Jackson Harlem

by Rah Brown

The J. HAR Luxury Brand (Jackson Harlem), was officially established in the fall of 2007, by its namesake Mr. Jackson Harlem, a senior at Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi. Harlem first started designing at the early age of 13, inspired by music videos and celebrity wardrobes.

Having strong family support and a history of altering clothes in high school, it wasn’t until last year that he actually began creating a collection for the brand, although Jackson was already familiar with the design process. He dove right in, investing wisely and drawing up a business plan. Harlem says, “Fashion is the business of clothes that allows people to address others without words, but instead with a glorified self-image.”

He finds people with their own individual style to be the most inspiring (those who usually do the unexpected in fashion), and to him, that’s the greatest kind of inspiration. Designers such as John Galliano, Gareth Pugh, and Maison Martin Margiela, are examples of those whom Harlem respects for, “not doing the everyday concept in fashion.”

Harlem states, “The depth of the independent mind is what truly allows one individual to be superior over another. So many people these days follow trends. I find that’s too often unwise… But it doesn’t always have to be through fashion, it could be
literature or even an image.”

In the future, he plans to build his luxury brand while learning a lot more in the process, and inspiring other people -just as some designers inspired him- seems to be a major goal for Jackson Harlem.

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