The Ngozi Design Group, is the parent company of Ngozi Design Collective, Ngozi Custom Studio and Talking Drum Marketing. Andrea and Leon Carter are owners/partners creating jewelry and clothing and selling on their website and in small markets and boutiques. The company was launched in Alpharetta, Georgia in 2009 and moved to Durham, North Carolina shortly thereafter. We continued selling in small markets and quickly grew our business while working with a downtown boutique where we were able to create and sell products while learning how to run a small brick and mortar boutique. In 2015, we had the opportunity to open our own boutique and while continuing to sell Ngozi jewelry, accessories and clothing we were able to grow a robust custom clothing business, create an in-store consignment shop and collaborate with over 100 artists and designers consigning their hand made products. We were also able to rent space, host receptions and trunk shows, readings and other community events. The Ngozi Design Collective closed its doors in 2019 and continued doing business online with a variety of artists, designers and sewists. Later that same year Ngozi joined the Artists of Golden Belt and created and showcased their first novelty collection named ONI. Our collection, ONI - translated as “Sacred Ground” in Yoruba, retraces history and explores possibility by honoring a long tradition of block printing, quilting and unique fashion crafted by Black women and men from West Africa to America.This collection showcases creativity and spirituality through colors, textiles and designs unique to the collective sartorial genius of black men and women here on the continent and in the diaspora. Ngozi Design provides a unique blend of inspirational design and enhanced personal style and carries the banner “Enhance Your Swagger.
Talking Drum Marketing, a division of Ngozi, is the business management and marketing arm of the business. Talking Drum services include creation of promotional flyers/posters/catalogs, business cards, e-mail promotions and all the marketing tools necessary for a small business. In addition to handling marketing for Ngozi, Leon is also Business Manager for the day-to-day operations in bookkeeping and accounting.
Check out more of their products on their website www.Ngozidesign.com, Facebook at Ngozi Design Collective, and Instagram @ngozidesign