Yandy Smith wearing Jacques Louis while hosting Essence Festival Event. - New Orleans

Yandy Smith wore a look by  Jacques Louis , styled by  @mrvladpl .

Yandy Smith wore a look by Jacques Louis, styled by @mrvladpl.

This weekend I had the opportunity of working with an amazing woman, entrepreneur and social activist, Yandy Smith on a pieces for Essence Festival. My piece was featured on @EssenceFest ... with @missjulee (love her ๐Ÿ˜ณ) @FashionBombDaily ... @theshaderoom ... @lunionsuite, @yandysmith and (a fave) @iamdinasimon pages. . . As a black sustainable designer it's hard to gain as much exposure as other non black/brown eco-fashion designers. From creating in a small studio, making sure to use all materials and interfacing to make the skirt+top+hat combo, collecting fabric scraps to donate, and deciding not to use my serger all to minimize the impact that these pieces have on the planet, I'm really ๐Ÿฅฐ with the outcome. . . I had stopped sewing while in Grad school (Pratt Alum ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ) to focus on just that. Once I finished I eventually promised myself that I'd use all fashion design, Design Management and Bio/Chem tools that I had to make my brand @jacqueslouisjlc better. It's slowly coming together. Who knew I'd go from a Cell Bio Researcher in undergrad to an Environmentalist + Sustainable Fashion Designer + Design Strategist + Social Activist. TBLD + C = Triple Bottom Line by Design + Culture. The print used for this piece is a traditional (Samakaka) print of the Mumuila Tribe in Angola ๐Ÿ˜‰. . . I'm grateful for all of the reposts and messages. Remember when it's your time, the most high will push you in a way that will make your divine purpose come to life. I'll be smiling for a while. ๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’“ #EssenceFest #essencemagazine #sustainablefashion #ecofashion #Environment #Fairtrade #environmentalist #Reduce #Reuse #Recycle #BlackFashionDesigner #Upcycle #CircularEconomy #Brand #growthmindset #Focus #SelfLove #selfcare #blackgirlsrock #divinefeminine #BlackGirlMagic #Angola #Culture #socialactivism

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