Royal Jelly Harlem
Royal Jelly Harlem is an African-inspired clothing and home decorating line run by mother-daughter team Teta and Maya Gorgoni. Maya founded the company in February 2011 after being inspired by the artistry of the printed fabrics of West and South Africa she discovered on her travels.
We try to call attention to the diversity of the African continent and its culture, traditions and art. We believe in maximizing the boldness of the fabric’s images and prints by designing pieces that embrace this art. We help contribute to the growth and prosperity of this beautiful culture by purchasing many of our materials from local African vendors and use African-born dressmakers and tailors to manufacture goods. All of our products are assembled and produced in the United States of America.
Our fashion line consists of garments made of 100% cotton created for the ‘jet-set’ crowd, ‘lunching ladies’ and working women worldwide! The collection includes beautiful sundresses that are sexy, colorful and flatter the body. The silhouettes are influenced by the fashions of the 1950s-60s. They include slimming tent dresses, flirty dresses, ballerina skirts, tops and blouses, Capri and Palazzo pants.
Our men’s line consists of West African printed board shorts, T-shirts and Palazzo pants.
Our accessories include handbags, clutches, beach towels, phone cases, hair accessories and iPad covers. As well as beautiful African bangles and beads (which look best worn in multiples!).
Royal Jelly Harlem’s home décor collection in African prints cover a wide range, including reversible Duvet covers and shams, table place mats and napkins, and shower curtains, as well as antique and vintage chairs, benches, ottomans and poufs.
Maya, daughter of world renowned artist and photo-journalist Gianfranco Gorgoni, is an avid traveler, graduated from Binghamton University with a double major BA in Psychology and Italian. She worked in hotel hospitality management for many years and is currently manager/owner of ‘Casa Tua’, a hospitality-alternative home-away rental in Harlem.