The collaboration between the two Black women-owned brands is made possible through the Chase for Business minority entrepreneurship program. Through this initiative, entrepreneurs work with certified Chase senior business consultants to access capital, education, and resources to grow and sustain their businesses.
“Our minority entrepreneurship program was designed to help diverse entrepreneurs and business owners start, grow and scale their businesses through individualized coaching and access to networking opportunities that foster win-win partnerships with like-minded businesses,” said Joy Butts, vice president, Senior Business Consultant, JPMorgan Chase. “This collaboration between Vontelle Eyewear and Harlem Haberdashery brings together the style, uniqueness, and creativity of two innovative brands and we’re looking forward to watching them grow together.”
In 2022, Harlem Haberdashery President and CEO Sharene Wood connected with Vontélle Eyewear’s co-founders Tracy Vontélle Green and Nancey Flowers-Harris at a small business series hosted by Chase for Business. Together, they ideated the eyewear collection inspired by Harlem’s past, present, and future culture and style.
“Vontélle is honored to collaborate with Harlem’s first family of fashion as Sharene and Guy Wood, Sr. have 30 years in the business. We are happy to marry our pattern and textile designs with their keen sense of style and culture. This limited-edition collection will fly off the shelves,” said Tracy Green.
In celebration of the new collection, Harlem Haberdashery x Vontélle Eyewear will host a series of in-person shopping engagements including:
Official Launch Party of Harlem Haberdashery x Vontélle Eyewear Collection
- Early June
- Harlem Haberdashery, 245 Lenox Avenue at 122 Street
- Harlem notables, media, and influencers will preview the Harlem Haberdashery x Vontélle eyewear collection with light bites and cocktails by HH Bespoke Spirits
- Invitation only
Juneteenth Pop-Up Shop presented by Chase featuring Harlem Haberdashery x Vontélle Eyewear
- Saturday, June 17th | 10am – 1:30pm
- Chase Bank, 55 W. 125th Street
- Chase Bank welcomes Harlem Haberdashery, Vontelle Eyewear, and a host of other fashion and lifestyle businesses to kick-off Juneteenth weekend with a pop-up shop. The afternoon will include shopping, food and beverages, and live entertainment.
- Open to the public
We are excited to collaborate with other like-minded and like-hearted entrepreneurs like Vontelle whom we met at a Chase program aimed to help businesses scale, increase networking opportunities and thrive. Collective economics and collaborative efforts is a win for all,” says Sharene Wood, President/CEO of Harlem Haberdashery.
The eyewear collection featuring six new designs will go on sale this Spring exclusively at Harlem Haberdashery, 245 Lenox Ave (at 122nd Street) New York, NY and online at: www.harlemhaberdashery.com and www.vontelle.com.
Harlem Haberdashery, the award-winning (Time Out New York) bespoke boutique listed as “One of the best places to shop in Harlem” (Racked.com). Established in 2012, Harlem Haberdashery the “retail expression” of 5001 FLAVORS (the parent company) is located in the heart of Central Harlem, NY. The nearly 2,000 square foot boutique carries emerging designers/brands, located in the former home of the late civil rights leader Malcolm X, pays homage to Harlem’s rich history and luminaries. Harlem Haberdashery has presented at Essence Magazine Fashion House, Museum of the City of New York and the Schomburg Center for Black Research; the boutique has received awards and accolades from former Mayor DeBlasio and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer to Black Bourbon Society and Harlem Fashion Week. Collectively, 5001 FLAVORS & Harlem Haberdashery has been featured in the following media outlets: AM-NY, Associated Press, CBS NY, Ebony.com, Esquire.com, Examiner.com, FashionBombDaily.com, Fashion Mannuscript, Fox 5 New York, HuffingtonPost.com, Mashable.com, MSNBC.com, New York Magazine, New York Daily News, New York Amsterdam News, Racked.com, Skyward – Japan’s Inflight, The New York Times, Tidal, TimeOut New York, US Weekly, Vanity Fair WWD, WNBC- New York Live, and many others.
Vontélle is a Black women-owned, designed, and operated luxury eyewear company providing bespoke textiles & prints from the African Diaspora on optical frames and sunglasses. We offer sizes that compliment diverse faces, fulfill prescriptions, and custom lens colors/tints including blue light blocker lenses. Size Matters! For centuries, many of us have been wearing ill-fitting glasses. From our research and personal experiences many optical wearers have endured the painful line across our noses, indentation on the cheeks, and headaches. Thus, Vontélle created comfortable fitting eyewear with wider bridges for your nose, longer temples for behind the ears, and larger lenses for high cheekbones; plus, we added luxurious materials, colors, and patterns.
Vontélle is the first (1st) Black Women Owned Eyewear company to obtain a 3-year licensing agreement with Nickelodeon Paramount to create a children’s collection – SpongeBob, Rugrats and Baby Shark are available now.
Photo credit: Harlem Haberdashery x Vontelle Eyewear.
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