Shari H. Burriss is profiled as an artist, fashion designer, wife, mother, entrepreneur, published author, fashion show producer, and proud Washington, D.C. native. Since childhood, she had dreams of becoming a Mogul in the Fashion Industry. After graduating from high school, she commenced her college career at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, majoring in fashion design.
While in college, she balanced perfecting her craft while working for designers in NYC, including Whitlow and Hawkins, Waitex, and Kahn Lucas, that sold to retail chains such as Nordstrom and Macy’s. Upon completion at FIT, Shari set her goals and knew how to achieve them. Shari jumped right into creating her self-titled brand "Shari Henry" which launched during NY Fashion Week in the fall of 2018. With mastered techniques and an artistic eye, Shari constructed chic modern styles.
Shari’s collections have been featured in: The Mothers of the NBA benefit runway show, Miss African Union Pageant for the winner Lukwesa Morin of Zambia, and she was the Costume Designer for The NBA and Budweiser’s Elf On The Shelf commercial just to name a few.
With loads of potential, Shari has just tipped the iceberg with what she can do utilizing the world of fashion as her platform. Whether she is giving back to non profits through her speaking engagements, donating handmade PPE and food to under-privileged youth in DC during the pandemic, or writing a guide to uplift and encourage other mom entrepreneurs, Shari never stops her work as a flourishing humanitarian.
During her professional career, Shari was hired to work as personal assistant and stylist for Cicely Tyson on and off set. Through several unique experiences, the love and respect for the film industry evolved extensively. She has worked on a variety of television and movie sets such as: Tyler Perry’s A Fall From Grace, ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder, Ava Duvernay’s Anthology Cherish The Day, and guest appeared with Miss Tyson on a CBS hit series show Madame Secretary wearing an original design she created.
With inspiration from her daughters, Shari created a play wear line for kids entitled PLAY by SHB. With extreme importance to making environmentally safe and functional clothing, Shari produced pieces that are sustainable and made in America. The first collection launched just in time for back to school shopping in July 2021 (featured in Milk Magazine Special Issue Autumn/Winter 2021). This line included essential items such as leggings for girls that are made using sustainable fabric, with an extendable hem and knee patches. This collection was made with the mission to educate consumers on how fashion affects our environment.
A grandmother who was a seamstress in NYC during the 1950’s, a grandfather who was a tailor, a great aunt who is legendary in the entertainment industry, an aunt who graduated from FIT as a pattern-maker, and parents that both have excellent sewing skills have helped mold the creative legacy of Shari H. Burriss.