Albany Park furniture debuts West African-inspired prints

Published on : Friday, February 19, 2021

Inspired by African prints, e-commerce furniture retailer Albany Park has officially launched the new Ẹkáàbọ̀ collection, a limited-edition line inspired by Ankara, the vibrant wax prints from West Africa. “As African Americans, our ancestry has been completely cut off. We’ve had to create our own culture,” said Darryl Sharpton, Albany Park’s CEO and co-founder. “Now, through this discovery, I’m able to retroactively add my heritage to the American melting pot and infuse it into my company and my products.”

Sharpton said the successful release of the Akwaaba and Koyo prints last fall have resulted in the addition of two more prints Ademi and Idowu. The bold patterns are now available for the company’s Albany collection and Park collection. After learning that his roots originate in Nigeria, Sharpton said he was eager to integrate more of the West African culture into the world around him. He said that, with this new line, the company’s goal is to transform the rhythm and soul of the Nigerian culture into unique furniture pieces.

“The name of the line Ẹkáàbọ̀ comes from the Yoruba people across West Africa, who use it to make others feel at home,” he added. Sharpton said this new line of prints “brings all of the electrifying energy of West African cities right into living rooms.”

The company’s Ankara prints carry a variety of distinct meanings, from nods at pop culture to messages of good fortune often paired with a hidden message or wish to convey to others. “It’s a taste of tradition remixed with a contemporary design, waiting to welcome people all over the world home,” Sharpton said.

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