About Dobson Products
Dobson Products was launched in 1991 by Warren Dobson with the creation of the Kente Kup(tm), a plastic drinking cup decorated with a kente cloth design. The goal was to provide a unique product which featured imagery that acknowledged and honored African heritage. The first production run of Kente Kups sold out in two weeks, an indicator to extend the line to include Black Greek Letter Fraternity-Sorority and Masonic imagery. Within the first year in business, Dobson Products became the largest seller of plastic cups targeting African Americans.
As the company expanded its product lines, it became clear that Dobson Products customers were excited about the possibility of having Afrocentric imagery not just on plastic cups, but also on gift and home items. By 2003, Dobson Products broadened its product offering to add a wealth of gift and home items, including mouse pads, light switch covers, refrigerator magnets and ceramic mugs. With Dobson's products customers are able to bring the rich, vibrant, and expressive work of African American artists into their homes and experience them everyday while working at the computer, entering a room, or drinking their morning coffee.
Today, Dobson Products is the largest supplier of African American Art, Fraternity-Sorority Greek Letter and Masonic decorated mouse pads and one of the largest sellers of Black art decorated light switch covers.
It is clear to Dobson that African Americans have a hunger for bringing the images of their rich culture and history into their homes including current artwork and historical reproductions. The Jim Crow era, despite painful memories, is of particular historical interest, consequently, Jim Crow signs and magnets, were added to the line in the last few years.
All of the Black art images are a result of licensing agreements with 16 African American artists. Dobson Products has over 1,200 African American art and Black Greek and Masonic gifts and paraphernalia that are sold on its website, www.dobsonproducts.com and through retailers throughout the country.
Awards and Acknowledgements
2001 International Black Buyers and Manufacturers Expo and Conference (IBBMEC) Manufacturer of the Year Award
Previous and Current Strategic Partners: McDonald's Corporation, Quaker Oats, Black Expressions Book Club, Great Blacks In Wax Museum, Dusable Museum, African Festival of the Arts
Media coverage: Black Enterprise, Upscale Magazine, Essence Magazine's Holiday Gift Guide, African Business Source