Stockist Spotlight: GlitterBox New Orleans
Meet Alice and GlitterBoxNO
Alice McGillicuddy is one of the co-founders of Glitter Box N.O., along side Lila Heymann, the owner! She focuses on trying to lift up other womxn, artists, and activists. Whether getting to collaborate with womxn makers and nonprofits in at Glitterbox, assisting in a birth, or just smiling goofily at ladies she see on the street, her biggest passion is making women feel comfortable and cared for.
NM: What is the mission of Glitterbox NO?
Alice: GlitterBox is a shop space run for and by womxn in the French Quarter of New Orleans, LA. By showcasing artists and makers, hosting workshops, and supporting social justice groups, Glitter Box aims to be a space for celebration and community action. We use an inclusive definition of “womxn” including trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are femme-identified. 10% of all sales benefit nonprofits which seek to promote the education and empowerment of womxn in New Orleans and beyond thanks to the generosity of the Heymann Foundation.
NM: I love the mission and vision of Glitterbox, Girlpower! How important is this message in our current culture climate?
Alice: It’s very important for the voices of womxn, artists, and activists to be present and loud more than ever !This is not the first time we’ve had a surge of attention and activism on these issues so we need to take the momentum and run with it, honor those who have been working towards womxn’s rights long before us, and be diligent in making the movement and motion of this moment be as inclusive, intersectional, and celebrative as possible!
NM: What is the decision making process in choosing a new vendor for Glitterbox?
Alice:Initially it was a lot of seeking out new artists, going to markets, asking friends of friends, and just googling, but now people seem to come to us or suggest friends and artists that love! The store usually feels like it’s bursting at the seams because it’s so hard to say no to all the amazing things folks bring us! We know what moves and what doesn’t for the most part, but are always happy to be proven wrong.
NM: What is your most unique and most talked about piece in Glitterbox?
Alice: It’s a bit obvious, but people go crazy for the unusal way our artists incorporate a sparkle into their pieces. From sequin booty shorts to vulva paintings that use a crystal mineral paint, our artists are constantly thinking of new ways to bring the shine!
NM: In regards to self-care, why do you think skincare is important to women?
Alice: The fact that skincare becomes part of your ritual makes it really special. It’s not just for an occasion here and there, but about showing up for yourself and saying my skin is worthy of care and then, hopefully, I’m worthy of care. It’s a little bit of you day just for you that you can actually see having an effect.
NM: Where do you see Glitterbox in 5 years?
Alice: We’re always thinking of new projects and are really excited to see the Glitter Box List: A Womxn-owned Business Directory take off! We’d love to have a physical version of that and expand the directory and our mission with pop-ups in and features on other cities. I’d love to see our new in-house line thrive and in other shops in New Orleans and other cities! We always want to have our cozy little quarter oasis, but it would amazing to see what we what we can do to be part of larger community and conversation!
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