MSU junior, 20, opens DBN Boutique for Black women in East Lansing

Onylah Taggart, 20, of DBN Boutique in East Lansing.

EAST LASING — Frustrated by a lack of shops for Black women in East Lansing — and by unreliable online retailers — a Michigan State University student is taking fashion into her own hands.

After months of renovations on a M.A.C. Avenue office space, Onylah Taggart opened the doors last week at DBN Boutique, which offers a mix of styles catering to young Black women.

“We need more clothing stores,” said Taggart, a junior advertising management student. “We shouldn’t have to sit (at home) right there and order things online and cross our fingers to make sure it comes in time.”

Taggart said most students can shop for clothes in downtown East Lansing and around MSU’s campus, but Black women have to leave the city to find a store that suits them. Already, she’s running low on what she calls DBN’s “Kim K” sets — a crop top and leggings.

Katheleen Knopf

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