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victory and joy,” she said. Haiti is the first black nation to gain its independence. With the country laying on the hurricane belt, the last earthquake spiked economic growth, and business was able to greatly develop. They have wonderful music, extravagant dancing, parades, carnivals like the Rara carnival and homemade instruments. Haitians are very spiritual, believing in Voodoo spirits such as Iwa. The landscape is beautiful just like the people that live there. Its main language is French and Haitian Creole, which sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Fontaine hopes to put “our clothes in Boutiques and retailers around the country, Boston, New York, Cali and one day open up a manufacturing company in Haiti to provide jobs for the community there,” she said. The men and women who represent Kréyol are envisioned as “warriors in A-line dresses and combat boots. It’s a women or man who is not bound by generational or ethnic backgrounds but simply one who lives boldly and walks in his or her purpose.” With Haiti being located in the Caribbean, Fontaine took some of the patterns, textures and colors from the culture as an influence of her designs. Unlike most designers, she doesn’t bother with sketching out a design beforehand. Rather, she looks for the fabric, the colors and the patterns which then skyrockets her into an abundance of creative ideas that turn into her own designs. Her heritage is a major factor in the construction of each piece as she uses “the dresses my mom used to make for me in Haiti or old uniforms.” Her designs are also derived from “1800s’ silhouettes, vintage, precise cuts, bold funkadelic patterns, discothèque sequence and classic femininity, Kréyol also utilizes old Haitian uniforms and dresses as a basis and inspiration for design.” The line I Am Kréyol can be found online at iamkreyol.com or ninteenthamendment.com, and if

they don’t have what you like, unlike many designers, you can email them at iamkreyol@gmail.com and they can assist you from there. The clothing has been featured in Macy’s Herald Square in New York (partnered with Ninteenth Amendment), Fashion Week with AmcoNYC (spring collection), the Institute of Contemporary Art Museum in Boston (partnered with Boston Caribbean Fashion Week), the Museum of Fine Arts during the Juneteenth event and a Trunk Show with Goorin Bros on Newbury Street. Trade Secrets: July 2016 Edition - 33

Trade Secrets Magazine - July 2016  

Vol 4 Iss 3 jul 2016

Trade Secrets Magazine - July 2016  

Vol 4 Iss 3 jul 2016

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