If you are searching for that swimsuit to take you splashing into the summer months, look no further than your laptop. Yanvalou Designs which stands for traditional Haitian rhythm and dance, is that amazing brand of swimwear with a deep sense of history and culture at the heart of each collection designed and produced. For 2016, the brand has launched an online swimwear collection which uniquely features original Haitian art. Proceeds benefit the artists via royalties and help Yanvalou Designs support women’s health & livelihood programs in Haiti.
These swimsuits will have you standing out from the crowd at the beach. They are reversible and showcase the art of famous Haitian artist, Frantz Zephirin. In addition to the swimsuits, the coverups and accessories feature some of the beautiful artwork as well. Also showcasing their artwork on some of the pieces in this collection are emerging artists, Pizaro and Ras Kimy. There are ten brightly colored styles in bikinis and one-piece suits. Zephirin’s name may sound familiar as he has famously been featured on the covers of The New Yorker and Smithsonian Magazine.
Inspired by Haiti’s rich cultural heritage and the indelible spirit of her people, Yanvalou Beach’s bright motifs are drawn from Haitian market scenes, mysticism, and abstract naturalist themes. The key colors in the collection are rich sienna and red tones, deep blues and greens, and classic black & white. Seven unique prints were developed. Prices range from $100 to $200.
Zephirin’s prints reflect Haiti’s deeply mystical culture and include The Yanvalou Gods, Adam & Eve, and Guardian Eye. Pizaro and Ras Kimy’s works channel the vibrancy and bustle of Haitian daily life and Haiti’s strong connection to the land and nature. Pizaro’s prints include Birds of Paradise and Les Marchandes, and the population print is by Ras Kimy.
Yanvalou’s beginnings go far beyond fashion. Yanvalou Designs was founded by Ben Wilson as a market-based approach to development challenges in Haiti. After 20 years in corporate development and finance, Ben came to Haiti to work in earthquake reconstruction. Inspired by the spirit of the Haitian people, the natural beauty of the country, and the depth of its culture, Ben set out to create a unique beachwear collection and a brand that showcases everything this beautiful country has to offer. Yanvalou Designs also invests in Haiti to build local operations and raise the global profile of the Haitian fashion industry.
Each swimsuit holds that vivacious spirit of life waiting to be unleashed in all of us.