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Haitian designer Hassan Pierre in Vogue!

Photo credit: Seth Browarnik/RED EYE PRODUCTIONS

We love to see island folk doing big things so we were very happy to read about Haitian-American designer Hassan Pierre…  in the May issue of US Vogue, no less! 

 While folks may not always associate Haiti with haute couture, Pierre, who is a 22 year old grad of Parson’s School of Design, has fashion in his blood, as he told Boca News back in 07:

“My mother used to take me to the Paris shows from Haiti. She is what I like to call, a fashion junkie.”

And it’s worked for him -another of his lines, VIP Couture, was beloved by it girls such as Nicole Richie and the Olsen Twins and now his organic line, Way It Should Be* is getting shine.

 WISB* was featured in Vogue’s Syle Ethics section, with actress Kerry Washington modelling a cool, crisp black and white WISB* dress with a tiered skirt. 

The name of the line aptly sums up its fashion ethos – that clothing should be from sustainable and organic sources. Hence why they use organic materials, non-synthetic dyes, recycled zippers and seeded paper for the hang tags (you can actually plant them and they will bloom). 

Also, the line itself is produced in Port-au-Prince and Pierre has promised it will continue to be, as the city recovers from the catastrophic January 12 earthquake. He told Vogue:

“It really has to be the entire process, beyond it just being organic. And that’s more important now than ever.”


By Me

island ~ ista
From Latin -ista via Portuguese -ista
one who follows a principle; an adept.

As an islandista I live, embody, exude the spirit of the Caribbean islands.

5 replies on “Haitian designer Hassan Pierre in Vogue!”

I would LOVE to find the dress in this months’ Vogue..
it’s white with black at the sleeve and on the skirt.
Off the shoulder.
Is there some place I can find it?

Wow, this dude is awesome for giving back to his homeland by way of enterprise and not just by way of charity. Respect.
God bless him.

the dress is amazing, I actually just ordered another dress from the collection to wear to an event this week. Beautiful fabric, beautiful designs .

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