Najla Austin

She saw the need for an intimate club custom-made for people of color. It opens this year in Brooklyn.

Company name:
Ethel's Club
Location:
BrooklynNY 
Founded:
2019
Industry:
The New Girls' Networks
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Naj Austin had tried out many different co-working spaces and private clubs--and found them all the same. “At the end of the day, it’s people working--on couches that are different colors,” Austin says. She kept waiting for a space to open for people of color, like herself—and nothing did. She launched an Instagram page to gauge interest for what she dubbed Ethel’s Club in January of this year and within months, she had a 4,000-person waitlist for membership. She located a space in Brooklyn and decked it out with furniture suited to different body types and art that she thinks will speak to people of color. The soon-to-launch community will have a tiered-fee annual membership based on financial need. --Christine Lagorio-Chafkin

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Twitter:
@ethelsclub