MR. SCHERON HARLEY: THE MAN BEHIND HAUS OF FALENCI'AGO

The Man,The Passion,The Calling


On Saturday October 5, 2019, The Savvy Event Guru had the opportunity to sit down with the ONE & ONLY Mr. Scheron Harley, International Hall of Fame, Celebrity Designer and Stylist of the Haus of Falenci'ago clothing line. For someone who has experienced so much success in a short period of time, Mr. Harley was very humble and the vibe of this interview was more so similar to old friends catching up opposed to 2 people meeting for the 2nd time. 




Background 
Scheron Harley is originally from Maryland and at the age of 6 years old Scheron began his career in the ARTS!  This 6 year old genius taught himself how to read music. How many 6 year olds do you know can read music? Not many!  There are a host of other skills that Mr. Harley taught himself, but reading music is just one of the many!


Interview:
The Savvy Event Guru: How did you get started? Did you go right into Fashion Design?  

Training:
Mr. Scheron Harley: I attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts but didn’t get started with designing clothes right away.  I actually started off as a dancer.  Adrian Vincent James, the first African American Male to dance with the Houston Ballet, trained me in dance.  I am actually trained in Ballet dance, modern dance and Spanish Dance. Dancing was a passion of mines and I was very good at it.  I also worked and taught dance to inter-city youth. Dancing then led to modeling.




Mr. Scheron Harley: In high school I was in charge of the Modeling team at my school.  I was a professional model and at the time I was working with an agent and was booked to model for several fashion show events.  At the age 16, Jarmal Harris with Exquisite Modeling Agency, found me at Duke Ellington School of the Arts.  I then began working with Jarmal and his modeling agency where Jarmal laid the foundation for me and taught me how to make a business in the fashion industry.


The Savvy Event Guru: What age did you begin designing clothes? Who and what influenced you to go into the Fashion Industry?


Mr. Scheron Harley: The first time that I sat behind a sewing machine was March of 2009 and I made my 1st dress in 3 WEEKS!!  A few months later on June 9, 2009 exactly 3 months before my 18th birthday, I  woke up that morning and said to myself “I am going to start a clothing line.” And that's what I did with the help of my NEW Sewing machine, which was donated to me by a school teacher at my high school.



The Savvy Event Guru: What Fashion Industry education do you possess?

Mr. Scheron Harley: Right after graduating The Duke Ellington Performance Arts school, Class of 2009, I applied to 2 fashion schools, the Art institute of Philadelphia and the Art Institute of New York.  I ultimately chose the Art Institute of New York, but due to financial set-backs, I was not able to attend the school.  So I did the NEXT BEST thing that I could think of doing and that was teaching myself  EVERYTHING from designing clothes, to sewing clothes, etc. And on top of that, I had never taken a sewing class.

The Savvy Event Guru: What has been your biggest hurdle to overcome in this industry and over all?

Mr. Scheron Harley: My biggest hurdle to date for me has been the size stipulations in regards to the mannequins that I use to design clothes.  In the beginning it was slightly hard to maneuver into the Plus Size industry, but with a little extra attention to details and a keen eye for fashion, I was able to succeed.
 
Mr. Scheron Harley: One of the biggest decision for entrepreneurs is whether to do this full-time or to continue your business part-time and like many, I struggled with this same decision. Where is my next meal or paycheck going to come from?  Then I made the decision.  Finally in 2013, I began to work with celebrities and this was the year where I felt like “I can finally breathe now”.  I knew that in order for me to do this fashion designing full-time I would need a steady clientele and thankfully, that's what I got!  

The Savvy Event Guru: What has been your biggest accomplishment to date?

Mr. Scheron Harley: I have had many accomplishment but there are a few that stand out for me.  In February 2019, I was inducted into the Fashion Design International Hall of Fame.  This was a huge honor for me. My mother attended this event with me as well.  Another huge accomplishment was when I received the call from ICON, SUPERSTAR, Chaka Khan in regards to garments that she wanted me to design for her event. This was a HUGE accomplishment!!! 


Icon, Singer & Songwritter Chaka Khan



The Savvy Event Guru: Who are some of the Well-know Celebrities that you’ve worked with?

Mr. Scheron Harley: Hmmmm I have worked with celebrities such as Mariah Carey, Anita Baker, Taylor Dane,Toni Braxton, Kim Fields, Dru Hill, New Edition, Jill Scott and the list goes on!!  I also have gone on tour with some celebrities as well.



 WHITE HOUSE BET Premiere Concert Special: Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration
Scheron styled Celebrity Couple 
Ronnie from Group BELL, BIV, DEVOE and wife Shamari Deveo


Celebrity Malinda Williams at the SOUL TRAIN MUSIC AWARDS


Celebrity R&B Group EnVogue 

DRU HILL Show at The HOWARD THEATRE 2/19/14

The REAL HOUSEWIVES of ATLANTA Reunion


The Savvy Event Guru: How did you come up with the name HAUS of FALENCI’AGO?




Mr. Scheron Harley: To give the full story, originally I was looking at the names "Ooh LaLa" and "House of Shauka" and then One day I was watching Court TV and there was a person with the name Valenci.  I decided to drop the "V" and add the "F" and then added "iago" and came up with Falenci'ago.  In 2011 I decided to drop the 'House" and go with "HAUS". It is a name that has a little bit of German, American and French intertwined into one. Very "timeless" and "classic".

The Savvy Event Guru: I like it a lot! You have a very clever name for your clothing line.   


Celebrities dressed in HAUS of FALENCI'AGO




The Savvy Event Guru: You make a variety of different gowns and clothing for many people, ranging from Prom gowns to Wedding Gowns; What would you say is the range of the cost for your clothing?

Mr. Scheron Harley: I have been blessed to be and work in the Fashion Industry for 10 consecutive years.  I started this journey back in 2009 and I have been blessed to have done so many great things and gone so many great places in such a short time period of time.  10 years ago, some of my gowns and clothing were priced at a range of $10-$20 and now my gowns and clothing can reach anywhere up to $13,000.00 in cost. 


The Savvy Event Guru: What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a fashion designer?

Mr. Scheron Harley: The advice that I would give would be to find what works for your brand and be consistent with what you are doing. In order for you to do this job full time you must have a steady clientele. I would also tell someone to always, always, always, get it in writing.  A contract will save your life!

The Savvy Event Guru: What are you currently working on?

Mr. Scheron Harley: Prom Season is NOW and I devote 8 months to prom season.  I am currently doing consultation appointments and working on client gowns.  I will also be working on Wedding gowns for my client's as well. 

The Savvy Event Guru: What’s NEXT for HAUS of FALENCI’AGO?

Mr. Scheron Harley: Hmmmm in October we are planning to release our NEW Menswear Collection.  This new line can be purchased at our online store!  Check out some of the new pieces from our NEW Menswear line below!






The Savvy Event Guru: WOW, that is wonderful!  Very nice!! Well it has certainly been a pleasure sitting down with you today.  Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to meet with me!  


Mr. Scheron Harley: Your certainly welcome!   


For more on Mr. Scheron Harley and Haus of Falenci'ago see contact information below. 





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