Observations of an Invisible Woman

Introducing Charmain Franklin: CEO of the Tambo Collection

Born in Jamaica and raised in Toronto, Canada, I founded Tambo Collection in 2006 after becoming disenfranchised with my current occupation as a Registered Nurse in Canada. I began to bead as therapy using African trade beads and natural beads. I gave these beads away as gifts and as time went by, I started selling them at events.. I convinced myself I could do it…   —- Charmain Ceo and Founder of the Tambo Collection

And boy did she ever!

Glass beads


These are just a few of the beautiful, handmade items from this very determined woman’s shop on etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/tambocollection

And her own personal website:


Cowry print dress

Back away, ladies. This dress is mine.

Ms. Franklin blew me away with her creativity and design skills and convinced me that all Africans are capable of using our natural God-given gift of imagination to build an empire. She carries headwraps, which is needed to protect our crown (chakra) from evil. She has clothing for children as well as shoes and the much coveted Mudcloth Fabric.

 This business has allowed me to quit Nursing and follow my dreams. I married and moved to New York in 2012. Today I carry not only my unique fashions but I have created the unique ready-made African head wrap called Afri Wrap, a versatile head wrap for those who have trouble tying head wraps. My head wraps come with instructions and as a customer states, “it’s fool proof”. Today, my shop is a mix of African prints, trade beads, supplies and one of a kind African fashions and accessories. A true reflection of my culture and what I love.

Follow Charmain on twitter:


And Facebook:


This incredible young woman has words of wisdom for the black family:

I live by the words of the honorable Marcus Garvey: “If you have no confidence of self, then you are twice defeated in the race of life.”

Black family

We are doing everything possible in this fight called independence but we need your support. Please do not buy from the European. We have ALL that you need. But from us and just us. Keep the money in our community and take back what truly belongs to you: Everything.

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12 thoughts on “Introducing Charmain Franklin: CEO of the Tambo Collection

  1. Love it! I love anybody who lives by a Marcus Garvey credo. This is the spirit in which I strive to live. Beautiful stuff! Kudos to the Sis!

  2. I love this as well. I love us doing for us, but sis you got men in your audience as well.

    Big up to Charmin Franklin, me thinks you will do fine.

  3. Glad you enjoy it.

  4. Jesus

    Thanks. Give me some men…any male business owner and I’ll plug him.

  5. Thanks everyone. I will have lots of men’s clothing coming soon…. it’s a work in progress, gotta take care of the ladies first 🙂

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  7. Umoja on said:

    Finally!! I absolutely love this collection….beautiful!! I’ve been searching for months to find Black owned businesses who specialize in African Agency. Thank You……now on with the shopping. lol

  8. soforeal on said:

    knock yourself out ladies.

  9. T. Bee on said:

    The fabric are so pretty really sharks the imagination.

  10. theworldwelivein on said:

    Beautiful items!! Will definitely be lurking and buying! Thanks a mega Negress!

  11. Ladies, you can buy as little as 1 yard of fabric for your head wraps. As for the gentlemen I have listed some clothing and accessories finally for you 🙂

  12. Charmain

    I’ll be back for the glass beads with the Jamaican colours pictured above.

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