THE WHAT? A new vending machine offering products for BIPOC has opened in Detroit, named the Lavish Box.
THE DETAILS Created by Wayne State University student Leslie Williams during the COVID-19 pandemic, the vending machine offers hair products, beauty supplies, lip glosses, and lashes, all aimed at catering to Black consumers and people of color.
Brands used include Ardell, Got2b and Williams’ own brand, Lavish Box lip glosses, with Lavish Box added to the roster of Real Estate company Farbman Group.
Andrew V. Farbman, CEO of Farbman Group, said, “We are always looking for new and creative ways to better serve our office tenants to make their work and lifestyle needs more convenient. Lavish Box is an innovative local company that we are proud to welcome to New Center One.”
THE WHY? The creation of the vending machine was in response to the lack of products available to people of color during the pandemic. More vending machines are planned for future launch.
Williams said, “The pandemic highlighted the lack of representation for women of color in big-name stores. I found it difficult to find my daily beauty essentials at the store with items regularly out of stock, limited or just not offered completely. I created Lavish Box to get these products to the women who use them regularly at a level that was easily accessible.
“New Center One is a perfect location for the first Lavish Box, and I look forward to expanding to more locations in Detroit and beyond.”