So I’m headed to Haiti in a few weeks with designer Azede Jean Pierre and a score of fashionable folks. This trip is meaningful to me because my Dad is Haitian! And while he has made many a trip back (and has even done some relief work), I’ve only been once. I’m excited to learn more about my culture, the country, and ways I can use my platform to raise awareness and support.
As a fashion lover, of course I’ve been thinking about What to Wear for my trip. And while I’m there, I thought it only fitting to wear Haitian designers to show off just how talented Haitian designers are! I’ve done a bit of research and uncovered 10 Bomb Haitian designers you should know.
In no particular order…
1. Azede Jean Pierre
Of course Azede gets first pick since she is organizing this trip! The young prodigy was born in Haiti, then matriculated to SCAD before launching her eponymous line (I always like to say that we were the first to write about her before Elle and Vogue caught wind). Her designs are art filled, expertly draped, and undeniably beautiful. Bombshells like Solange and even First Lady Michelle Obama are fans, and have worn Azede Jean-Pierre to red carpet events and on magazine covers.
What do I plan to pluck from her collection? I think her tie waist peplum dress would be perfect for day, as would her tie waist jacket and pants combo. I’m feeling her tie waist linen jumpsuit for evening.
Shop Azede’s collection yourself here.
2. Stella Jean
Stella Jean is another fabulous Haitian designer who has enjoyed mainstream success. The Haitian-Italian’s designs showcase Afro-Caribbean prints and artscapes with European tailoring. Beyonce and Rihanna’s patronage helped make Stella Jean moe of a household name.
Her designs are available on LuisaViaRoma, Shopbop, Moda Oprandi, and more! Behold a few of my faves:
See more at StellaJean.it.
3. Pyer Moss by Kerby Jean-Raymond
Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss uses his creations to spark discussion and comment on civil rights issues of the day. Though he has unveiled many runway shows (he specializes in luxurious, streamlined sportswear for mainly men though he recently delved into womenswear), he is most known for his revolutionary t-shirts like his “They Have Names” tee that enumerated the names of black men unjustly slain by law enforcement, and his “Juneteenth” tee, worn by Usher, to acknowledge the Juneteenth Holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S.
I’d rock any of Pyer Moss’s Tees whilst in Haiti! And, if I’m going for an athletic look, any of the below will do:
See more at PyerMoss.com.
4. Charles Dieujuste
Charles Dieujuste offers evening gowns that ooze elegance, romance, and simple sophistication. If you have a gala to attend, Dieujuste would be the one to tap.
His website is under construction, but follow his fashionable moves on Instagram @Charles_Dieujuste.
5. Musika Frere by Davidson Petit Frere
From Fashion Bomber of the Year to haberdasher? Yes, this all happened on Fashion Bomb Daily. Davidson Petit-Frere appeared on our screens in 2012 as a dapper real estate investor who preferred custom made suits over right off the rack. He clearly had skill (the response to him was overwhelming, so much so that he was crowed Fashion Bomber of the Year). Perhaps fueled by the reception, Frere partnered with Aleks Musika to create Musika Frere, a line of bespoke suits and tuxes. What started off as him suiting himself nicely for work mushroomed into a booming business with suits and blazers worn by Kevin Hart, Diggy Simmons, Mack Wilds, and More.
We like to say we make dreams come true here on FBD (or at least open the door). See more at MusikaFrere.com.
6. Claude S. Michelle
Boston based Claude Michelle specializes in runway ready dresses and bespoke suits. What started off as a bowtie and necktie business has ballooned into Rowing, a collection of both classically elegant and sporty pieces Claude designs with his fraternal twin brother Claudel.
I want that blue and white dress!! Though he’s one of the newer designers on this list, he is certainly one to watch. See more on ClaudesMichelle.com.
7. I am Kreyol
We have yet another Boston dispatch with I am Kreyol, a line of ready to wear pieces and tees that bubbles over with Haitian pride.
Their line of t-shirts are bomb, but I’m more apt to slip on their chic pieces for an evening engagement.
Purchase at IamKreyol.com.
8. Rue 107 by Marie Jean-Baptiste
Fashion Bomb Daily is a long time fan and supporter of Rue 107 and its designer Marie Jean Baptist. The line comprises stretchy, punchy separates with both straight size and plus sized Bombshells in mind.
I’m already a fan, and have worn Rue 107 on many occasions.
I can’t wait to wear them anew! Purchase the above at Rue107.com.
9. K. Singh Creations
Kareen Singh designs custom skirts from her hometown of Montréal, under the name K. Singh Creations. The Haitian-Trinidadian-Canadian Bombshell can fashion fringed, chained, and embellished jupes sur mesure.
Contact her via Instagram @KSinghCreations.
10. Famn Djanm by Paola Marthe
Fashion Designer and Blogger Paola Marthe aka @FindingPaola has created a line of boldly printed head wraps called Famn Djanm (Strong Woman in Haitian Creole). On Instagram, she wrote, “Fanm Djanm (@fanmdjanm) is not just a lifestyle brand. It’s an ongoing project celebrating strength, beauty, vulnerability, softness, growth, and sisterhood.”
See more and shop at FindingPaola.com.
11. Catouwear by Berny Martin
Like Musika Frere, Catouwear focuses on custom suits and blazers for men.
Learn more at Catouwear.com and on Instagram @Catouwear.
12. Junes Yves by Marie Cadet
Junes Yves’s cartoon like designs of pop figures are the perfect fit for the young, bold, and fashion forward. Cadet creates bright, unexpected separates, tees, and tanks for both men and women.
The cool pieces are both cute and affordable. Purchase at JunesYves.com and follow on Instagram @JunesYves.
That does it!
This is by no means a comprehensive list. If you know of any other Haitian designers we may have missed, please leave a comment and we’ll continue to update this post.
Until then, what do you think?