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TRUE COLORS: Embassies are all about helping the homeland, but the Embassy of Haiti went above and beyond presenting the Bien Abyé “Les Jardins...

TRUE COLORS: Embassies are all about helping the homeland, but the Embassy of Haiti went above and beyond presenting the Bien Abyé “Les Jardins de la Mode” pop-up shop.

More than 400 people turned up for the event, the finale to D.C.’s first “Haiti Week,” hosted by Ambassador Paul Altidor, and it featured an assortment of products from Haitian-American entrepreneurs. All of the apparel, accessories, home goods and gourmet products that were featured are sourced or inspired by Haiti. Bien Abyé’s founder and designer Dayanne Danier orchestrated the event

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IBU MOVEMENT

Our 98 year old Ibu Ambassador, Iris Apfel, sits next to me at our trunk show in Palm Beach and admires my clutch.  An Ibu clutch, of course,...

Our 98 year old Ibu Ambassador, Iris Apfel, sits next to me at our trunk show in Palm Beach and admires my clutch.  An Ibu clutch, of course, embellished with a face.  We ought to do a clutch with your face on it, I say casually.  I think that's a great idea, she agrees, and calls me a few months later wondering what has happened with the clutch idea?

What has happened is that I've been invited to a luncheon by a woman I do not know, (because, why not?) and seated next to another woman I do not know, (it was all arranged, I learn later) and quickly dive deep into conversation.  Dayanne Danier has flown from New York to Charleston for this occasion, and is seated next to me because she is a fashion designer working in Haiti and who would like to meet her more than me?  

She reaches for her beaded bag and I am caught staring. Now I am the one admiring her clutch glowing in a lovely chartreuse design. The women I work with in Haiti bead this, she tells me.  All of this.  By hand.  

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HAITIAN TIMES

Established in 2009, Bien Abyé is a chic fashion brand with Krèyol touches that is inspired by the people, color and vibrancy of Haiti.  It is...

Established in 2009, Bien Abyé is a chic fashion brand with Krèyol touches that is inspired by the people, color and vibrancy of Haiti.  It is therefore not surprising that its creator, Dayanne Danier has chosen to work with women artisans and create some of collections out of the country.  She has been and continues to be dedicated to uplifting and inspiring women, so that they too can follow their creative passions.  Danier discusses with the Haitian Times a bit about what’s inspired her career path, recent events and the fashion industry and Coronavirus. 

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