Culture Maker: Meena Osei-Kuffour of Vintage Royalty
Hi there! Mother's Day is coming up, mom! Chances are you're on somebody's list. And if you're a first-class giftee, you're ALWAYS telling your people what'll make your life a little jazzier. Lemme tell you about someone who's making all the goods you wanna get (and give) this year: Meena Osei-Kuffour of Vintage Royalty.
I met Meena at a holiday bazaar & fundraiser for Chicago Period Project at Emporium Logan Square. I was on the hunt for Xmas gifts for the ladies in my life and came across her display of uniquely awesome jewelry. In a flash, I’d snagged four pairs of earrings, including one for myself (see pic below), duh. I got to talking with Meena, who’s as sweet as can be, and thought, “I wanna know more about this cool person.” Well, hip-hip-hooray, she’s easy to badger and agreed to tell me... and us!
Hi, Meena. What do you do most days?
Most days I am creating and researching or working at my full time job. Vintage Royalty is something I do part-time at the moment.
Do you have any daily rituals?
I like to read certain excerpts from self help books. This is something thats brand new to my daily routine, but its putting me in a very optimistic mind set.
What are you currently working on?
Currently I am working on special jewelry orders for a concept store in New Orleans and a lingerie boutique in New York City.
Who/What is inspiring you?
I am inspired by everything! However, I get most excited by vintage-styled concepts and anything geometric. I'm obsessed with Solange. Her style is so revolutionary and fun and just EVERYTHING.
What should we be reading? Why?
Currently I am reading Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi which is super intense and very very interesting. I mostly read murder mystery books so this one has caught my interest in a strange way. This author has a way of talking about mental health that we all can identify with. The power of the mind and how it can alter your life.
What’s your favorite album or song?
My favorite album will forever be Tidal by Fiona Apple. I think I was in grammar school when it came out and I thought I knew exactly what she was talking about. Now that I am older the words speak to me so clearly! Other than that, I am listening to Jhene Aiko and Cardi B.
What clothes are making you feel good?
I love clothing that makes me feel sexy with the right cut and the right color. I'm super curvy, so making sure I accentuate the right areas are very important to me.
Any other favorite artists, poets, designers, or activists we should know about?
Finally, what’s your professional goal and how do you stay motivated to pursue it?
Down the road (hopefully in the near near future), I can see myself expanding my brand to be more lifestyle. I want to start with an online store then open a brick and mortar. My motivation definitely comes from deep within, I'm like my own cheerleader and my worst critic.