Azéde Jean-Pierre is an independent women’s ready-to-wear design label based in New York city. The namesake was founded in February of 2012 & walks the line between fashion and art, femininity and edge. It is dedicated to developing clothing that empowers women by pushing the boundaries of functionality and innovation, perfecting technique and achieving balance in wearability & design. Since it’s inception, the line has been committed to producing meticulously crafted goods that celebrated a naturally-feminine, quirky, modern & sophisticated free-spirit. A focus on strong silhouette, advanced fabric development, & point of view is central to the brands vision. It has since become a red carpet favorite for cool, sophisticated-quirky and influential women like Solange Knowles, Gillian Jacobs and First Lady Michelle Obama.
OUR FOUNDER’S STORY
An alum of Savannah College of Art and Design and a New York City transplant, Azéde Jean-Pierre honed her skills early on apprenticing under Ralph Rucci and at Ohne Titel before pursuing the launch of her own label. Native to Pestel, Haiti and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Jean-Pierre is a refugee, a first generation American and the fourth of eight children. Azéde grew-up in a very large family surrounded by the juxtaposition of beautiful nature and metropolitan life. That duality as well as her diverse cultural background is a constant influence & inspiration for the designer. She pulls from her natural, urban and multicultural upbringing to draft a unique prospective within fashion. Azéde is driven by a passion for the individual identity and reflecting a women’s character in her personal style. She is passionate about reducing poverty and supporting artisans from marginalized groups and is proud to grow a responsible fashion company, believing that slow fashion and sustainable luxury is the future of our industry.
SUSTAINABILITY & PHILANTHROPY
Azéde Jean-Piere has a goal to reduce poverty and promote long term sustainable growth in developing countries similar to Haiti – where she was born and most of her family still lives today. Starting with the SS16 collection, Azéde Jean-Pierre works with artisans in developing countries to develop and manufacture aspects of each collections. For SS16, the production of all embroidered styles will be produced in Haiti.
Giving back: Haiti has the highest rate of human rabies in the Western Hemisphere, but lack of knowledge and awareness about rabies and limited human diagnostic capacity leads to vase under-reporting. It is estimated that 100 people die from rabies in Haiti every year, with dog bites responsible for nearly all human rabies cases. To do something about it, Azéde Jean-Pierre partnered with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., The Veterinary Christian Ministries in conjunction with the CDC and Humane Society International for Spring 2016 to deliver and administer Boehringer Ingelheim rabies vaccines to the dogs in Archaie Haiti.
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