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A Business Grows in Harlem: A Chat With Harlem Haberdashery’s Sharene Wood

Harlem Haberdashery is the retail expression of 5001 Flavors, a custom-made apparel company, which has been creating looks for celebrities, music artists, and sports stars for more than 20 years.

Located in uptown in a new boutique, Harlem Haberdashery draws inspiration from the rich cultural history and distinctive style of the Harlem Renaissance with a fashion-forward edge.

Every year, Harlem Haberdashery hosts a Masquerade Ball during which they honor people for community work. Former honorees have included Alison Desir, Audrey Smaltz, Michael J. Garner, Tamika Mallory, Margarette Purvis, Marcus Samuelsson, Bevy Smith, Khary Lazarre-White, Terrence Stevens, President & CEO, In Arms Reach; and Topeka K. Sam, Founder & Director, The Ladies of Hope Ministries; as well as other esteemed members of the Harlem/Upper Manhattan community.

Past sponsors of the Ball have included Beam Sumtroy (parent company of Effen vodka, Maker’s Mark, and others) and Sugar Hill Creamery. 

“Our Annual Masquerade Ball aims to celebrate family, fashion, community, and philanthropy. We love to party with a purpose and use our brand platform to party while honoring local community leaders and highlight great organizations striving to make our community better,” said Sharene Wood, President & CEO of 5001 FLAVORS and Harlem Haberdashery.  

Wood, who is also the president and CEO of the company’s latest venture, HH Bespoke Spirit. 

Wood, who was born and raised in Harlem, added: “The past, present, and future is always Harlem for us. We honor our family and community members who’ve paved the way for us. We salute present-day individuals and organizations that amplify our community. And we look forward to helping future generations who will continue to make Harlem great.”

Harlem Haberdashery and 5001 Flavors is all about community, says Wood. “Our family is committed to showing support and respect to individuals that overcame obstacles. We need to acknowledge the growth, evolution, good deeds and commitment to excellence of all of our community members.”

According to Wood, there will be major happenings at the business. “Harlem Haberdashery is expanding into a full-fledged lifestyle brand with soon to be announced curated collections. We are gearing up for our 10 anniversary in two years and happy to continue success with our HH Bespoke Spirits,” she shared.

About the Author

Ann is a freelance writer who started her professional career at the NY Trend more than two decades ago. Ann has since gone on to write for a number of major outlets including: Black Enterprise, Essence, MadameNoire, Pathfinders, Frequent Flier, Playboy, The Source, Girl, Upscale, For Harriet, The Network Journal, AFKInsider, Africa Strictly Business, AFKTravel, among others.

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