It started when I saw Diana Ross who starred as a fashion designer in the 1975 Oscar-nominated film, Mahogany say, Princess referring to her decision at age 16 to enter the fashion industry. In her early 20’s, she opened “Jazz It Up” the first fashion and beauty consulting company, for women of color, in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York. Several years later she left retailing to become an influential motivational speaker and youth and adult entrepreneurial training consultant, all while pursuing a career as a much sort after makeup artist in the entertainment industry. To date, Princes has added her artistry to more than 95 music videos and has worked with some the industry's top recording artists. In 1998 Princess founded The Brownstone., “I had lived in Harlem many years however I couldn’t find stores, boutiques or special places where I could shop. I suddenly realized that Harlem would be an incredible place to start a Lifestyle Boutique” says Princess.
The Brownstone “Lifestyle Boutique” focuses on dressing women for the important moments in their lives with ethnically inspired fashion. The Lifestyle Boutique features a unique collection of contemporary designer clothing, and one of a kind accessories, and gifts. The Brownstone offers its clients a distinctively private shopping experience for customer sizes 12-20 seeking quality, value and most of all customer service. From the high-level corporate business person to celebrities and women in the arts they all delight in the private exclusive shopping environment offered at The Brownstone.
Known for a high level of customer service this well-appointed boutique is illuminated with chandeliers, accented with oak wood floors and hand-painted textured walls for a distinctive and unique shopping environment.
As Princess steps outside the doorway of The Brownstone a twenty-foot mural of her looms behind her, customed painted on a brick wall she says “we’re giving our clients what they want… contemporary fashion, that fits their style and their lifestyle, in a uniquely welcoming environment. Here is where a woman can find herself while discovering who she’s becoming at the same time”
The Brownstone has been featured in, O Magazine, Essence, Black Elegance, New York Magazine, Crain's, The New York Times as well as NBC and Metro Television.
I love to dream and then watch as my dreams come true. The Brownstone has been a dream fulfilled. Each day I wake up with great expectancy. I wonder who will come in today? What new opportunities will come my way? What is the creator preparing me for? I don’t know but if its anything like what I’m living in today at The Brownstone with my clients and friends, then the future cannot come fast enough.
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