Holiday Shopping List: Support small businesses


We here at Dresses for Haiti LOVE supporting small businesses and artists for the holidays! We have been fortunate enough to network with so many amazing people who are hardworking small business owners so we thought why be so selfish and keep it to ourselves! Check out these amazing businesses and support them! We have something for everyone! Men, women, children, artist, fashionistas, and beauty fanatics! If you know of a small business THAT YOU LOVE, don’t be selfish! Share the love! feel free to comment on this post with the business and link!

Are you doing last minute shopping and looking for that unique, handmade gift? Check out this list of small businesses!

For the artsy and interior designer in all of us! This family owned business has become our of my favorites. Their handmade and handcrafted products are from the earth and unique guaranteed to give your home an aesthetic beauty of art and positivity

Susterwood Works specializes in driftwood and reclaimed wood art, Suster Woodworks is a family run business based in San Diego, California. They create shabby chic coastal furnishings and rustic décor out of objects they find along the shores of San Diego’s local beaches! They sell their items through their Etsy shop at SusterWoodworks.etsy.com, or you can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!

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The Real Haiti

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We love supporting small businesses and we love even more supporting small businesses who support Haiti. Check out The Real Haiti for their amazing insight and handmade jewelry!
Diana Pierre-Louis is a public relations/marketing professional and founder of TheRealHaiti.com, a blog about the other side of Haiti that has yet to be discovered by tourists. The Real Haiti is an educational tool that shows Diana’s personal experiences in Haiti. Her digital marketing skills, and love for Haiti gives a unique perspective on the Haitian culture and how she wants to reshape Haiti’s image.
The Haitian inspired jewelry on TheRealHaiti.com is designed and made by Diana with each piece telling a story about Haiti. Jewelry, other accessories and shirts are available for purchase on TheRealHaiti.com/shop.
Diana can be contacted at therealhaiti@gmail.com or 561-504-6632.
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For the little princess and fashionista in your life! 
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Are you looking for a touch of vintage in your life. Why not treat the little princess in your life like royalty with this boutiques amazing tutus, tutu dresses, fabric dresses, and headbands. There is nothing we love better than handmade and this is the place to have your custom orders dreamed! They even have products for the little king in your life! Mikayla Aleah Boutique brings you all your needs for your little Princess and prince with a special Vintage touch. All their items are handmade and can be customized to your needs! Plus Mikayla Aleah Boutique donates 10% of all sales to Dresses for Haiti. Check out theirHaitian inspired tutu called Ayiti Cherry! This tutu pays tribute to Haiti and all proceeds are donated to Dresses for Haiti! This tutu can be custom made like all other orders! 
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For beauty queen and king! 

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This company is an Ithaca based beauty company with amazing produts for hair and skin. We love this business because they bring Haiti to America through beauty products! Kreyòl Essence is dedicated to introducing premium Haitian goods to the US market and offers an extensive array of wellness-based products for those serious about healthy hair, skin and body. Their exciting and purposeful company is anchored by the hydrating and healing properties of our signature product, Palma Christi: Haitian Black Castor Oil. Kreyòl Essence uses luxury and ethically-sourced ingredients crafted in partnership with the people of Haiti.

Their product portfolio includes Palma Shea™ Hair and Body Butter, a nourishing blend of Palma Christi: Haitian Black Castor Oil™ with African Shea Butter designed to infuse the skin and hair with moisture; Pomad Kreyòl™, a unique and tropical blend of Palma Christi: Haitian Black Castor Oil™, Haitian Aloe Vera, Haitian Coconut Oil and Haitian Pine nut oil infused with the exotic Kreyòl Essence herb blend and Savon Kréyol™, a line of organic handcrafted soap packed with premium ingredients like goat’s milk and citrus peels designed to gently exfoliate skin.

Envisioned as a true lifestyle brand, additional offerings from Kreyòl Essence include Bouji: Gourmet Soy Candles, rounding out this line of everyday indulgences. The line has launched in selected market segments and is currently available for wholesale and retail purchase online.

Visit www.kreyolessence.com to learn more. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter

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For the hipster and fashionista

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What do we love most about AmCO. Well other than the amazing and cute vintage t-shirts for both men and women, WE LOVE the hustle and hard work of CEO Adriana Marie. Adriana Marie Co owner, creator and designer Adriana Marie has been working with Dresses for Haiti together since 2010 putting together a fashion show, Fashion’s Night Out,  and a
show for New York Fashion Week. Adriana Marie Co has also donated proceeds from their sales to
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The launch of the designer’s new collection Getting Graphic is inspired by her passion for love, travelling and friendship. Two of the new pieces are named after her two best friends. Adriana Marie Co’s foundation is love, life and happiness. All our messages are meant to trigger a positive emotion derived from a real life experience 530436_10151274474613836_1322635527_nPhotoshoot for Adriana Marie Co. Cali Lookbookwe all have gone or are going through. It’s real clothing for real women and men with a purpose. Check them out on Karmaloop

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AMcoNYC Twitter: @adrianamarieco Instagram: @adrianamarieco Website: Adriana-marie.com
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Haitian Creations
 Do you love handmade jewelry, purses, and art as much as we do! Do you love knowing that your purchase is actually helping women! We thought so! 

