This month is one that we have been excited to share with you for some time! You may know that August marks the start of National Support Black Businesses Month and this year we are thrilled to be launching a dedicated campaign: #SupportBlackDesigners. Our aim is to celebrate the fantastic work that our black-owned businesses such as HueTribe, Kitsch Noir, Kazvare Made It, Afritistic, Pearl Ivy and Streetgreets have to offer.
For this month only, as well as the designers royalty being paid in full, all profits made on cards designed by these businesses will be going to a charity selected by the business owners/designers themselves. We shall reveal the final amount and charities at the end of August, so stay tuned. Here at Scribbler, we feel passionately about giving our designers the ability to use their work on our platform to support a cause close to their hearts.
Card by Kazvare Made It.
Keep a look out on our social platforms over the next month as we promote some of our favourite designs, as well as making the campaign a focal point on our website, blog and fabulous emails – sign up on our homepage now if you don’t want to miss out!
It’s our hope to gain as much exposure for these businesses as we can during this month, but obviously we won’t be stopping there. As a business, we will be making a conscious effort to highlight our black designers going forward and to offer a diverse range of cards to our customers.
Card by Pearl Ivy
Keep your eyes peeled for the latest instalments of our Face Behind The Cards blog series where we’ll be focussing on our Black business owners, their inspirations, how they feel about Black representation within the greetings card industry, and how they (and you!) can make a difference.
So far we have already posted this week with Tineka, the fabulous face behind the multicultural and LGBTQ greeting card line Huetribe, whose aim is to address the gaps of racial, cultural and sexual representation in the greetings card market. Read about this here.
Card by Huetribe
Back in June, we also caught up with Kitsch Noir’s Cherelle to promote her own #CelebrateBlackMen campaign, coinciding with Father’s Day. Get caught up and see for yourself how her work represents the love, joy and humour within the Black British experience. You can read this blog post here.
Our goal is to make sure that customers know we have these cards available and to encourage other black designers to send their work our way. We want to ensure that our card offering can resonate with everybody, and that black-owned businesses and designers know we are a platform that will work hard to ascertain their work is seen.
We are actively working towards making sure that diversity is the norm on our cards and that anyone can shop with us in store or online and feel that they as a customer are being catered to.
Card by Streetgreets
Scribbler aims to successfully contribute to an anti-racist society and particularly in light of recent events, we have been reflecting on how we can continuously improve our output as a company. While we acknowledge that there is still a lot more work to do, we hope that going forward, Scribbler can be a greetings card community that all will feel they can connect and relate to.
Card by Afritistic
While we are working on educating and improving ourselves, this is not one-sided; it is an open and ongoing conversation and therefore we would welcome any feedback from you on how we can become a better business, especially in terms of diversity.
You can support our talented black designers and check out all the amazing and diverse work they have to offer in the new #SupportBlackDesigners dedicated section of our website now or click here.