Haitian-African Inspired Accessory Line “Ginen Creations by Sophie”
One of my favorite things about blogging is being able to introduce new talent to my readers. There’s always a new, fresh and creative Haitian American on the rise and as a lover of everything fashion, I try to keep my eyes and ears open for new designers to feature and introduce to my fellow fashionistas. With only one year under her belt, Haitian accessory designer Sophie Patel is already a very well know designer in South Florida.
Over the past two weekend, if you attended Miami’s Taste of Haiti culinary event or any of the local events during Haitian flag weekend, you were bound to find a Ginen by Sophie booth or people wearing her accessories throughout the city.
So who is this new designer and why are her dazzling pieces so popular?
Can you introduce yourself to the readers and tell them what you do?
My name is Sophie Patel; I was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti and currently reside in sunny South Florida. I’m currently a grad student at Florida International University and outside of working on my line; I am a behavior specialist who works with troubled teens,
Tell us about your company, what was your motivation to get this off the ground?
The name of my company is “Ginen Creations by Sophie” which was created while I was brainstorming for a name with a friend. Ginen evolved from my love for the African and Haitian culture. Ginen is actually a name some Haitians would use meaning our roots are from Africa, Guinea, “L’Afrik Ginen”. My motivation to actually get my line off the ground came from all the compliments I received when I wore something I made for myself. After hearing enough compliments about the line I decided to turn my talent into a business.
How do you come up with the idea for your pieces?
This one is kind of weird lol, mostly at nights I would lay down to sleep and all these ideas would pop in my head, which is one of the reasons I don’t get enough sleep at night. I also get inspired by the things I see on a daily basis.
What inspires you the most?
African fashions is what I’m inspired me the most, I’m so in love with it. I use it and add a little Island flavor which is where Haiti comes in. A lot of my clothing pieces are very comfortable to wear at the beach relaxing in Haiti.
How has your work developed since you first started?
It’s actually kind of crazy, I started last year around my birthday and all the love I’m getting is just incredible. Really didn’t expect it to happen so fast but I’m
up for the challenge.
Do you undertake all of the work yourself?
When it comes to making the jewelry and clothing that’s all me, but I do have a support system. My fiance advises me, my very good friend Diana Pierre Louis have been helping me with a lot. My business partner Edwidge Almazor who resides in Haiti is also very helpful; he is the man behind my very successful photo shoot shot in Jacmel Haiti recently which also included photographer Mc Alexander S Ciceron and two very beautiful and talented models Viech Dona and Douge Gabrielle who also resides in Jacmel.
What is a talent or skill most people would be surprised to learn you possess?
I’m not sure if people would be surprise lol but I’m a very good singer. I used to actually sing in front of big crowds as a kid back home. And I also did ballet from the age of 3 up until I was 22.
What has been the respond of the Haitian American community?
They have been great, they are still getting to know me and I have long way to go but I’m crazy about the love I’m getting.
How did your education and experiences in school and beyond lead you to the role in which you are working today?
I actually went to design school and dropped out, I already knew how to sew and do many other things so I decided to go a whole different direction with my education.
What advice do you have for aspiring fashion designers?
My advice would be don’t give up, if it’s what you want go for it. Watching people wearing your designs is very good feeling. It’s a lot of work but it’s worth it.
Do you have any grand plans for your brand in the future?
The plan is to take Ginen Creations by Sophie international. I have big plans.
Any future ideas and exclusives you can share with the readers?
Yes I have a lot but I rather surprise everybody, working on a lot right now.
Where can readers find out more about you and your work?
Currently working on my website but in the meantime you can shop Here