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Azede Jean-Pierre

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Azede Jean-Pierre is the founder and creative director of her own fashion line, based in New York City.

Jean-Pierre is a native to Petsel, Haiti, and she was raised in Atlanta after coming to America as a refugee. She grew up in a large family surrounded by the juxtaposition of beautiful nature and metropolitan life. That’s where she draws inspiration from in her fashion, which led her to study at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Early on in her career, before starting her own line, Jean-Pierre apprenticed under Ralph Rucci and Ohne Titel. From Ohne Titel, she learned the art of “cool,” and how to incorporate that into her own styles.

In February 2012, Jean-Pierre made the leap to owning and starting her own fashion line. The brand walks the line between fashion and art, femininity and edge and celebrates a naturally-feminine, quirky, modern and sophisticated free spirit. Fundamentally, the line is about cut, color and proportion.

Jean-Pierre says she is driven by a passion for the individual identity and reflecting a women’s character in her personal style. For her fall 2013 collection, she designed it based on the interlocking forms and segments found in the shells and wings of beetles, along with custom prints and knitwear that utilize a line screen animation. In spring 2014, she was inspired by the idea of playing God and becoming Mother Nature, resulting in a sleek-yet-playful collection of modern prints with colorful bugs and sea animals.

A-list celebrities such as Solange Knowles and Michelle Obama have worn items from Jean-Pierre’s line. In 2016, the designer was listed on the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Art & Style.

Sources: AzedeJean-Piere.com, Forbes, Elle magazine

Companies and Investments

Azede Jean-Pierre LLC (founder, creative director)

Lessons Learned

I don't restrict myself. I am evolving, and our woman is always evolving. She might not wear a leather bustier this or next season but that’s not to say she wouldn't embrace the idea in the future.


Inspiring Quotes

You have to have a lot of passion for what you’re doing, and it’s totally true. The reason is because it’s so hard that if you don’t any rational person would give up. And you have to do it over a sustained period of time. So if you don’t love it, if you don’t really love it, you’re gonna give up, and that’s what happens to most people actually.

Steve Jobs

Azede Jean-Pierre's Quotes

I think its interesting to be able to live in what you create. Your customer has such a strong and personal connection with you and your work since they can own it, wear it and live in it.

Azede Jean-Pierre

Influential Books

Walter Isaacson - Steve Jobs

Mentors

Shirley Franklin, Michelle Obama

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