About SoHarlem's Designers
SoHarlem's Cultural Industry Incubator includes fashion designers and other creative entrepreneurs from emerging designers to designers who have been creating designs in the industry for decades. The designers complement each other's skills sets with a range of years of training and developing other designers, understanding trends and markets to fabricating garments.
Thanks to SoHarlem's creative entrepreneurs we are able to offer some of the work they have created from sample items to products created from recycled textiles donated to SoHarlem. We encourage you to support SoHarlem buy purchasing these one-of-a-kind items which help increase our earned revenue which support our people and programs.
Blue Olive is a mother and daughter(Olivia Smashum, Alex Unthank) team established from their desire to create a vacation wardrobe that captures the spirit of endless summer: flirty silhouettes, sheer and breezy fabrics, sophisticated colors, and, yes, stripes. A collection of endless possibilities with separates that transition from a stroll along the quaint streets of Charleston, beaches of Costa del Sol and sleek urbanwear.
Deirdre is an apprenticeship at SoHarlem, assists Master Artisans, Artisans and the CEO with production, sales and display. She is also learning the craft of working with textiles and gaining skills in operating a social enterprise. Deirdre started working with SoHarlem when she created her “Faysiz is of Folk” series, depicting people who look somewhat similar but are actually very different. She created her first collection of handmade tote bags based on her original canvas works. These versatile bags, constructed with red interiors and handles and designed to carry books and an ipad, were dedicated to her mother who lost her battle with HIV/AIDS in 1990. This past year she started working on her one-of-a-kind Obama bag with the help of Jackie Puello Raboy.
kp indie was established by Katerine Phillips an accomplished designer and artistic director. She has cultivated a global network of artisans, suppliers and production resources. She founded a creative office in New Delhi where she and her team source and develop fashion that is distributed worldwide. Sea NY, Velvet by Spencer and Graham and Joan Shepp are among her clients. kp indie can be found in resort boutiques worldwide: St. Tropez, Biarrritz, Corsica, San Remo.
Jackie Puello Raboy
The majority of the work designed and fabricated by Jackie is made from recycled textiles donated from other companies including Materials for the Arts.
Jackie began sewing at the age of 13. In 1985, she joined Veronica’s Fashion, when it was located on East 125th Street in Harlem. Veronica’s Fashion created women’s wear for major department stores. During her 10 years with the company, she mastered her craft by working with the most seasoned seamstresses in the business. In addition to the works she creates at SoHarlem, Jackie specializes in creating decorative items for birthdays, baby showers, weddings and other celebratory occasions.