About Us

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My husband Mark and I founded NiLu with a simple goal: to showcase the rich culture, amazing artistry and unique attributes of Harlem and other special places around the world.

Harlem has contributed so much to global culture that “Harlem World” has become a popular catchphrase. While it may be a bit overused, for locals here in Harlem, “Harlem World” also speaks to the unique “world” that is Harlem.

Truly unlike any other neighborhood in New York City, Harlem possesses a deep cultural history, with a rich and vibrant community of musicians and artists which continues to thrive today.  We wanted to share this culture and community with the world, and we wanted to support the local artisans and craftspeople in our neighborhood as well.

We founded NiLu to sell gifts, home decor and crafts from local Harlem artists as well as items from around the world. Harlem is our home, and our name “NiLu” comes from our son’s first names, Nigel and Luke. We use honest business practices and sell Fair Trade products whenever possible.

We want everything you buy from NiLu to give you a deeper connection – to yourself, your home, and the global community. Just like every corner in Harlem has a unique story to tell, each item we sell has its own story, its own special place in the world, and we hope they will take a special place in your life. 

Katrina, Mark, Nigel and Luke