Photographer | David H. Hepburn
Im a Brooklyn-born, Miami-raised Haitian American woman with a knack for creativity and a deeply rooted passion for working with my hands. My journey into fashion and design began in the early 20s after I was gifted my very first sewing machine –a practical present that unbeknownst to me, would be the birth and development of a natural, creative talent I had not yet realized existed within. My natural curiosity and passion for design led me to the careful examination of pieces of clothing in order to better understand different construction patterns and eventually recreate and utilize them in the making of new, unique pieces.
I am a self taught designer. My presence in the fashion world, albeit recent, has left a definitive footprint in every project I have partaken; including, but not limited to, my post high school internship with designer Malcolm Harris in New York City as an assistant, and my freelance wardrobe styling/seamstress works for the wardrobe stylist Calyann Barnett.
After relocating back to Miami, Florida in 2009, I began working on my biggest project to date: the creation of my very own, original clothing collection focusing on unique one off pieces. A process that could not have been possible without trial and error and experimentation with a plethora of design methods.
Go ahead, take a look around, and let yourself fall in love with the creative process that is the essence of LABOU.