FAB FIVE FAVS #12/13 (holiday picks)

BORN to SWING!

For this weeks “FAB FIVE !” we went DOUBLE for the Holidays! My favorite combination for holiday gift shopping is Unique & Cultural! I decided to share with you my favorite Harlem destinations starting off with a visit to Young, owner of my favorite Cafe, Il Caffe Latte 189 Malcolm X Blvd. Bet 119/120 St. (www.ilcaffelatte.com) for a delicious Mocha Latte and her homemade brownies packed with yummy walnuts. Some of my tasty delights here are the Latin Egg Wrap & Mimosa (breakfast served till 1 pm), Spicy Black Bean Burger Deluxe, and the Black Ink Sea Food Ravioli. Young, Korean born, adds a special flavor to the mix here in multi-cultural Harlem, and also has a background in fashion. In addition to offering a cozy atmosphere, that reflects her fashion esthetics, to eat and drink. Young also offers a catering service.

IL CAFFE LATTE 189 Malcolm X Blvd. bet 119/120 St.

B.O.R.N

borrowed . old . refurbished . new

52 W 125th Street

p. 917.865.9194

e. bornfashion@yahoo.com

“Vintage and Designer Clothing for men and women who want the drama of the past living in the world of today.” – Jonathan Bodrick

Monday thru Saturday 11am-7pm

Sunday, Rentals and Sales by appointment only

Ever since the days of baby sitting Jonathan, I can recall is uncanny affinity with fashion, and had a hard time keeping him out of his mother’s closet and jewelry box. I recently celebrated Jonathan by featuring him on my talk show, “ELEMENTS of FIERCE!”

Jonathan is also very involved with the community and recently sponsored “for COLORED GIRLS who considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf” at the Harlem Stage At Aaron Davis Hall, to benefit “The Catch A Falling Star Scholarship” supporting youth affected by domestic violence.

My FIVE FAB FAVS;

– Maud Frizon size 9 $80, Light blue & clear platforms size 10 $80, Heatherette Skyblue size 11, $100, Bennis & Edwards POP pumps $125 size 7, Christian Louboutin w/gold heel $200 size 9

 

Maud Frizon size 9 $80, Light blue & clear platforms size 10 $80, Heatherette Skyblue size 11, $100, Bennis & Edwards POP pumps $125 size 7, Christian Louboutin w/gold heel $200 size 9

– Vintage velvet coat size 8 $120

Vintage velvet coat size 8 $120

– Scuba 2 piece shorts $65 size 4, top $80 size 4 designed by Katerina Lankova

Scuba 2 piece shorts $65 size 4, top $80 size 4 designed by Katerina Lankova

– Vintage Pucchish boots $80 size 7, Vintage hat $80

Vintage Pucchish boots $80 size 7, Vintage hat $80

– Vintage Sequence top size 4 $120

Vintage Sequence top size 4 $120

SWING a concept shop located at

SWING-NYC map

1960 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd.

corner of 118th Street (www.swing-nyc.com)

SWING-NYC 1960 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. corner of 118th Street

Store Hours

Sunday, Monday 11am – 7pm

Thursday – Saturday

11am – 7pm

Tuesday – Wednesday Closed

SWING-NYC Harlem's Premiere Luxury Boutique New York Times Advertisement

Harlem’s Premiere Luxury Boutique as seen in

The New York Times

October 7, 2010

“HARLEM IS BOOMING!”, feature on pg. ZP6

HARLEM IS BOOMING New York Times October 7, 2010

http://harlemcondolife.com/?s=swing+nyc+concept+shop

http://harlemcondolife.com/2010/07/20/swing-by-in-harlem-to-get-your-i-love-harlem-t-shirt/

Upon returning from Belgium with her family, Helena wanted to share her favorite discoveries from living abroad with her newfound Harlem community.

My Favorite Bag!

Helena’s Concept Shop provides it’s customer a lifestyle of global consciousness, an interconnected awareness. Swing brings to Harlem world-class products from which you can create your own signature style.

 

Blane checking out Men's Signature fashion! LINDA FARROW/MATTHEW WILLIAMSON (http://www.lindafarrow.co.uk/collaborations) Blue Aviators $240

I love every moment that I spend in her shop! As someone who has also travelled extensively until 2000, for me it’s a refreshing moment of Déjà vu, and an opportunity to update my style with new discoveries from places I have previously lived.

SIGNATURE women

NEST corner

WONDERLAND kids

SWING stimulates all the five senses, as you experience different cultures through fashion, music, interiors, candles/incense, natural beauty products, home decor, and much more.

 

WELCOME COMMITTEE! Ganesh Sandstone, same as Harlem Brownstones 1,000 pounds, hand carved in India $15,500 Mannequin wears JUNKO SHIMADA Orange Leather Coat Dress $1920, ADA WRAP BELT BLK $65, Jeweled Belt/Necklace by JWL Mei, Onyx and Antic Conamara Stone with silver bead accents $495, Linda Farrow/Matthew Williamson Rounded C5/Milk Orange $280

I adore the Welcoming Committee, a customized Sandstone Ganesh (an Indian deity known as the remover of obstacles) made from the same stone as Harlem Brownstones, and one of the customized mannequins to represent the multi-cultural flavor of Harlem styled from head to toe by Helena and I in Junko Shimada and accessorized by Linda Farrow/Matthew Williamson shades, ADA wrap belt, and jeweled belt by JWL Mei.

