John • Co-Owner, Lawrence & Larimer

If you aren’t familiar with Lawrence & Larimer, you should be. The family-owned clothing company is located at 3229 East Colfax Ave., nestled between Denver Biscuit Company and Little Lula Rose. The beautifully designed retail space serves as a connection point to tourists and new transplants alike.

When I asked John Chapman IV what it means to be black in Denver, here’s what he had to say.

How long have you lived in Denver?

I am a Denver native. Born and raised.

What does it mean to you to be black in Denver?

As a kid, I’d invite my peers home after school to play or for a party – parents unaware – so I’ve always enjoyed connecting with people. For me, being black in Denver is about taking advantage of the opportunities this city has to offer and building a community of people of all races who can support one another in their endeavors.

What do you love most about living in Denver?

I love that Denver is a very supportive city. We support and believe in our own, and that is a pleasure to see and be a part of. This city isn’t yet very diverse, so there are still many opportunities for artist of all genres to make a name for themselves.

Tell me about your business.

Lawrence & Larimer is a versatile, exclusive and comfort clothing company, mixed with dope, crafty decor and supplies – all inspired by spaces, art, music, and street styles. We’re a small family-owned, black-owned business on East Colfax Ave, located next to Denver Biscuit Company, and strive to improve the shopping experience for the customer and community.