1. I understand that Unity is the underlying theme of this fashion show, why is that a powerful message for you to convey through fashion?
These five brands have made a mark for themselves within the H.M.I- (Haitian Music Industry) over the last 5 years, and so people within the community tend to pin us up against each other to show division when in reality we each have our loyal fan base, and we each bring something different to the table when designing certain items as Haiti as our inspiration. So yes it's 5 different brands, 5 different variations but we're all repping for Haiti.
1st: This fashion show is significant for a couple reasons. First- From the symbolic phrase on the Haitian flag L'union Fait La Force we are showing that by coming together as designers that we're a bigger force to be reckoned with; and this is true. We all work well together we have some great ideas of where Runway Pride can and will go and this fashion show on Sunday is the beginning.
2nd: We're showing the community that people within the same industry can work together.
3rd. And the most important message that we're conveying is giving back. Part of the proceeds raised through ticket sales will be giving to a charity of choice from each designer. We feel that this Charity component is the most powerful message of all.
2. Why were these 6 designers chosen for this show?
These Designers were chosen for the show due to length of time they've been working with the Haitian community, and their companies are more than a t-shirt brand. These designers do swimwear, street-wear, outerwear and other accessory pieces such as tote bags etc.
3. What is the ultimate goal of The Pride Meets Unity Fashion Show?
For this first show- The ultimate goal is to show unity among the hottest brands that's been servicing the community while giving back to charities of our choice. But moving forward the ultimate goal is to create a platform for other designers like ourselves the does great cultural clothing; they don't necessarily have to be of Haitian decent.
4. Will this be an annual event?
Yes we plan for this to be an annual event.
5. Will this be a traveling show?
Yes there are talks of us bringing this platform to different cities in the future.
6. Who came up with this concept of a fashion show?
Fritiz Bosquet of Heritage Trends who is also one of the designers for that evening came up with the concept for this show. We all knew each other and met each other at different networking parties, events and concerts over the years. He got everybody together to do this show.
7. Are you only catering to the Haitian audience?
We're not only catering to a Haitian audience. SandiKane---Publicist for Runway Pride has made it her mission to get us on radio interviews outside of the Haitian community for a bigger outreach.
8. What should the audience expect to see at this fashion show?
You're going to see to see a different perspective from each designer on how one can rep their culture. if you want to rock a dope Sak Pase snap back you can, you want to wear a pair of Haitians Rock leggings you can, You want to wear a nice bathing suit with the Haitian flag imprint by Vraie Jolie you can, You want to wear a cool zipper tee with the Haitian flag by The Jacques you can, you want to wear a nice graphic tee of a symbolic image of Haiti from Heritage Trends you can.