SoHarlem (pronounced So Harlem) was founded by women in 2010 as a community-based social enterprise to connect people living in poverty to cultural industry opportunities that help them achieve economic self-sufficiency and their full potential. As a not-for-profit organization, SoHarlem unites a mix of individuals dedicated to the support and development of the Manhattanville Factory District by embracing the people, culture, and the essence of West Harlem. Learn more and get involved.
Thank You to Founder, Nicole Lau, for telling our story and featuring SoHarlem on their website.
Open Tuesdays & Thursdays to the Public for Shopping from 1-7PM & Saturdays 1-5PM.
During this eight-week sewing course, students are taught to construct garments by learning basic sewing stitches and seam finishing techniques on cotton or muslin samples. Classes are taught by Henry Smith, Founder of THEMANHENRY House of Tailoring which is an integral part SoHarlem's Cultural Industry Incubation Program.
Local Artisans Making Difference
Images courtesy of NYC Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture: A class receiving instructions in the art of dressmaking in the training school at Hampton Institute (1917), Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864–1952 (Photographer); Puerto Rican Seamstress in the Everglades needlework factory, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1942), Delano, Jack, 1914–1997 (Photographer).
Website Photography, Sara Otto from the Nest Organization, Daniel Batile, Elisa Padula and Leslie Jean Bart