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Omar Campbell- Director of Designer Relations

By David Rabadi Prince of Media

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Attention readers! Time over time, what will change the world?  No one knows. But I do know change is happening and it's calling all our names.

I introduce to all you readers, a man that is making a promise to help change the world for the better. The fashionable, clever and wise Mr. Omar Campbell. Starting from the ground under his feet which happens to be in Harlem. Omar is apart of Harlem's Fashion Row and is affiliated with 88 Morningside the gorgeous new building that all young professionals like me are dying to move into. http://humanunlimitedmedia.tumblr.com. Before I go head to head with Omar. Here are some facts about Harlem many people don't know.

Omar Campbell & Prince of Media David Rabadi

Harlem: Originally a Dutch village, formally organized in 1658, named after the city of Harlem in the Netherlands. Harlem was annexed to New York City in 1873.Throughout the twentieth century, Harlem has been home and key inspiration to generations of poets, novelists, actors, and musicians. The pace of New York City, the blend of the people who settled in Harlem, and of course all the difficulties associated with living in Harlem were among the experiences that found expression in theater, fiction, and music, among other art forms. Also home to a variety of ethnic groups, black and white, since the turn of the twentieth century. As the ethnic landscape has changed, cultural and religious buildings have been reshaped to serve the evolving populations. Harlem " a real place" has been called a state of mind, remembered in oral histories, described in photographs, and evaluated by scholars.Once known as the largest black community in New York for only a brief time, Harlem has long served as the crucible of political action and the home territory for many of last century's African American politicians.

Now here is the man that is adding more edge in Harlem, Mr. Omar Campbell.

David
What is Harlem's Fashion Row?

Omar
Harlem's Fashion Row is an organization created in 2007 by Brandice Henderson. Our goal is to increase the number of African American and Latino designers carried in major department stores from 1% to 10% in the next 10 years.

David
How did you get involved with HFR?

David Melton,Beatrice Sibbles, Me & my Mic, the man of the hour Omar Campbell!


 
Omar
I met Brandice in an elevator leaving a show during Spring Fashion Week 2009, my colleague Randal Jacobs- Creative Director of HFR- re-introduced us a few weeks later and I was completely drawn in by Brandice's energy.

David
What is your role in HFR?


Omar
I am the Director of Designer Relations so I mainly interface with the designers and act as a liaison between them and HFR. I'm very involved in the designer selection and entire production process. Randal Jacobs, David Melton- Fashion Director for HFR- and I head up the Creative Team.

Harlem Fashion Row created by the lovely Brandice Henderson!!

David
Who are the designers this year?

Omar
They are Viscera NY, Sammy B, Telfar, and Niiamar. Each is talented in his/her own way and I'd urge you to get on them before they're inaccessibly popular!

David
So does this Creative Team just conceptualize the HFR presentation?

Omar
No, we have many creative projects and are always interested in the Community as a whole. This idea of community is what leads to projects such as the art installation at 88 Morningside. We have total autonomy over our concepts and use them to promote the HFR brand.

Prince of Media David Rabadi & the beautiful Beatrice Sibbles on the deck of a Pent House Sweet in the hottest building in Harlem, 88 Morningside!! What a view!!!

David
How did you get involved with 88 Morningside?


Omar
Randal Jacobs and I met the developer, Beatrice Sibbilies, at the Studio Museum in Harlem and she so graciously donated 4 apartments for our designers to hold market appointments that we instantly knew that we wanted to collaborate with her in multiple ways. The installation grew organically from there.

this prince can't wait to move into my new apartment on 88 Morning-Side, it's obvious what my favorite room is : )

David
What was the inspiration for your installation?

Omar
The Church and specifically the politics of church fashion were the initial inspiration but the themes of TEMPTATION, REDEMPTION, and ultimately SALVATION emerged. I think that it became a compelling space for a compelling building.

A captured moment with David Melton, Me and Omar Campbell, GOOD TIMES IN HARLEM!


 
Omar after spending a day with you and everyone affiliated with Harlem Fashion Row and 88 Morningside, it's clear you are all compelling positivity feeding starving talent to have an outlet and be appreciated. I wish you all lots and lots of success. I am always here to spread the love!

Published on Dec 31, 1969

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