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Haitian Creations is a program through (non-profit) Heartline Ministries, where Haitian women make purses, earrings, accessories and jewelry while at the same time empowering and creating independence for them. Check out some of their personal stories here. Heartline Ministries has been serving the country of Haiti for over 20 years. Women that take part in Heartline Ministries’ beading and sewing program get to choose whether or not they want to Make the items for Haitian Creations. The beautiful items are then bought and sold to people here in America.

Check out some of their beautiful handmade merchandise

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Adria Streeter

Are you looking for the beautiful one-of-a-kind dress or outfit for the holidays? Check out Amazing designer Adria Streeter. Soon after being showcased at the 2nd Annual Dresses for Haiti Fashion Show in New York, Adria Streeter launched her brand, Adria Streeter, which consists of custom special occasion dresses for women and children.

While a student at The Fashion Institute of Technology, she interned, and worked, for fashion designers throughout NYC.  She recently interned at Marchesa and currently assists with design and sales at Miguelina INC.. Adria has designed looks for celebrities’ red carpet events as well as major magazine editorials.

See her designs on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

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And check out these amazing Dresses designed by Adria Streeter EXCLUSIVELY for Dresses for Haiti. To find out more about how you can purchase these dresses contact info@dressesforhaiti.org

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Fashion Week in Haiti!!


Fashion Week 2012: A Short Overview

During November 8th-11th, The Republic of Haiti will host its inaugural Fashion Week!  This glamorous event will take place at the five-star Karibe Hotel in Port Au Prince.  Opportunities for tourism and learning about Haitian Outreach are available all day until 6 PM, at which time the designers will show off their stunning new collections.

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Fashion Week will be comprised primarily of Caribbean clothing lines and aspiring native-Haitians in the apparel industry, as well as a few globally-acclaimed style icons.  Many of the designers are also strong advocates for charity and outreach in Haiti.  Haiti Fashion Week is a great opportunity for international and local designers to exhibit their upcoming collections, help expand Haiti’s young, growing apparel industry, and promote awareness about the plight of their country’s 2010 earthquake victims.

Earlier this year, Donna Karan, founder of Urban Zen, partnered with local Haitians in the industry to collaborate on apparel designs, promote their lines, and broaden her outreach network.  Among these was Michel Chataigne, an upcoming Haitian clothing designer.  Chataigne truly expresses Haitian cultural themes in his line through breezy fabrics, intricate artisan detailing, and bold color palettes.  Although Chataigne is well-known internationally through London Fashion Week, he has not heavily marketed his line to the USA.  Fashion Week will be a great chance for Americans to see his unique creations.

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Some of Chataigne’s amazing garments:

Since 1999, Maëlle Figaro David has been both a savvy entrepreneur and apparel designer in Port Au Prince, Haiti.  Her company is prominent in both the Haitian fashion and business industries.  Maëlle styles and produces an extremely wide range of clothing, including schoolgirl uniforms, dance costumes, carnival attire, and even wedding gowns from couture.

With her unique draping techniques, geometrically shaped ruffles, and subtly detailed patterns, Maëlle Figaro David truly makes each of her creations as if it was an individual, custom-made piece of art.  The Maëlle collection is available to both local and international buyers on www.maellecreations.com.

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Some of Maëlle’s beautiful designs:

Additionally, some US designers will participate in Haiti Fashion Week, including Dayanne Danier. Owner of the label “Bien Abye,” which translates to “Well Dressed” in French Creole, Danier creates sleek and modern clothing while mixing vibrant, Amazon-inspired themes in her collection. She describes her target audience as “… a woman who wants to put her best self forward. Her wardrobe is an investment, it’s constantly evolving, she likes to work and enjoy different activities…she’s chic, classic and attractive.” (New York CaribNews)

Dayanne Danier:

Some of Danier’s stunning outfits:

The complete lineup of designers at Haiti Fashion Week is available at http://www.haitifashionweek2012.com/#!designers/c1qvi/.  Many of these the apparel lines debuting at Haiti Fashion week are characterized by contemporary high-fashion juxtaposed with Haitian artistic inspiration.  If you would like to learn more about some of the designers or want ideas on fashion styling, please let us know!

