I am Kim Franks, founder and lead curator of Liberated Roots Collection. I reside in St. Louis, MO, USA with my husband, 3 sons and canine companion, wearing multiple hats as an erstwhile practicing lawyer, stylist, thrift enthusiast, fashion buyer, bookkeeper, shopkeeper and political activist. After 4 years cultivating impact with a local ethical retail brand, I was inspired to channel my talents and experience into creating a brand that speaks to a more personal story.
I created Liberated Roots Collective to provide a space for shoppers to support Black creative entrepreneurs. As an African American woman, LRC is a labor of love in honor of the strength and resiliency of my ancestors and those who identify with an African ancestral heritage. Like many of our featured makers, I was raised surrounded by strong, creative Black persons of faith who knew how to make magic out of humble resources in the face of economic, racial, and gender inequity. This type of creativity and resiliency is the root system that has sustained, not only me, but the broader African diaspora and sparked nations to reimagine a future where our ecosystem is clean, we are free from systemic oppression and inequity, a future where we all thrive. After seeing the astounding drain of Black creative talent in my local community, I aim to create a shelter that helps sustain the work of Black makers and connects shoppers to high quality goods.
We are available for online sales, pop ups around St. Louis, and socially distanced private shopping appointments. I look forward to sharing regarding our featured makers through our blog and shop links. As sustainable shopping is another one of my passions, I will also be curating a selection of vintage apparel and accessories. Keep in touch by joining our mailing list, checking our website as we add new products and following along on Instagram.
Thank you for your support in this journey. Thank you for supporting small local, women and Black-owned business.
Peace and Blessings,