Creating a welcoming space for stylish younger customers

Andrea Lord

New York

Andrea Lord is the Founder and Creative Director of Andréa Lord Studio, a men’s hair studio located in Soho. Born in Korea, she is a US military veteran who started her career working as a wardrobe stylist for top video and print shoots in Los Angeles, then moved to New York where she headed her own women’s wear company. It was through her behind-the- scenes experience at photo and video fashion shoots that she discovered her passion for men’s hair, health, and grooming. Identifying a gap in the market between classic barbershops and high-end men’s salons, she envisioned a fusion of the two, contemporary high style cuts in an intimate, relaxed, environment that would appeal to younger, stylish customers.

In 2021 she was referred to Accompany Capital by the SBDC team at Pace University. Accompany Capital not only helped her get started with an SBA Loan, but provided help with planning, strategy, and cash flow that helped turn her dream into reality.

As she gets ready for opening day, Andrea continues to benefit from ongoing technical assistance from Accompany Capital and appreciates the ongoing support. “Accompany Capital is helping with all aspects of business management and strategy, including human resources, bookkeeping systems, cash flow management, and strategic planning,” she explains. “It’s as if I have my own Board of Directors.”

Accompany Capital, is a New York City based, SBA approved Microloan and Community Advantage Lender and certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) by the US Department of the Treasury. As of 2021, Accompany Capital has made 3,474 microloans for a total of $20.9M from its SBA funded Microloan Program.

Accompany Capital Services:
• Microloan