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Solo Noir was founded by award-winning entrepreneur Andrea Polk.

She holds a Master of Business Administration in E-commerce and Logistics and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, both from Tennessee State University. She developed her passion for simple men’s grooming solutions while becoming a certified Licensed Aesthetician.

Andrea was named one of Ariel Investment’s Top 40 Under 40 Game Changers in Chicago in 2014. That same year, she was also selected to showcase Solo Noir to international buyers in South Africa alongside 10 other top businesses from Chicago.

Andrea’s professional mission is to help improve men’s outward appearance and, as a result, boost their self-esteem. She’s dedicated to developing innovative skin solutions that create perfect skin for people of color.

She was first inspired to start Solo Noir while attending Graduate School at Tennessee State University. She was tasked with creating a business plan for a company that could serve an untapped market. She noticed the lagging skincare market for ethnic men and saw an immediate need to create the ultimate skincare product for this constantly ignored consumer. The business plan was the first building block for what would become a successful, award-winning business.

Solo Noir offers a curated range of men’s skincare and grooming products, designed to help men achieve perfect skin without the confusion of other grooming systems. In 2015, Solo Noir was named Best Consumer Product in Chicago. The growing demand for Solo Noir led Andrea to expand the brand’s product offering to beard maintenance, resulting in the Bold and Muse beard oils.

Andrea is defined by her passion for her work, her vision and bravery, her sharp insights, and her customer-oriented approach to running her business.