. Ms. Bridges also sells a Harlem Toile umbrella for $30 and melamine plates, which cost $54 for a set of six. “I don’t have any children to pass it on to, but for me it’s part of my legacy – this design and the creation of these beautiful, meaningful things, accessible to many more people than would normally be able to access me. through interior design services,” she says.

Last year, a pair of Moroccan slippers, made with the Harlem Toile fabric, were featured in “Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room,” an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As a follow-up to the exhibit, Lisa Silverman Meyers, Global Head of Retail at the Met, has ordered a number of items featuring Harlem Toile designs – scarves, bags, pillows – for sale in the museum shop. She said Harlem Toile products are among the most viral. “She tweeted out at herself wearing the scarf. And I think we sold out all the scarves that week. The Harlem Toile scarf was the fastest selling in its category at the Met last year, and the Bridges collaboration was the second fastest selling at the Met in 2021. (A collaboration with Off White and the late Virgil Abloh has was the first.)

Recently Ms Bridges launched a collection with Wedgwood, the 263-year-old British pottery company known for its fine china. Mrs. Bridges had known the business for a long time as her mother collected Wedgwood Jasperware. “We had a cabinet on the porch of our house in Philadelphia. All the shelves were filled with Wedgwood.

One of Mrs. Bridges’ most prized possessions is a Wedgwood anti-slavery medallion her mother gave her; she made a necklace out of it that she still wears all the time. The ceramic medallion was created in 1787 by Josiah Wedgwood, who designed a cameo of a black man, kneeling with his hands clasped in a pose of prayer and supplication. The text around the figure reads: “Am I not a man and a brother?” Wedgwood belonged to the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade and created the medallion as a seal for the organization, Holland Cotter, co-chief art critic at The New York Times, recently wrote.

“I like that he didn’t have to do this, but it was important to him,” Ms Bridges said. “He used his artistry, his knowledge and ultimately his privilege in a meaningful way.”

Comments are closed.