April 9, 2016
Meet The Style Collective: Louis Johnson Jr., Guy Wood Sr., and Kells Barnett of Harlem Haberdashery
Harlem Haberdashery is the “retail expression” of 5001 FLAVORS located in the heart of Harlem, New York. Housed in a nearly 2,000 square foot boutique where art and history collide, the Harlem Haberdashery team understands the significance of its space by paying daily homage to Harlem’s rich history and luminaries. Philanthropic endeavors include The League: A Distinguished Gentlemen’s Movement Inc., #TakeCareOfHarlem, the annual “Elegant for Prom” and “Holiday Toy & Coat Drive. The team behind the iconic looks has consistently delivered unique pieces to a set of unique clients. Let’s meet the Haberdashery team.
Name: Louis Johnson Jr.
What is your profession: Image Maker, Style and Trend Specialist
What is your age: 48
Inspired by having a relationship with God, Johnson knew at an early age that the garment industry was his calling.
“As a young boy I would watch my grandfather (a pattern drafter), my mother and other family matriarchs create and sew,” he tells BE Modern Man. “In my sixth grade home economics sewing class I said to myself, ‘this is what I enjoy and have a desire to do—sew and create.'”
Sewing and creating has positioned Johnson in a unique place within the garment industry, with his products meeting at the intersection of entertainment and fashion. He says, “what sets me apart is my creativeness, style technique, and ideas. I am truly the accessory king and style god!
Being an educated, fun-loving, God-fearing, hands-on father to twin sons is what Johnson is most proud of. “I am a father, not a dad,” he tells BE Modern Man. “There is a difference, and this difference is what powerful black men represent as a BE Modern Man. We represent progress.”