Malene Barnett is the president and design director of Malene B, a company specializing in handcrafted custom carpets, inspired wallcoverings and artisan tiles. Her luxe creations have enlivened premier hotels, iconic office buildings, and sophisticated private spaces. A cultural enthusiast and passionate entrepreneur, Malene collaborates with international artisans. She also avidly shares her business sense with creative entrepreneurs via her Malene B Essentials e-guide series, public speaking engagements, her Huffington Post and Design Sponge columns, and her interview spotlights in both national and international press, including print, web, TV and radio. Experience her celebrated collection at www.maleneb.com.
What Does Black History Month Mean To You This Year?
Black History Month (which should be a year-round celebration), is a time to connect, discover and acknowledge the accomplishments of the people in our community, both past and present. The stories are sources of inspiration are a good reminder not to be complacent, complain about challenges, or settle for mediocrity. It’s also a time to reflect and think about the legacy we are creating to inspire the next generation. I think about my own accomplishments, and it's great knowing that my work and life are contributing to our history.
What Is On Trend Right Now?
I’m seeing many home products/fashion designers outsourcing manufacturing to various countries in Africa. It’s great to see the continent engaging in manufacturing, as opposed to being solely used as a source of inspiration. The “Made in A specific country in Africa” label is not only preserving arts, but also contributing to the economy and enhancing the reputation of a continent that has been portrayed with so much negativity. I hope this movement inspires more creative entrepreneurs to think outside the box when it's time to manufacture collections.
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