The Caribbean and its diaspora has produced some talented barrier breaking individuals in every aspect of life you can think of and fashion design is one of them. This industry is filled with immensely talented designers from the Caribbean diaspora that are making major strides in this very populated field. The Caribbean is undoubtedly known for setting trends. What makes these designers very special is that they use their very rich heritage as the base or backbone from which all other high fashion pieces emerge from. For them it’s much more than just clothes it’s an experience and a story to be told every piece having its own story.
Azede Jean-Pierre’s brand embodies freedom one important word that comes to the mind when one thinks about the spirit of my Haitian brothers and sisters. From a tender age Jean-Pierre got into sketching which eventually blossomed her into the eclectic inspiring designer she is today. Jean-Pierre’s line has a bohemian feel with a touch of structured fits that can be paired and worn to a business event or work. She even had the former First Lady Michelle Obama has worn pieces from her collection, now how dope is that! Her line also consists of strappy linen dresses, spring vibes colors and patterns. This line offers a little bit of something for the different types of everyday woman. Jean-Pierre combines her talent with philanthropy by recently partnering with Haitian business owners in order to design free uniforms for 12 schools within the island. She is expected to work with local artist to produce these uniforms and is expected to come into effect for the upcoming school year 2017-2018.
Joelle Jean Fontaine
Joelle Jean Fontaine’s brand ‘I Am Kreyol’ is all about empowerment strength and bond. From her biggest inspirations mother and grandmother who had a career as a seamstress in Haiti was the fuel that Jean Fontaine needed to create this unapologetic clothing line. Jean Fontaine and her mother have formed a force that creates clothing that infuses the traditional feminine aspect with fabrics and patterns that can be traced back to her rich Haitian heritage. Fontaine’s bold pieces such as bell sleeves and peplum tops are conversation starters that influence individuality of each and every one that has ever experienced this clothing line.
Is a menswear designer who infuses his colorful Haitian heritage with modern silhouettes and the art of being a gentlemen to produce suits that encompass much more than just fashion. His suits bring a forceful fresh take on menswear that evokes power and commands attention. Petit Frere fell in love with suits from watching his dad and wearing suits himself due to his Real estate career. Social Media along with learning the art of tailoring play a major role in leading Petit Frere to launch his own clothing brand ‘Musika Frere’ along with partner Aleks Musika. Since then their brand has been worn by a number of celebrities such as Jay Z, Kevin Hart and Stephen Curry.
Samantha Black is a fashion designer of Jamaican decent that got major recognition from being featured on Project Runway S11 and Project Runway All-stars S4. And yes I was rooting for you, you were my favorite woot woot! Her perspective on colors and patterns and fabric goes deep beyond the surface. Pieces from her clothing brand SammyB are minimal yet thought provoking and sassy and edgy all at the same time. Black has shown her bold pieces at NYFW and has dresses celebrities such as Lala Anthony and Keri Hilson.
Marie Jean Baptiste
Jean Baptiste created a clothing line called Rue107 that boldly represents her upbringing in the beautiful island of Haiti. Jean Baptiste is a true representation of what it means when the saying goes we can only hide who we really are for so long. In this case from a tender age Jean Baptiste knew who she wanted to be but we live in a society when playing it safe is the way to go. Baptiste fell out of that que and it was then that she found her true purpose and that was Fashion designing. In 2011 she created her online clothing store that have dressed the likes of Queen ‘Bey’ Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj just to name a few. Rue107 consists of vibrant statement street styles pieces that marry nostalgia with new experiences.
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