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12 Haitian Designers You Should Know

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by Lisa 

As a Haitian-American Fashion blogger, I’ve often stopped to think about what influences my fashion choices. Even though I don’t have a first-hand account of life in Haiti, I do believe my connection to Haiti via my parents has most definitely shaped my sense of fashion, particularly my fond use of color. This fact becomes all the more evident when I encounter the beautiful stylings of these 11 fashion designers of Haitian descent. If you are even remotely familiar with Haitian art, it should come as no surprise that these Haitian designers make use of their fierce cultural pride through their fearless use of color, textiles and prints.

1. Giovanna Mernard

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Born and raised in Port Au Prince, Haiti, Giovanna Menard’s accessories and handbags have been exhibited on runways throughout the world.

2. Jean-Pierre

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Haitian-born designer, Jean-Pierre is the founder of the world renowned young women’s wear designer label Azede Jean-Pierre. Some of her biggest supporters include Michele Obama and Solange Knowles.

3. Jean Yves Marchand

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Jean Yves Marchand has gone from being the chief designer for Habimode, a couture boutique based in Petionville, Haiti, to curating his own fashion line the Jean-Yves Marchand Collection. See more of his pieces here: https://www.youtube.com/TW4rZHREjk

4. Stella Jean

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Stella Jean was raised in Italy to a Haitian mother and Italian father. She attributes her fashion to a merging of both her Haitian and Italian heritage. Her fashion can be seen on runways throughout the world.

5. Maelle Figaro David

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Maelle Figaro David was the designer behind Miss Haiti Universe’s national costume and has been a staple in the Haitian high fashion scene for the last 20 years.

6. Michel Chataigne 

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Haitian-born hair stylist, turned fashion designer is a truly a Jacque of all trades.

7. Paola Marthe

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Paola Marthe, fashion blogger and fashion designer behind Famn Djanm (Strong Woman in Haitian Creole). She is most known for her boldly printed head wraps.

8. Phelicia Dell

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Phelicia Dell, designer behind the The Veve Collections is most known for her handcrafted luxury handbags.

9. Berny Martin

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Berny Martin’s pieces can be seen on both men and women on runways all over the world. He is the designer for Catouwear.

10. Marie Therese Fouchard

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Marie Therese Fouchard began making clothes in the mid-eighties and never stopped. She know own and operates a chic boutique in Petionville Haiti called “Le Grenier de Rapadou”

11. Davidson Frere

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Haitian-American, Davidson Frere and Aleks Musika are the design team behind Musika Frère, a luxury menswear line.

12. Severe Erase

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Severe Erase is the daughter of two tailors, was raised in Haiti and witnessed the sewing machine at its finest. Even at a young age, she remembers being intrigued by the craft.  The idea of Sevy came from an encouraging conversation with her mother. 

Are there any Haitian designers we missed that we should look out for?

 

 

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About Lisa Jean Francois

I'm a Lipstick-obsessed Journalist and Fashion Blogger. You can find me over on my blog or youtube channel swatching lippies and strutting around in 5-inch heels. I'm a also a brand coach, specializing in video marketing and digital brand development. Find me @lisaalamode.

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Elodie Careme
Elodie Careme
5 years ago

Thank you for highlighting success stories from Haiti !

omfg
omfg
5 years ago

has this website ever done anything specifically highlighting black american designers, youtube channels, and the like?

Myllee
Myllee
5 years ago

I adore this feature, please keep hilighting countries not always in the spotlight.

Victor Beaubrun
Victor Beaubrun
5 years ago

yes , you missed VICTOR GLEMAUD

Erie
Erie
5 years ago

This article is awesome. I love it and am so proud of my culture. I had no idea all these designers were out there. You missed out on Djenane Desrouleaux http://www.djenanedsrlx.com her stuff is so beautiful and amazing!!

kaydenpat
kaydenpat
5 years ago

Ms. Jean’s skirt is so beautiful — so Caribbean.

Stephanie Verna Evequoz
Stephanie Verna Evequoz
4 years ago

There is also Christelle Dominique. https://www.instagram.com/mejeannecouture/

Jessica
Jessica
4 years ago

You missed Sophie Patel of Ginen Creations by Sophie

Sabine
Sabine
4 years ago

And Hermioe Elma she’s awesome!!!
http://www.hermionecoture.com

Stephane Jean-Baptiste
Stephane Jean-Baptiste
4 years ago

You also missed Prajje Jean-Baptiste! https://www.instagram.com/prajje1983/

Angel Duncan Bryant
Angel Duncan Bryant
4 years ago

Jean Ralph Thurin should Defintelty be on this list. Haute couture wedding designer recently featured in People magazine for designing Neyo’s new wife Crystal Renae’s dress. He’s the truth.

Ernie ANTOINE
Ernie ANTOINE
4 years ago

You also missed Ron & Ron a menswear fashion label specializing in suits by twins brothers Ronald And Rony Delice. Ron-Ron.com

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Dee
Dee
5 years ago

Yes!!! Queens and Kings! Glad to see black people taking to the entrepreneurial route and aim to redefine style, class, and fashion. Loved this feature. Keep putting us on!

guest
guest
5 years ago

Love this! totally going to ckeck out these designers!

TMMG CLOTHING BRAND
3 years ago

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We’re a based Florida Haitian Clothing Brand

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Juned Magneto
3 years ago

A wonderful collection of Haitian designers.

Here you can find out some latest collection of Haitian clothing & Accessories: https://ccboutik.com/haitian-clothing-and-outfit.html

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