While traditional bouquets of roses are nice, if you want one with that wow factor, Bia Blooms has you covered.
Bia Blooms is a one-of-a-kind Los Angeles-based floral boutique started by creative entrepreneur Tabia Yapp.
In under a year, Yapp has become the go-to florist for beautiful, bright and bold flowers that will bring joy to all recipients. Each month, she designs a limited number of flower arrangements for a lucky few who make the deadline.
Bia Blooms has even captured the attention of celebrities like Tracee Ellis Ross, Jay-Z, and Pharrell.
We spoke with Yapp about her journey as a successful Black florist.
What inspired you to create Bia Blooms?
I started arranging flowers as a creative outlet from running my company BEOTIS, a talent agency that reps artists of color. I spend a good chunk of each day sitting in front of a screen or on calls. The opportunity to unplug a bit and work with my hands unlocked a new level of mindfulness and creativity.
What was your introduction to floral design?
I’ve always loved flowers, but I think my eyes were really opened after discovering Bloom and Plume by Maurice Harris a couple of years ago. At that point I had not seen many Black folks as florists, so discovering Maurice and his work just hit differently. Once I decided to explore the flower arranging world a bit more, I bought the book A Year in Flowers by Erin Benzakein, which was equal parts instructional and inspirational.
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