LegacyDUMBO, the Caribbean-Owned Vinyl Retailer that Feels like Property, Celebrates 2-Year Anniversary

This area vinyl retail store in DUMBO has hosted Rae Sremmurd, Mahalia, Metro Boomin, A Boogie, Yo Gotti, Glorilla and Ed Sheeran for meet-and-greets, and has appeared in Cadillac commercials and an Emmy Award-profitable Television set present — all in below two many years.

The inside of Caribbean-owned report shop LegacyDUMBO is reminiscent of a neat aunt’s home: Inviting, warm and protected in exciting artwork and music ephemera. 

This is by design. The co-proprietors of the keep, a team of near buddies, have curated the area with their eclectic aunts and grandmothers in brain, winning them faithful shoppers and celeb admirers. 

This week, the boutique is celebrating its next anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 2, with an all-day function at the store positioned at 247 Drinking water St. 

“It was actually just a deep love of new music and bringing persons jointly that designed me want to open up up Legacy,” Haile Ali, a person of the 3 founders, informed BK Reader. He co-founded the shop with Victorious De Costa and Barkim Salgado. 

“The inspiration powering Legacy was definitely me being a musician. By means of sampling and being a producer, I fell in love with records. It just became a issue I started digging for data the experience I experienced, the feeling that I had, I wished to generate this sensation in my own way,” Ali mentioned.

Given that its opening, the retail outlet has hosted stars for fulfill-and-greets, including Rae Sremmurd, Mahalia, Metro Boomin, A Boogie, Yo Gotti, Glorilla and Ed Sheeran. Brand names, which includes Flaviar and Cadillac, have rented the retailer for commercials, and the space has been featured on the Emmy Award-winning CBS present, “The Dig.” 

“Through that, we have been able to produce a lot of content material from it, and I believe that has been a person of the preliminary ways that created labels attain out to us. It is been definitely seamless as significantly as generating connections they’re searching for us, and that is the interesting section about it,” claimed Ali of the significant-profile clientele.

The retail outlet has a distinctive aesthetic, with beaded curtains, lively partitions and placing artwork all through. 

“The complete retailer provides the perception that it is intended for you to arrive in, be cozy and explore new tunes,” reported Kimberly Assi, a consumer who uncovered the shop through its Burna Boy early album listening event. “The setup of the vinyls are also intended for you to search by as they are in pull-out drawers, so you almost have no option but to search via diverse choices, which can direct to you discovering a new document that you may delight in.” 

“Sometimes people today arrive into the store, just sit down, and don’t obtain any information. I’m not mad at it, however they just sense cozy to appear inside of. That was definitely aspect of the approach,” Ali said.

Ali is from Crown Heights and instructed BK Reader it was significant for him to open up the store in Brooklyn. 

“I preferred [Legacy] to be anything in which I could leave a mark on where I’m from, I could be a component of the lifestyle that is developing and acquiring, as considerably as business in Brooklyn. So for me, it was surely about getting my roots be dwelling in advance of I branch out everywhere else,” mentioned Ali.

Located on the border of DUMBO and Vinegar Hill, Legacy is also just one of the pretty couple of Black and Caribbean-owned vinyl stores in Brooklyn. 

“It feels dope to have a location the place people today can arrive, stage in and truly feel household. They feel at ease, can go through the room and know where we appear from culturally and embrace it. It’s dope to be capable to share my tradition with individuals and see how men and women from all over the entire world are sensation Legacy, it truly is motivating,” stated Ali. 

Assi explained to BK Reader she has never ever been to a Black-owned document keep. 

“I assume the way in which it is crafted is certainly open up to all but geared to Black people today, through the ambiance and dancehall tunes taking part in as you stroll in. Document suppliers can generally feel stuffy and not fun, but Legacy is the opposite. You can sit and read through, pay attention to tunes, just take photographs, and talk to the staff members, all features that make it exclusive,” stated Assi. 

Legacy will host an anniversary event at the shop on Sept. 2, with games, giveaways, refreshments and are living performances. Uncover party updates via Legacy’s Instagram and web-site