Interview: Lara Senbanjo & Kemi Lawson of The Cornrow
Meet Lara Senbanjo & Kemi Lawson, the founders of The Cornrow.
Inspired to bring the Black experience to the forefront, they built a business that brings them and their African heritage.
Check out below for a little insight into the women behind the brand.
TCTLE: Why did you start creating?
Lara & Kemi: We found that there was a lack of home decor available which represented us and our African heritage. We built The Cornrow to bring the Black experience to the forefront and celebrate the plethora of creativity you can find across Africa and the diaspora in a way which was vibrant, fun and affordable.
T: Why do you continue to create?
L&K: Because the job's not done yet! We are just getting started - there's so much we have on our vision boards of products we would love to create that we are excited to get to work on.
T: Who and what are your favorite music artist(s), movie(s), and/or TV show(s) to listen to when creating?
L&K: We miss "Insecure" since it ended. The music, clothes, the places, the jokes—it had it all.
T: Who or what inspires you and why?
L&K: There are too many people to go through. But we like to model The Cornrow on being a store you could imagine in Wakanda. That movie was a transitional moment in Black Culture and showing what Black Power and Black Creativity can be - superpowers optional.
T: What’s a home good or accessory you own that is special to you and why?
L&K: We created a range of cushions and throws using textiles from Haiti and Cape Town as part of our Cornrow Heritage collection. Both textile teams were Black Design Houses (Yael et Valerie & Shine Shine) who put a modern spin on more traditional textile aesthetics. They really encompass everything we are about at The Cornrow - a modern Black aesthetic.
T: Who are your fave creative WOC and where can we find them on the internet?
L&K: Kazvare Made It - a Black female illustrator based in London. Follow her Instagram for some of the most hilarious and beautifully illustrated political commentary as well as her own range of lifestyle products. She collaborated with us on an Afrobeats collection of kitchen items as well which continues to make us smile.