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.”