Fashion Week will bring publicity to Haiti on several levels.  Not only will the designers be able to promote their fashion lines internationally, but the Republic of Haiti will have a chance to boost the apparel sector in its national economy.  Just a few years ago, Haitian clothing exports to the U.S. alone totaled around 500 million dollars, and experts predict that this statistic will grow steadily.  The fashion industry can create many new jobs and improve infrastructure overall.  Fashion Week could be the local aspiring designers’ and artists’ big chance to break out into the global apparel industry and expand their boutiques into large companies. (Huffington Post)

For more details on Haiti Fashion Week, email info@haitifashioweek2012.com or call 954-393-9077 (USA).

Do you have any favorite Haitian designers who you would like us to feature in an upcoming article? Leave a comment below, or email ericalin.dressesforhaiti@gmail.com. I would love to hear your feedback!

Until next time,

Erica

Haiti-inspired Fashion for Fall


When you travel to a new place, what do you first notice?  Does the warm, clean, island air lift your spirits?  Do you smell exotic, spicy dishes cooking at the restaurant a few blocks down?  What have you heard about this place and what do you think you’ll see?  How is it different from your hometown?  What aspect of this place intrigues you most?

Personally, I notice the clothing differences whenever I go on foreign vacations.  I am fascinated by their apparel designs and how they tie into their culture.  Today, I have compiled some ideas for Fall Fashion inspired by Haiti’s unique heritage, landscapes, and art.

  1. Big, bright florals.

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    Fernand Pierre: Fleurs avec Pot Bleu

    • Haiti’s beautiful flora and fauna remain in full bloom throughout the autumn months.  Colorful trees and plants line the beaches of Haiti.  The Hibiscus, the national flower, is especially prominent in the tropical Haitian landscape.

  • Get the look: Whether or not you live in a perpetually warm region, you can always sport beautiful, summery flower-prints.  For instance, I carry this floral-print Juicy Couture tote during all four seasons of the year.  I really like how tropical themes and images were painted into an abstract design on the fabric. The textile almost resembles one of my favorite Haitian art pieces, shown above.

 

2.Artistic tribal prints and embellishments

  • I am particularly fascinated by Haiti’s unique blend of African and Western culture in their food preferences, architecture, and artwork.  Many of Haiti’s artists strive to represent their lifestyles and heritage through a wide variety of mediums.  I included two of my favorite paintings below:

Toussaint Auguste’s “Birds in Nests,”                                                 Andre Normil – “Noah’s Ark”

Toussaint Auguste’s “Birds in Nests,”                                             Andre Normil – “Noah’s Ark”

  • Get the look:  I encourage you to incorporate the beautiful, one-of-a-kind Haitian artwork in your everyday clothing.  Seek nature themed and native-printed sweaters, fringed ponchos, and breezy.   Pacsun is a great mainstream destination for artisan-bohemian winter wear.  I also recommend Modcloth.com, and these looks in particular for inspiration:

3. Daring, yet feminine cocktail dresses.

  • Haitian women are true leaders in their modern society.  Over the recent years, they have really taken a stand for themselves in their country and pushed for their rights.  For instance, after the devastating earthquake struck in 2010, a group of mothers took it upon themselves to establish a new school for the children in their village.  Despite the hardships they face, these moms continue to educate many of these same kids today.
  • Get the look:  Just as the women in Haiti have empowered themselves over the years, you can express your boldness through your personal style.  For instance, you can easily dress up a simple, elegant black dress with a bold, sequined shrug.  Look for traditional designs with one or two unique things about it – for example, ruffles in contrasting colors, animal prints with floral embellishments, or glitter and gold on a ballerina-style dress.

4. Black and White Graphics.

  • American designers are becoming increasingly aware of the rough situation in Haiti.  Many are inspired to reach out to the earthquake victims and promote charity in their fashion lines.  For instance, Donna Karan has introduced a Haitian-inspired collection with neutral-colored, tribal-printed textile designs that symbolize Haitian artwork.
  • Get the look:  Seek out loose, comfortable sweaters and shirts with asymmetrical necklines.  For a more business-friendly look, spice up only one piece of your outfit. Don a printed pencil skirt or mix a funky blouse with sleek black slacks and a blazer.

5. Fashion for charity

  • Finally, you know we couldn’t talk about fashion without mentioning fashion that helps Haiti! Last week we told you about an amazing charity called Haitian Creations. Not only do they have amazing bags and jewelry you can purchase but they also promote sustainability with the community and Haitian women.
  • Get the look: Go to http://www.haitiancreations.com/ and support this amazing charity!

If you have any questions or need advice on fashion styling, feel free to email me at ericalin.dresseforhaiti@gmail.com.

Until next time,

Erica

 

Charity Spotlight: Haitian Creations


Last week we highlighted the 5th year of Haitian Creations. Haitian Creations is a program through (non-profit) Heartline Ministries, where Haitian women make purses, earrings, accessories and jewelry while at the same time empowering and creating independence for them. Heartline … Continue reading