The list is not in a particular priority, but divided into the following categories: Ready to Wear, Tees & Cultural Merchandise, Accessories, Literature, Beauty and other (art & stationery). All brands are of Caribbean heritage with availability to ship internationally.
READY TO WEAR
Fabrice Tardieu has been involved in the fashion industry for over a decade. Beginning his career at Giorgio Armani in France, Tardieu rose through the ranks to hold the title of Head of Sales and Distribution for France and the French Caribbean. With countless years of international travel and work experience alongside the fashion industries top names and influencers, Fabrice learned the ins and outs of the business, design and management, driving him to move beyond sales and into creating a fashion brand that would reinvent the menswear market.
Currently available at select Neiman Marcus locations across the U.S., the collection is inspired by the multi-cultural energy of Miami as well as New York City, Paris and London street-cultures. The brand fuses times, places and essences, relentlessly cutting, threading and intermixing materials that Fabrice brings to his workshop in Italy, where his visions are fashioned with European craftsmanship.
Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabrice attended school in the U.S. as well as in Paris, France where he studied international business management. Fabrice currently resides in Miami, Florida.
Ann Ruth Henriques
Ann Ruth Henriques is a u.s.-based jeweler, visual artist, and writer who moves adeptly between each genre. Jamaican born and raised, anna has resided in France, Spain, England and japan, each culture contributing to the universality and richness of her work. she completed her b.a. at williams college, and m.f.a. at the University of California, san diego. her new jewelry collection focuses on unusual yet highly wearable gemstone combinations as well as finely sculpted organic forms.
Fanm Djanm, which means “strong woman” in Haitian Kreyol, was founded in 2014 as a collection of eight headwraps, which lifestyle blogger and influencer Paola Mathé originally sold directly from her apartment on the weekends. Today, Fanm Djanm has transformed into a headwrap collection and lifestyle brand that serves to both empower and inspire women to live boldly. Fanm Djanm encourages women to wear a bold print, take command of a room, laugh a little too loudly, and pursue their greatest goals.
Til The Well Runs Dry by Lauren Francis-Sharma
Lauren Francis-Sharma, daughter of Trinidadian-born parents, was raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan Law School and practiced as a corporate lawyer before writing “‘Til the Well Runs Dry”, her first novel.
Set in Trinidad, in 1943, the main character Marcia Garcia, a splendidly talented, 16-year-old seamstress, is struggling to feed young twin boys left in her charge. She has a galvanizing effect on a young, confident Indian policeman, Farouk Karam. Their love should have been joyous, and they should have been able to raise their four children in harmony. Instead, their relationship is poisoned by racism, poverty, gossip, and corruption.
Francis-Sharma’s consummate portrayal of her stubborn, conflicted characters subtly illuminates the rigidity and treachery of Trinidadian society. Francis-Sharma’s spellbinding, intimately detailed, psychologically lush, and suspenseful tale of racial and sexual trauma, hard work, love, and family devotion makes personal the injustice people endured in the years leading up to the civil rights movement in both multicultural Trinidad and segregated America.
A Life Balanced
Specializing beauty products made naturally, body butters, lip moisturizers, liquid black soap and more. A Life Balanced seeks to balance health and well-being using holistic approaches. A life Balanced will give you the knowledge and support you need to achieve your nutrition and health goals.
Born and raised in the US Virgin Islands among swaying palm trees, beautiful flowers, and the aromas of exotic fruits, creator – Yoki Hanley grew up in a family tradition of natural remedies and knowledge of local plants and fruits and how their importance to our lives. Yoki made her first soap with skin-loving oils like coconut, mango butter, lemongrass and lavender. After bathing her daughter with this soap for the first time, the change was dramatic – a tear free nightly bath and, for the first time since birth, a peaceful night’s sleep for mother and daughter. Yoki immediately knew she needed to share her knowledge with others and, over time, Itiba, as a collection of natural products, was born.