So, when I came across the Immortelle Beauty line a few years ago and followed the brand owner on twitter her bio read “I drive a manual truck in 5 inch heels.” Now, my parents made me learn to drive a stick shift – as in I didn’t drive an automatic until I had a license in hand. However, I could not do it in shoes. No joke, I would take my boots, flip flops, you name it, off to drive. So Kathryn’s bio set me some goals that I can proudly say I have managed to achieve!
So now, meet Kathryn Nurse, boss babe behind the Caribbean owned skin care line – Immortelle Beauty.
How did Immortelle Beauty come to be?
I trained as a Cosmetic Chemist at an R&D research lab in New Jersey. Immortelle Beauty came out of me wanting to come up with my own concepts and truly take ownership of the products I made throughout the entire development, marketing and sales process. I wanted everything to be mine and me to be the face of the products as well. So I decided to move home to Trinidad and start my little company.
Kerry-Ann Clarke is the owner of the boutique Kerry ManWomanHome in Jamaica. She is founder of The Collection Moda – Jamaica’s premier fashion event, studied at Parsons School of Design, and interned at Vogue. I had a virtual sit down with this Caribbean boss babe and now you get to read all about it!
We’ve previously had a virtual chat here with the designer behind the MisimBeachBabe swimwear brand who is now also a carnival costume designer. Today, we are catching up with her because there has been a lot of new developments since we last spoke.
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…