Mess in a Bottle was a 2019 Instagram find. When this Black-owned apparel company caught my eye, I put it on my Christmas list, but my impatience got the best of me and I bought a bottle for myself before the holiday.
I initially fell in love with Mess in a Bottle because the messages on the clothes, accessories, and even the Instagram quotes, are a combination of funny, inspiring, and real talk that keep me both in check and motivated. I love wearing a good t-shirt with a message and these are the messages I want to be wearing. There are shirts celebrating Blackness, love, the holidays, activism, entrepreneurship, and more. New messages come out all the time and it feels like each new message resonates a little bit deeper than the last.
The shirts are unisex and fit true to size. The fabric is sturdy and super comfortable. They start at $26.95 for the tees and average about $50 for sweatshirts. There are also masks and totes and duffels and jackets and even baby apparel that range in price from $15 to $180.
The other thing that I love about Mess in a Bottle is the authenticity of the owner Kalilah Wright. She is real and has openly shared her triumphs and struggles in building her brand and business. I had the opportunity to meet her at a marketplace event and totally fangirled out about it. And she was super chill about the whole thing.
My closet now includes a few shirts, masks, and a sweatshirt from Mess in a Bottle. I love how I feel each time I wear them and the smiles I get from Black people who see the messages. I’m excited to continue to rock these messages.