Our latest virtual sit down is with Isy Obi, the designer behind the fashion brand Isy B from the Cayman Islands. We’ve teamed up with the line to host a giveaway, just keep on reading to find out how. So without further ado, let me introduce you…
What sparked your interest in fashion design?
I’ve always loved design; my mother was a fashion designer and she was taught by her mother, so it definitely runs in the family.
How do you gather your inspiration, and what does your design process look like?
I love to travel and no matter where I go I’m always taking in information on colours, shapes and textures. Nature is my greatest inspiration when it comes to finding balance in color. I also find inspiration in observing women. I love to see women in their element and when I design that’s how I want them to feel in my clothes. Special.
Every season we start with a concept and our colors, prints and the final styles are created from that concept. This season the concept was Caribbean Mermaid.
Today’s feature interview is with the designer – Karen De Freitas-Fraser, a womenswear designer from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, who has recently expanded her portfolio into menswear as well. She has had her designs walk in Carnival Catwalk, Virgin Islands Fashion Week, Islands of the World Fashion Week, and Miami Fashion Week. She has also been featured in SHE Caribbean, POSH Caribbean, Caribbean Styling, and Panache Magazines. She has been seen on Vogue.com and Fashion Bomb Daily and is the recipient of the Caribbean Style and Culture – Award of Excellence – Fashion Innovation from Karib Nation.
Without further ado, here is my virtual sit down with the designer…
Today’s with love from Guyana designer feature is of a Guyanese designer who has launched her line within the last year. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Brooke Glasford, keep on reading…
What sparked your interest in fashion and made you want to work in this industry?
There was always something innate that drew me to clothing. I’ll never forget being in Prep B and my classmates’ mothers’ asking me for style advice, or where they could go to buy something. I think I’m a little obsessed with fashion to be honest– I’m constantly in awe of new interpretations of old designs, and fabrications and I make an effort to consistently learn about the history of clothing and the way that it connects to architecture, engineering, and life in general. In much the same way I’m a businesswoman and buying behavior and retail trends are very, very interesting to me so the business of fashion became the natural path of my career.
Today’s feature interview is of Kimon Baptiste.
What peaked your interest in fashion and made you want to be a fashion designer?
I am not sure, I think I always wanted to be involved in fashion even as a young girl growing up, I was surrounded by seamstresses and creative persons, my grandmothers, aunts even my mother was creative as she taught me all the different types of decorative stitches, how to knit, and also how to use a sewing machine, so working with my hands and bringing creative ideas to life was always something that was encouraged in my family.
How would you describe your brand, your designs, and your style?
Uuuummm…. three words; colourful, sophisticated and chic.
It is with great honour that I get to feature Ashlee Douglas of Merch Carnival on the blog for a 2 post piece. Today is the first of the 2 part installment and we get to learn about the Merch Carnival brand. I promise that you will definitely want to come back for the second part!
How did Merch Carnival come to be?
I began my e-commerce business in 2012 during my sophomore year of college. I started with selling embroidered snapbacks. Initially, I planned on it being a temporary thing, make a 48 hats and once they were sold I was done, but I really enjoyed having something of my own and decided to really think through what I wanted as a business and a brand. I wanted to create a brand that not only exemplifies West Indian Pride, but showcases the work of Caribbean-based or Caribbean-inspired designers and producers. MerchCarnival officially opened May 2014 and is a product of my love for my Caribbean heritage, the people, and the culture that I am a part of and experience in my travels. The past 2 years, I have focused on MerchCarnival as an apparel label. I am now in the beginning stages of making MerchCarnival into a curated marketplace that features several caribbean designers.
What types of services are offered?
MerchCarnival provides an online platform for brands to sell their goods and reach potential customers around the world. We also have fulfillment and shipping services. Throughout the year we participate or host pop up shops and vend at various festivals. All of our brands are featured at each event. So all one has to do is ship their goods to us.