Her Agenda: You have a collaboration with Vontelle Eyewear. What led to working with the brand?
Sharene Wood: Both Vontelle Eyewear and Harlem Haberdashery were enrolled in a trade entrepreneurship program by Chase to help businesses scale. The program offered advisory services. Chase representatives knew we were looking to expand into different categories and grow in the direction of a lifestyle brand. We met the owners through a colleague at the Chase program. There was brand alignment both businesses are black family owned and operated.
They were fashion-forward and featured different colors and profiles so there was a similar design intelligence we also admired. As we expand our black Wall Street movement it was important to partner with a like minded brand. It was the perfect partnership for us to provide consumers with the best of both worlds.