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How BLK MKT Vintage Is Recontextualizing History Through Rare Cultural Relics

Posted On: Jun 30, 2020   |   Posted By: Hypebeast

How BLK MKT Vintage Is Recontextualizing History Through Rare Cultural Relics

How does one become a purveyor of a specific culture? For starters, by living in it. That's not to say that one can't trade and sell certain cultural items simply because they aren't of that community , but it is undeniable that a first-hand perspective cements a particular authenticity that can't be learned. That perspective becomes all the more important during a pandemic - and not just one, but what some would consider two, what with the global health crisis brought on by the coronavirus and the far-reaching racial justice uprising. Moments like these have historically presented a breeding ground for the media to perpetuate biased perceptions of Black people, solidifying the need for more authentic stories to be told by the community themselves. Enter BLK MKT Vintage : the self-described "curators of a collection of Black curiosities, heirlooms and collectibles,” which began as an online marketplace five years ago and recently opened a brick-and-mortar shop in Brooklyn (though the store...

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