A few weeks ago PrettyProperHair collaborated with Karen’s Closet to have its 2nd annual “Gratitude TrunkShow”. Dumbo Loft, downtown Brooklyn became alive with make-up, jewelry,and clothing vendors at this invite only event, Sunday August 11,2013. The event was to give opportunity for new businesses to sell their products at a discounted rate, while getting the proper exposure for their businesses to grow. Guests of the event enjoyed shopping while having a cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, with a live Dj playing the latest hip hop and r n b.
Owner and creator of PrettyProperHair explained her love for weave,leading her to opening her own business for the last 4 years. “If your hair is not correct, your outfit is not correct…as African American women our hair is kind of priority”, says Evie founder of PrettyProperHair. The brand began in exotic wigs specializing in lace fronts later moving on to wefts. They have an online boutique along with a boutique in Brooklyn located 984 Winthrop street, one of many they plan to have within New York City. PrettyProperHair ranges from virgin Malaysian, Indian, Brazilian, Peruvian, to all textures. As a business their, goal is to be personable with their customers, knowing them on a first name basis, learning ways they can improve. PrettyProperHair plans to launch their first non-profit organization later this year. The project is to empower African American women, sharing information which will lead to building the community from within, creating new bosses.
Love & Hip Hop’s reality star Somaya Reece also wears some pieces from PrettyProperHair. Finding out from a friend, she wore the wavy Malaysian mixed with her own hair. “Dying your hair blonde takes a toll on you, that’s why I put extensions in. I don’t want my natural hair to be fried”. She also had on a dress hand picked from Karen’s Closet, also getting put on by a friend. Since both companies share the same boutique it becomes convenient for shoppers to get hair while picking out the right outfit for the night. “Karen’s Closest has some real unique outfits. Quality is really good. …different things for different occasions.”
Karen’s Closet has been running for 3 years. “We appreciate everybody that’s been supporting us, whether it’s a purchase, a retweet, a reblog…that’s why we wanted to have this event.” Karen the owner has a few clothing lines within, focusing on those double extra small or 3xL the KCNY line (Karen’s Closet NY). Purchases can be made in store at 984 Winthrop street in Brooklyn or online for personalized items as well. Styling celebrities such as Dawn , Po Johnson, Ashanti, Juelz Santana, Cam’ron, Keith Robison , along with Charlie Baltimore expresses their love for fashion. Wardrobe styling for a lot of reality shows such as Love & Hip Hop benefits their business because traveling isn’t always an option. Smooth and King Magazine have models also in their pieces. A second location is in the future as well to expand to men and children’s clothes.
Charmed Cosmetics was another vendor at the trunckshow, showing its lip gloss line. Taj Blush created her all natural hand made lip gloss about 2 years ago after careful research. After losing everything and living in a shelter with her 3 kids she “reminisced on what made her happy, feeling like a woman”. Her online store features her sensual lip shades of “Pussy, Whore, and Private Dancer” to name a few.
Nature’s Products Naturally was another featured vendor. Their goal is to “Promote health, wellness & beauty”. Having a business for the last 2-3 years gave them the opportunity to expand in lip gloss, chap stick, body spray and body scrub. Beginning with just shea butter from a vegan stand point in Long Island, the company will soon develop hair products as well.
Vision-U and Neet Freak Clothing were other Brooklyn based clothing vendors at the event. Both selling unisex clothes, they began about 1 year ago. Vision-U believes “Love is not a Crime” the creator’s point of view on love verses hate. Obie and Dre, the creators of Neek Freak Clothing, wanted to express their double meaning in their clothing. “A clear side of things”, the term neat freak usually means a person that cleans or very neat etc. The spelling turned uniquely from neat to neet to differentiate the opposite of neat. Both have online clothing stores. Neek Freak Clothing is also located in Philadelphia.
It was Interesting to to hear Embellished Style began as a side job. The founder felt it was necessary to focus on jewelry and accessories, “Make yourself embellished, everyone wants to be beautiful”. She makes personalized items along with her online store.
Glam2Luke features Motives, La La Anthony’s very successful line. Shana the founder of the online make-up store began as a make-up artist to now selling products not found in stores. “Ever since I started using motives I haven’t used nothing else.” The store found its success for the past 2 years, even selling nail polish.