Peacock Feather, a symbol for eighteenth century fine tailors.

Helena selected the Peacock feather as an image of the SWING identity and discovered that it was a symbol for eighteenth century fine tailors. I love the fact that it also represents renewal, well-being, endless love, and eternal life!

Helena Greene is also the founder/creative director of HELENA GREENE, a “Made In Harlem” luxury label.

SWING-NYC mural artists are Raul Rivera and Noah McDonaugh

MURAL

The artists are Raul Rivera and Noah McDonaugh. Raul and Helena were childhood friends. Raul and his friend, Noah are long time graffiti artists.

My FAB FIVE FAVS

– Signature fashion

 

MICHELLE LEAGUE (www.michelleleague.com) Necklace $375 freshwater pearl, seed pearls, dyed jade, 18k Gold detail (Ganesh, small beads & classs)

MICHELLE LEAGUE (Helena’s sister)

Necklace $375

freshwater pearl, seed pearls, dyed jade, 18k Gold detail (Ganesh, small beads & clasp)

BROGDEN (www.brogden.net) Leather Jacket $620

BROGDEN (www.brogden.net) Belt with Pen $182

BROGDEN

(www.brogden.net)

Leather Jacket $620/Belt with Pen $182

– Wonderland kids

FINGERS IN THE NOSE (www.fingerinthenose.com) Studded Kids Leather Belt $55

FINGERS IN THE NOSE

(www.fingerinthenose.com)

Studded Kids Leather Belt $55

– Icon beauty

SPHATIKA (www.sphatika.com) Helena's mother, and Founder of Sphatika International LLC, Janet League-Katzin's luxury skin care line is 100% natural making SPHATIKA a pioneer in the next generation of beauty products. Bulgarian Rose Facial Oil $88

SPHATIKA

(www.sphatika.com)

Helena’s mother, and Founder of Sphatika International LLC, Janet League-Katzin’s luxury skin care line is 100% natural making SPHATIKA a pioneer in the next generation of beauty products.

Bulgarian Rose Facial Oil $88

– Nest home & interiors

L'ANVERRE (www.lanverre.com) Red Honeycomb Vase $1575

L’ANVERRE

(www.lanverre.com)

Red Honeycomb Vase $1575

– Groove culture, art & music

URBANEARS (urbanears.com) Headphone $60, Earplugs $50

URBANEARS

(urbanears.com)

Headphone $60, Earplugs $50

25-40% off for the Holiday Season

– Welcome Committee Mannequin  wears

Linda Farrow/Matthew Williamson

Rounded C5/Milk Orange $280

JUNKO SHIMADA Orange Leather Coat Dress $1920

ADA WRAP BELT BLK $65

Jeweled Belt/Necklace by JWL Mei $495

Onyx and Antic Conamara Stone with silver bead accents

– Ganesh $15,500

Sandstone, same as Harlem Brownstones

1,000 pounds, hand carved in India

 

CASA FRELA GALLERY 47 West 119 Street "MADE IN HARLEM ART GIFT FESTIVAL" (www.casafrela.com)

One block over 47 West 119 Street is home of my favorite Gallery, and friend, Lawrence Rodriguez Founder, CASA FRELA GALLERY (www.casafrela.com)

December 4/5 from 10am to 7pm

Admission is FREE

MADE IN HARLEM ART & GIFT FESTIVAL

Featuring 23 local artisans whose work is chosen especially with holiday shoppers in mind exclusively at Casa Frela Gallery.

MOJO 185 Saint Nicholas Avenue at 119th Street (www.mojo-harlem.com)

End the evening where I discovered that Grits can be Sexy too, at MOJO- HARLEM (www.mojo-harlem.com). Tasty drinks created exclusively for the restaurant keep me coming back. My favorite is the “Harlem Mule.”

"HARLEM MULE" my favorite raspberry cocktail at MOJO-HARLEM

Here at MOJO-HARLEM you join in celebrating a coming together of the multi-ethnic cuisines that make up Harlems rich history.

Buckwheat Fried Oysters with lemon remoulade $12 (my FAV!)

BEAU-T BY BLANE had the honor of staging the bar with items from SWING-NYC for MOJO-HARLEM’s first TV commercial with AMERICAN EXPRESS.

Blane at MOJO for AMEX commercial

Staging MOJO-HARLEM bar for American Express T.V. commercial

Staging MOJO-HARLEM bar for American Express T.V. commercial

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About ELEMENTSofFIERCE

Mission Statement: "ELEMENTS of FIERCE!" is a celebration of artistic expression! The founder, Blane Charles, explores not what people wear, but who is wearing it? He feels that we all have a special style waiting to be shared with the world. Blane also wants to celebrate freedom of expression, uniqueness, individuality, and authenticity! Stay tuned to my "FAB FIVE FAVS!" where I feature five works of inspiration and beauty from my day to day travels.
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