After graduating from Syracuse University with a degree in Environmental Design (Interiors), Anika Hobbs looked to become an architect. Yet with the need for immediate employment, she joined one of the world’s leading fashion-retail brands at its earliest stages in the US leading to a professional career in over 15 years of multi-level, national and international retail trade. There, her interest in the convergence of fashion, interior design, along with extensive international travels to Africa, Central America, Asia, and Europe, developed her understanding of social responsibility, design, and business. Her passions fueled her charge to become an economic change agent through brand exposure, product development, and curated retail experiences leading to her business, Nubian Hueman.
Nubian Hueman is a retail social enterprise that specializes in sourcing unique goods, fashion, and art by designers representing the global Diaspora with store locations in Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD. It has become a catalyst for culture, community, and the development of the creative economy by connecting consumers to independent artists and serving as a means to promote collective interaction, community development, and global responsibility through a fresh and artistic brick-and-mortar platform. Within that Anika has spoken on panels for students, entrepreneurs, and social impact such as HERImpact by Ford Motor Company. Nubian Hueman has received recognition from Pres. Barack Obama, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Forbes, The Washington Post, NPR, The Washington Business Journal, Fast Company, and a host of other publications.