For Immediate Release

Chicago’s First Black Fashion Travel Guide Book Makes Its Debut During Black History Month

(Chicago, IL) -“The Little Black Boutique Guide Book” created by Melody Boykin, founder of Black Fashion Week,  released earlier this year via Black History Month featuring  boutiques around the Windy City and abroad. If ever there was a black owned travel guide needed in Chicago now is it. With the passing of one of Chicago’s Black boutique owners, Mr. Clifford Smith, owner of Fort Smith Boutique during Covid-19, a fashion resource guide is needed now more than ever to support Black business owners and remember their contributions to the Black fashion industry for generations to come. 


About the book: Similar to the BFW events, this book serves as a way of increasing the economic empowerment of Black-owned businesses by supporting the current “Buy Black” movement that has widely spread across the US in the midst of the global pandemic and Black Lives Matter social justice movement. This fashion directory is the first of its kind in the nation and is considered the modern-day version of the “Little Green Book” that was published during the 1940’s to help African Americans travel through Jim Crow America. This book is vital to providing consumers, especially African Americans, with the information needed to help sustain black businesses in difficult times such as these. In addition to featuring Black-owned fashion boutiques, the book features nearby Black-owned restaurants, cultural institutions, art galleries, book stores, beauty supply and spa businesses; all very important in making a shopping trip worthwhile and uniting Black fashion communities. Bonus features within the book include special discounts across most of the featured boutiques listed to help consumers tour stores outside of their own communities. There are also body image charts for women fostering positive self-images, a fashion glossary, a citywide map for navigating through Chicago neighborhoods and side trips to popular Black-owned stores across the nation.


 Fellow Chicagoans can purchase their books via Amazon or Barnes and Noble  by searching The Little Black Boutique Guide  @ A signed copy of the book can be ordered  on this page 

About the Author

Melody Boykin is a born fashionista, with a degree in Fashion, Marketing, and Black American Studies, she specializes in blending her education and career experience to inform, connect, and promote the awareness of Black businesses within the fashion industry. Melody is the founder of the Black Fashion Week | USA brand ( and nonprofit organization The Purple Carpet Project which has been featured on several TV, radio, and in print media including Good Day Chicago, Fox 32, and ABC7 Chicago. She is also a proud recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Women in Fashion award, presented by the Honorable Judge Dorothy Brown of the Cook County Clerk of Circuit Court. Follow Melody Boykin on FB, IG & Youtube @ BlackFashionWeekUSA

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