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.
Watch this short video and feast your eyes on the hundreds of accessories created by women at SoHarlem since 2012. These upcycled works of art were made from donated textiles and materials and were designed, fabricated and sold in Harlem and support our programs.
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.
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