We had the good fortune of connecting with Alvin Stampley III and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alvin, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process behind starting Hudson One Eleven was more like an awakening. I knew I needed something new, something that made me feel more present in my work. At this very time I was living in Harlem, on 111th street and 7th avenue to be exact. In my spare time I enjoy long meditative walks. This one particular evening, I was walking along the Hudson River and that’s when my awakening started. After I made it home when my walk was over. I began to think and brainstorm. I had multiple years of client experience in a luxury setting and I wanted to build from that. I’ve always had a passion for skin care and holistic treatments; so I started doing research on the skin care industry. I was so enthused and intrigued that the adrenaline took over. I don’t even think I went to bed that night. lol. I found what I was supposed to be creating. Hudson One Eleven.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What keeps me busy professionally is the motivation to grow. I learned a new word yesterday; “solopreneur” is someone who does everything themselves. That is the best way to describe me at this stage in business. Majority of everything within Hudson One Eleven is done by myself, the design concepts, the product development, logistics, administration, even all the way down to hand delivering packages.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well I split my time between New York City and New Orleans. If we are in New Orleans we will definitely take my best friend to hit up all the Creole restaurants, but also I am taking you to my aunts house we are about eat the best crawfish etoufee and potato salad in the city. We will take a tour around the city, going to some of our historically black neighborhoods Treme, Gentilly and Musician’s village in the 9th ward. The night life fun will be live bands and performances by our artists from the city hopefully Big Freedia is town because that is where we will be.
Harlem we will walk on 133rd and sight see where Billie Holiday first started her career and then head over to Corner Social on 126 and Lenox for their amazing grilled salmon salad.
The next few days we will do an array of things. we are definitely making reservations at my favorite restaurant in SoHo, Lure Fish Bar, and since we are in SoHo we will do a little shopping, then hit up a few backyard barbecues in Brooklyn and always the museums are top priority. My all time favorite night life experience is Trappy Hour so that’s a must!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My first shoutout is a pure and sincere thanks to God, my ancestors thank y’all so much for listening and answering all of my prayers. Next I love to shoutout one of my closest friends Marcus Stewart, you was with me when it was all just a thought and you were the very first person I shared my vision with. Marcus you are good soil and to witness my seeds grow and blossom into a beautiful garden lets me know you are the salt of the earth. My mom, Karen Stampley, my aunts Desiree Cole and Katrina Cook, thank y’all for all of your prayers and support. My clients who trusted me enough to put your skin in my hands thanks to each and every one of you. I love you! I also would like to thank you to ShoutOut magazine for allowing me to have space in your publication.
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Malcolm Peacock (photo of me standing in all black, next to window)