Mission: To support racial equity and employment in Harlem by incubating creative enterprises that incorporate sustainable business models.
Vision: To sustain a collective of designers by providing space and support services along with a platform for sharing their expertise by training local community members in garment construction and potential apprenticeships in the fashion industry.
Since SoHarlem’s inception, it has experimented and explored a range of cultural industry opportunities and many of the creative entrepreneurs SoHarlem has assisted established their own cottage industries. Based on experiences and needs expressed by the creative community, the Cultural Industries Incubator is currently focused on developing micro businesses related to the fashion industry.
The Cultural Industries Incubator, with its focus on fashion, also begins to address this industry’s continued struggle with racial equity. The greatest demand from creative entrepreneurs in Harlem has been from designers of color who have limited access to affordable work space, and who cannot afford historically expensive apparel services that were once common in the Garment Center.