There are few things in the world of business that delight me more than a mother-daughter
There are few things in the world of business that delight me more than a mother-daughter team. There’s something so special about intergenerational duos that are able to bring so many different layers and levels of wisdom and creativity to the table. And when it comes to Maya and Teta Gorgoni of Royal Jelly Harlem (above left and right, respectively), the wells of creativity and wisdom run deep.
Inspired by the richness and diversity of African design and prints, Maya decided to launch her own collection of fashion and home designs in 2011. Working with her mother, Teta, Maya launched her first series of designs from her home neighborhood of Harlem, New York City. The vivid colors and bold patterns in her work have created a devoted following of fans across the country, including some well known names in entertainment. Maya and Teta’s loyal customers come back time and again to support their eye-catching work, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they’ll continue to expand into the home furnishings world, too. I’d love to see more of these amazing patterns on chairs, sofas and more. Until then, read on after the jump to learn more about Maya and Teta and catch an excerpt of their interview from In the Company of Women! xo, grace
Photography by Sasha Israel for In the Company of Women
What did you want to be when you were a child"
Maya: I wanted to be a ballerina or an equestrian horse rider.
Teta: As a child, I built a grocery store in my backyard out of cardboard boxes, shelves and all, using empty cans of various can goods, cereal and rice boxes, etc. I used soda bottles to create soda pop with water dyed to look like strawberry, grape, orange and cola. My siblings and neighborhood friends were my “customers.” I was eight years old. So, I’ve always wanted to be the owner of my own business, that is, a businesswoma...