New Designer: Stella Jean

A new designer we are excited about stocking this season is Stella Jean. Reading about the brand and how she works has been fascinating so we wanted to share more about the fashion designer and her brand ethos.  

Stella Jean is an Italian fashion designer who lives and works in Rome. Her work often merges classical Italian tailoring with African and Caribbean themes and imagery from Haiti, in a cultural fusion of her own identity.

Stella Jean's designs reflect her Creole heritage as she often works with Haitian and African artisans, incorporating their work into her fashions. Through her use of native craftspeople, she seeks to support struggling countries and communities to preserve their ancestral arts and traditions. She works to generate commercial enterprise and self-sustaining local communities, focusing on women’s empowerment. She began her partnership with Ethical Fashion Initiative in 2013 when she extended her reach into a wider range of ethical produced items like bespoke Bogolan (mud-cloth) from Mali and Jewelry from Haiti. 

Stella Jean SS17 - above photo's take from www.pittimmagine.com

Stella Jean SS17 - above photo's take from www.pittimmagine.com

She is a self-taught Italian-Haitian designer with a desire to make ethically sound clothes by helping the less advantaged women in the world. By doing so, she will be able to create bold and colourful clothing inside and out. Her designs have been worn by celebrities like Rihanna and Beyoncé. 

The video above shows Stella Jean in West Africa discovering the cotton fabric hand-woven by women artisans. Sourcing some of her fabric in Burkina Faso provides women with employment to change their lives and their communities for the better.

We hope you love the new Stella Jean Spring Summer collection as much as we do! Click the items below to go directly to the product page, or shop the full collection by clicking >here<

Love, Cloudo Kids x