N Harlem: Urban Pop shopping with style
"The meatpacking district has Jeffrey; the Upper East Side has Barneys; and Harlem has N—a stylishly designed bi-level 3500 sq ft. specialty lifestyle boutique that opened in 2006. N stands unparalled as the fresh, new face of retail and is the only upscale multi-designer retail store in Harlem that is single-handedly creating a destination for upscale shopping in a community not known for high-end shopping. Everything about the store is consistent: from the well-edited assortment of men’s and women’s apparel, accessories, home product and cosmetics to its interior (designed by Henry Mitchell) that infuses elements of a Victorian brownstone parlor in a modern, loft-like space to the superb level of customer service." So starts the press release for the hip and trendy retail store called N.
I tend to be very wary of media spin and self loving press releases, but the intro you just read is very true. N is a great store. The offerings are always on point, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the store itself boasts great decor and a relaxing and comfortable vibe. "At N one will find top-shelf independent and emerging talent alongside established designers that have never had a presence in Harlem. The store recently launched custom menswear by Omar whose designs are recognized for their choice of luxury fabrics, sense of architecture and sublime tailoring. Stylish customers from Harlem and across the city who are weary of the ordinary retail experience, count on N for its strong selection of unique designer vintage, cufflinks, watches, wallets, accessories, bags, home product, organic teas, fragrance, and gift items" said Lenn Shebar, Director of Public Relations.
The three young owners of N are Nikoa Evans, Larry Ortiz and Lenn Shebar, who all have strong ties to Harlem as well as muscular educational, corporate, management, and retail experience from the best universities, corporations and businesses. Ms. Evans, former VP of Finance for the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, oversaw a $3-million Harlem retail/restaurant initiative;. Mr. Ortiz, born and raised in Harlem, has worked in sales and buying for some of the most prestigious companies in fashion including Comme des Garcons, Charivari, Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys New York. Mr. Shebar, also born and raised in Harlem was formerly Director of Board Relations for Parsons School of Design. All three principals own homes in Harlem.
I live very near the store, visit often and I'm never disappointed. No matter where you live in the city or in the country you owe it to yourself to make a trip to Harlem and to N. While you're in the area you can grab a great meal at one of the several great restaurants nearby and perhaps even make a visit to my studio or take a walk to 125th Street and visit The Studio Museum. N hosts charitable events on what feels like a regular basis and has a beautiful outdoor patio in the rear of the ground level.
Make some time and make the trip to N.
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