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.
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.
Top, Pants, Skirts, Dresses, Resort-Wear and Bags and More
As I write this note of graditute, I am wearing a swing wrap, made by one of our sewists for the holidays from recycled fabrics. I am standing before a collage filled with images of people who are influencers, creative leaders and individuals who matter. The collage reminds us of how essential it is for us at SoHarlem, during a time of rapid development and social transition in Harlem to continue our work of supporting designers and training creative workers.
We thank all the individuals and institutions who have partnered this past year by donating their time and expertise. Each of you were instrumental to what SoHarlem accomplished throughout this year.
Please consider making a contribution at anytime. Any size gift will go a long way as we connect threads of innovation and tradition by keeping cultural industries, small-scale manufacturing, custom-design and local garment construction training programs alive and well in Harlem.
We are deeply grateful for your ongoing support.
CEO & Founder, SoHarlem, Inc.
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