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According to this feature from the National Retail Federation, “Princess Jenkins began her career as a fashion industry intern for Vera Maxwell in New York City’s Garment District in the late 1970s. She went on to sell fashion collections to retailers in Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles—at the time one of the few Black women selling top designer fashion. Jenkins now owns The Brownstone in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood, an upscale fashion boutique that calls itself ‘Harlem’s crown jewel.’”

Jenkins spoke with NRF about the challenges she faced as a small business owner trying to survive the pandemic. Click here to read about how some hard-earned savings, productive use of downtime during the pandemic and some video and photoshoots helped keep this Indie in the retail game.