Ashlee Muhammad is Harlem’s Rising “Eye-Conic” Fashion Designer
** In recognition of Black Business Month, OGTV is highlighting the story of a Ashlee Muhammad, a young woman who is blazing a fashion trail in Harlem, NY, with her "eye-conic" style. **
Ashlee Muhammad was born blind in one eye. She spent much of her youth being bullied for being "different" and yearned to fit in... until she finally realized she was born to stand out.
Ashlee embraced her differences, especially through her clothing. She was comfortable in her own style even thought it was radically different from everyone else in her Harlem neighborhood. Some made fun of her, but Ashlee had a sense there was a future for her in fashion. "I thought, maybe I could make this a thing," she recalled. "In a world where nothing felt normal, those things felt normal. Maybe this is something I want to tap into as a career when I get older."
That decision proved to suit her very well. Today, Ashlee is an emerging fashion designer fusing fashion with the social activism of self-love and empowerment for women through her signature brand, #BeEyeConic. "It started as an idea with me learning to love myself," Ashlee explains. She came up with the "e-y-e" twist in the brand name because it spoke to the truth of her personal story. "I really want to spread the message that you are an individual and you are born to stand out and be your own unique, eye-conic, being."
Ashlee is also the style curator for Harlem Haberdashery--a trendy boutique in NYC, and works closely with one of the partners there, Kells Barnett. He describes her style as funky and fun and loves how she mixes high and low pieces, such as wearing a lace dress with a sweatshirt over it.
In addition, this millennial mother of 5 co-hosts a podcast #HappilyEverAfter with her husband Mustafa while raising their family, which includes twin sons! With so much going on Ashlee will be fun to follow to see what her next breakthrough idea is going to be.
To learn more about Ashlee, follow her on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/beeyeconic/
Learn more about the Harlem Haberdashery at: https://www.harlemhaberdashery.com/
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