Ua Hayes, Howard University News Service
Cowprint, a Washington D.C.-based Black woman owned brand and organization, dropped their spring 2021 collection in February. Cowprint is an indie resale shop specializing in unique thrifted finds, custom creations, and vintage statement fashion. The brand launched in summer of 2019 and built a steady following of customers and clients. In addition to providing a unique and curated shopping experience to shoppers of all shapes, gender, and sizes, Cowprint also offers editorial styling services and creative direction.
Cowprint collaborated most recently with mĀK Collective, a D.C.-based art collective promoting creativity, accountability, and community for and by Black creative youths. Cowprint styled mĀK Collective’s most recent project, “Negros With Gunz,” an Afro-Western shoot inspired by Robert F. Williams’ book of the same title.
Cowprint was founded by Rachel Eshelman, 24, and Skye Cummings, 20, a pair of District area- based creatives who met while working together at Buffalo Exchange, a consignment store known for its selective buyers and trendy fashion items. Unlike Buffalo Exchange, Cowprint has taken a more customized approach to building their brand.
Cowprint offered the following statement about their upcoming launch, “We’re trying to move in a more focused direction by releasing smaller collections of higher quality items. We want to become better known as a brand that offers high quality and well curated statement pieces. We’re also working on expanding the selection of Cowprint merch designed by us and developing a better website.”
Over the past two years, Cowprint has built a loyal following including Dayla Dears, 22, who has been a patron of Cowprint since its founding.
“As a Black woman, knowing that my money is going directly to two incredibly talented Black women is enough satisfaction in itself. Not only is their inventory sustainable, but it speaks to all of the current trends that I’m personally a fan of. From the revival of Ed Hardy, to the y2k wonderland vibes that seem to be dominating the fashion scene, they have it all and I’m happy to support them,” she said.
Cowprint will be hosting an in-person pop-up shop at Dupont Underground. Dupont Underground is non-profit a community arts organization committed to developing a multidisciplinary platform for creative expression. Cowprint’s spring inventory is available for purchase on their website: www.cowprint.net.