The artisan market differentiates itself by its celebratory environment where good times coincide with retail.
New York, New York (PRWEB) April 11, 2014
Celebrity Stylist Carlton Jones and FEMbot Cosmetics owner Melanie Harris launch Mommi-POP, concept shopping experience on Mother’s Day weekend at 30 Quincy Street in Clinton Hills, Brooklyn. Sponsors that support this two day Mother’s Day destination shopping experience include Neuro Water, Brovera Systems, Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur, Almost Famous Clothing, Alice’s Arbor Restaurant and Urban Asanas. Mommi-POP will celebrate with a kick off event at Alice’s Arbor on Friday, May 9th, 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. with specialty Barrow’s cocktails. The shopping will commence on May 10th until May 11th from 12:00 noon until 8:00 p.m. on both days. Mommi-POP will be held in Harris' childhood neighborhood, in a new 3,000 square foot ground floor loft, on the same historical block of Dave Chapelle's Rock-Doc block party. Fare will include hors d’oeuvres by Alice’s Arbor Restaurant, Tutorial to Table and sweet treats by Ms. Alize and will be complemented by guest mixologist Macho Bruhier offering Mother’s Day specialty cocktails by Barrow’s Intense Ginger liqueur, a local Brooklyn spirits brand. Singer and songwriter, Esnavi, whose newest single was featured on VH1 Soul & Centric, will perform original tracks from her debut album Exit E.
Mommi-POP is a sequel concept shop to Harlem Holi-POP which kicked off on Black Friday weekend in 2013 in support of local niche brands from Harlem to Los Angeles; from as far as Ghana and around the globe. The goal of the holiday inspired shopping event series is to nurture small business growth, entrepreneurs and community while expanding the Small Business Saturday artisan market ritual. Harris and Jones are a stylish concept design duo having both worked with top brands in fashion, film and television and are each now amid the launch of their own respective brands and the series of holiday concept shops.
Harris has over a decade of experience in makeup artistry and has worked with celebrities to include Gwen Stefani and Erykah Badu as well as Brooklyn’s own Amy Ryan and Edie Falco. She is currently makeup department head for POV and costume designer for American Framed. As a natural progression Harris launched FEMbot Cosmetics, her NY-centric brand of shadow kits, blush, blush brushes and organic lip balm as she conceptualized her first solo produced concept shop design. Jones brings over two decades experience in fashion and style to the Mommi-POP team, having recently premiered a short fashion film about his resort inspired collection at Soho Contemporary Art Gallery for Spring/Summer 2014 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Jones continues to be an A-list resource to top style icons and has worked with Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz and the First Lady Michelle Obama.
Jones states, “Melanie coined Harlem HoliPOP for the first event, thus we decided to continue with the celebratory spirit and compulsion to shop during these special times. We thought this could be an excellent opportunity to create a venue for emerging brands to engage each other while maximizing the profit margin of wholesale to retail. Realizing we have strength in numbers, this gives us the ability to nourish the fresh synergy of such a creative collaboration, uniting forces for an exposure none would get alone."
Seasoned in all things fashion Harris and Jones connected the style dots for Mommi-POP by commingling local brands and designers including Lorraine West of Tasha West Jewelry, Chiedza Makinnon of Afrodisiac Worldwide, Pierre’s Spicy, NPO Creations, Gwyneth Shoes, Sistah of Harlem, Traveling Butterflies, Dekonti, Your Faith Looks Familiar, Sophia’s Things, Ooshie, Ashaka Givens, Onion by Whitney Mero, Rich Kim, Damselfly Skincare, Hadiiya Barbel, Carlton Jones Collection and FEMbot Cosmetics. Micro fashion brands will include Jana Jarosz and Tiny Pants. Guests will be invited to enjoy mini rejuvenation sessions from wellness practitioner Sarah Eve Cardell while enjoying the sounds of DJ EmJay.
About Mommi-POP (http://mommi-pop.com):
The Mommi-POP Mother’s Day concept shop is a destination shopping experience produced by Melanie Harris and Carlton Jones that supports the emergence of unique local and global brands in their evolution to create business opportunities synonymous with the holidays. The artisan market differentiates itself by its celebratory environment where good times coincide with retail. Music, tastings, mocktails, cocktails and mini-rejuvination sessions create an atmosphere that bridge community and support brands, many of which are seasoned in their craft yet taking their first steps to create a meaningful presence. Mommi-POP is the second of a series of holiday events, the first of which launched on Small Business Saturday in 2013, Harlem Holi-POP.
About Melanie Harris (http://www.fembotcosmetics.com):
Brooklyn native Melanie Harris is a seasoned makeup artist and founder of emerging brand FEMBot cosmetics. With 10+ years of experience in makeup artistry Harris began by assisting the likes of Laura Mercier, Pat Mcgrath and Billy B before asserting creative leadership for famed advertising campaigns for Elizabeth Arden Red Door, Puma and The Gap and eventually taking strides to create her own NY-centric line. Her editorial work has appeared in national and international publications such as Harpers (USA, International) Vogue, Paper, Essence, Sly, Teen people, I.D. Celebrity clients have included John Hamm, Lauryn Hill, Usher, Anastacia Newkirk, Jennifer Westfeldt, Jared Leto and Laila Ali and the CFDA Awards. Her film work includes Ira and Abby starring Jennifer Westfeldt, and John Hamm. Harris headed the makeup department for Restless City, Mother of George and Free Angela and All Political Prisoners.
About Designer Carlton Jones (http://carltonjonesnyc.com):
Carlton Jones turned heads early in his career as a stylist, when he began to transform the image of hard rapper Queen Latifah into the beautiful songstress we know today. Almost two decades later, after serving as a fashion director, style correspondent, image consultant, and wardrobe designer, Jones has begun to combine his love of style and fashion with the joy and pleasure received in traveling to some of the most breathtaking destinations imaginable. The genesis of his eponymous resort-inspired collection utilizes his experience dressing body types ranging from Erykah Badu to Jill Scott, to Aretha Franklin and our nation's first lady. Jones has incorporated his fondness of relaxed fluidity, sensual fabrics, colors and prints with a seasoned ability to accentuate and forgive. His resort inspired women's collection was originally exclusively designed for The Escape Boutique at The Cove in the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. Ultimately the idea is to enjoy the idea of resort wherever you are, and quite simply create a feeling. (T: @CarltonJones212)
About Esnavi (http://www.esnavi.com):
A singer/songwriter hailing from Milwaukee, now residing in New York City, Esnavi is a multifaceted artist with a voice of undeniable soul, lyrics of thought provoking truth, and music that harmoniously blends everything in between. With the release of her debut album, Exit E, a 16-song musical journey inspired by love, society, and real life, her mission to enlighten the world with her music has begun. Her first single, Unexpected Love, reached the Top 40 on the Urban Adult Contemporary Charts shortly after its release and remained in the Top 40 Urban AC Charts for over 10 weeks. With the anticipated success of, What U Need, recently featured on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: New York Season 4 Premiere, television appearances, music licensing deals and two beauty campaigns, Esnavi is on the brink of becoming a powerful brand in the music industry.