My Favorite Color: Black 


Article by Mindy Hargesheimer

Photography by Mindy Hargesheimer

It's that simple: My FAVORITE color is BLACK!! Onyx, Jet, Ebony, whatever you call it, I can't get enough it and it makes my warm heart happier than ever when I find a new, luxurious shade-of-black addition to add into my life. It's a classic, timeless, bold, and rich "color" (Yeah yeah, it's not technically a color, I get it.) and never ceases to make a statement whether it is in your OOTD, home decor, or anywhere else you can weave it into your every day life!

As a lover of all things made locally in Kansas City, I more often than not shop our local boutiques, artists, gift stores, and freelance makers for their best creations made in black, and I've compiled a list of my favorite "staples" made and sold by Kansas City makers.

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Tyler Kingston Mercantile: Kansas City Camp Flag + Camera Coin Bank + Customizable Tile Mat

Tyler Kingston Mercantile is a modern general store, founded by Ryan + Jess Mead. We curate goods for men, women, home + life with locations Kansas City and Dallas. Our ever changing, small batch inventory includes home goods, apparel, accessories, apothecary, gifts + lifestyle goods.  

WHITNEYMANNEY Fashion | Textiles: Large Drip Acrylic + Enamel Earring

Translating the aesthetics of street art and the effects of cultural movements on the current urban landscape into ready-to-wear wearable art and textile design is the main focus of the WHITNEYMANNEY label...Through each garment and accessory, we challenge you to wear your statement.

MADE MOBB: City of Champs LIV Hooded Sweatshirt + KC OG Black Tee

Established in 2013, MADE MOBB is a streetwear brand based in Kansas City, Missouri. Influenced by midwest grit, MADE MOBB works to build onto the growing streetwear scene by pioneering their take on midwest streetwear. Each piece by the brand is created with midwest values in mind: hard work, craftsmanship, culture, and community.

Rightfully Sewn: Fashion Mask in Black

Rightfully Sewn® provides seamstress training for individuals so they can thrive in a specialized workforce that will reestablish Kansas City as an epicenter of garment manufacturing, while at the same time, propel Kansas City fashion designers to market so they can supply the burgeoning demand for high-quality, American-produced garments.

Gallup Map: 1911 Kansas City Antique Map

Gallup Map is in the top 15 oldest continuing operating companies in Kansas City circa 1875. Gallup Map proudly creates reproductions of vintage, antique and historical maps; custom decorative lake maps from the middle west region; and “honor maps” that show the country or city of a family’s ancestry—all enhanced and preserved through our mounting and framing services. We continue to add products and new ideas such as shirts to our product line. 

Mano's Wine: Custom Etched & Hand Painted Wine Bottles

Mano's is the industry leader in manufacturing and distribution of deep etched and hand painted one for a variety of entities. This include but not limited to, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Pittsburg Penguins, several state and private universities along with a number of Fortune 5000 companies. Through this experience, we have developed an efficient manufacturing process and top-notch quality checks which allows us to bring our best possible product to the marketplace.

Golden & Pine: Lucky Yarn Horseshoe

Golden & Pine is an ethical home boutique that shares the story behind every design. We have a personal connection with each of the makers to help you curate a livable + interesting home that’s full of stories.

The General Store & Co.: Kazi African Woven Goods

The General Store & Co. opened in the heart of downtown Overland Park in 2011. We're a modern mercantile curating a wide selection of design-led everyday goods, thoughtful gifts and curiosities all sourced locally, regionally and globally. And we like to have fun. 

The Kansas City Clothing Company: Horizon Tee

At The Kansas City Clothing Co., we know there’s a difference between that one great t-shirt and all the others in your drawer. Which is why we strive to create apparel that embodies the beating heart of this city we love so much. From hanging out in Westport to the listening to jazz on 18th and Vine to the Crossroads Art District and beyond; we’re the City of Fountains. Of Burnt Ends BBQ. Of The Plaza Country Club. Of Football Tailgates! A place where the person next door is not only your neighbor but a friend. 

3DHQ Kansas City: Custom 3D Printed Statues

3DHQ is your destination for everything 3D. From Rapid Prototyping, to 3D printing you and your family, if you can dream it, we can print it! A 3D printed statue is a life-like miniature version of you, your family or your pet. It can be anything you want – a personalized wedding cake topper, a memorialization of your pet, yourself as an action-figure or the most modern family portrait to date. Your imagination is our inspiration.

Untamed Supply: Scented Soy Candles

When this adventure began in 2015 the intention of Untamed Supply was to bring the essence of nature indoors, with the hopes of inspiring people to live an unbridled and untamed life. Since then many outdoor endeavors have occurred while we seek out new inspiration which fuels the spirit and soul of Untamed Supply. As we say “we have a knack for capturing nature’s pheromones."

Zum Bar Soap - Indigo Wild: Soy Wax Candles

The Zum Crew at The Zum Factory in Kansas City, MO are a conglomeration of delightfully wacky plant lovers with a passion for natural bliss and soul-tingling good vibes. Filled with foodies and tapdancing fanatics, rescue pup mommas and papas, yogis and shower singers, goat whisperers and cocktail connoisseurs, and everything else a dreamer could dream under our purple, plant-based sun. All the Zum in the world comes from these scent-obsessed happies including the famous Zum Bar, Zum Clean Laundry Soap, Zum Mist Aromatherapy Sprays, Zum Wash Liquid Soap, and more plant-packed Zum products to thoroughly cover your body and home.

Lights on Mason: Vintage Radio Speaker Lighting

My Booth Lights On Mason is Super Full of unique one of a kind Vintage Lighting. Over 100 lights created from things like 1920 Radio Speakers, Model T Buggy Lanters, Fireman Nozzels and so much more. Supporting the Tyler Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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