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Ronna Watson Gets Creative with RW Couture Designs

You name it and it seems Ronna Watson of RW Couture Designs either makes it or plans to make it.

She creates jewellery from fabric, wire, rope, leather, feathers, beads and crystals but also learned to use clay and metal.

Ronna Watson, RW Couture Designs
Manager of RW Couture Designs, Ronna Watson.

Ronna tells InMyWardrobe she made her first wedding band a few years ago and recently started making bow ties and jewellery for dogs and jewellery for dog and cat’ lovers and owners.

There’s more.

“I design inspirational words/ sentences for T-shirts and will be featuring a clothing line in the very near future along with sandals designs. I also manufacture wristlets and bags,” she reveals.

RW Couture Designs

 

Told you she did it all!

If you’re wondering about the backstory, you’ve come to the right place.

RW Couture Designs started out as  Simply Divine Creations  and has been in existence since February 2010.

Ronna says she always believed she needed to show the world her creativity. She also saw becoming a jewellery designer as a great opportunity to become a part-time entrepreneur while at home with her daughter.

RW Couture Designs

She underwent basic wire bending training with Angela Went of Angelique Creations and currently, beaded and wire pieces have proven to be the most popular.

Rope accessories are also catching on.

DIVINE INSPIRATION

Ronna says a lot of her inspiration comes from within.

“I usually communicate with the Creator and His guidance is seen in the products. There is a peace that is always evident on completion of the pieces as I am guided by Him. In addition, I love to create unique pieces and that is largely due to my uniqueness,” she says.

RW Couture Designs

Unsurprisingly, Ronna designs for ladies who “embrace their unique style and embrace their unique personality”.

“They are usually quiet and calm but have a necessary fierce personality when required. They are confident in themselves. Most of my clients are mature ladies ranging from 25-55 years old,” she explains.

RW Couture Designs

If you think I’ve told you all that Ronna makes, you’re wrong. She also manufactures unique home decor pieces including burlap and cotton table mats, some of which are reversible.

This very talented lady with the gifted hands plans to have a one-stop store in the near future but in the meantime, you can reach her on Facebook, Instagram and via her website.

You can also email rwcouturedesigns@gmail.com.

 

Iman Estie Makes A Comeback

It can be hard for a brand to make a resurgence but Brandi Estwick is ready to do big things with Iman Estie .

The line was launched back in 2012.  It rocked local runways and Brandi even showed at Concept Studios in Hollywood in March 2013.

Iman Estie
Founder/designer Brandi Estwick.

Unfortunately, she soon parted ways with a business partner and hit a rough patch. This forced her to take a hiatus.

“I had given up, to be honest. I felt like no matter what I tried, after trusting the wrong people, it kept backfiring on my business. Even when I tried to return, there was always a set back in my way, so from 2014 to 2016, I thought about it all. Was it worth it anymore? Do people really like my stuff? Did people ever really see my creativity (since I was following the direction of a manager prior to laying low)? ”

Brandi also had some personal challenges in the form of recurrent miscarriages.

“During such trying times, a lightbulb went off. It taught me to push despite all odds. I took all of my experiences and developed a plan. I started to believe in me like I never did. I wanted to prove that I can get back on my feet and made a vow that at the end of 2016, I would start the social media accounts,  and by 2017 I’d be up and running again and here I am today! “

Iman Estie
Brandi’s first love was actually interior designing although she studied Clothing & Textiles at secondary school.
“I studied Interior at Barbados Community College, graduated and immediately started work in that field.  However, from secondary school I started to design my own clothing because I was so tired of going out and seeing everyone in the same thing. My debut was at a school cruise and I got such an overwhelming response in regards to what I was wearing. Many asked where I got it from and that’s when I initially decided that it would have been a side hobby. I made it a thing to start rocking my own designs whenever I had an event and it worked.”
Iman Estie

What’s in a name?

“Iman Estie is actually a combination of my middle and maiden name, which is Iman & Estwick.  Given that a select few used to call me Estie/Essie for short, I wanted a smart way to incorporate the two without using my first name. When I said it out loud, it had an international ring to it and it stuck.”

Brandi is currently offering chic, ready-to-wear semi-casual apparel.  It is in keeping with her personal style which leans toward minimalism. You’ll find simple pieces that can be dressed up or down.

Iman Estie

The garments in this post which were shown at Bimhaus recently are just a smidgen of what is to come.

“What you saw was the overall feel to my label. Chic minimalistic w/ a hint of street catering to strong, busy, iconic women who love to be fashionably comfortable.”

Iman Estie

Iman Estie’s e-commerce website is in the works but in the meantime, orders can be made via  Instagram or email (shopImanEstie@gmail.com). Just screenshot a picture from the page or describe which piece you’re interested in & and submit that along with your size and colour preference.
*Bags by Something Samarah.
*Photos by Reco Moore.

A Chat With Kaynel Hurdle of Klutch Appeal

It’s obvious we have tons of design talent in Barbados. All you have to do is browse Instagram or Facebook and you’ll see clothing, handbags and jewellery that make it extremely easy to get on board the #buylocal and #supportsmallbusiness movements.

One of those brands is Klutch Appeal, a relatively new brand of handmade bags that I just love to see pop up in my feed.  Owner Kaynel Hurdle gave me some insight into her work and her plans for the future during a recent virtual chat. Listen in!

Kaynel Hurdle, owner of Klutch Appeal.

1. How long has Klutch Appeal been around and what prompted you to start the business?

Klutch Appeal has been around from June 2016, however, I have been doing bags for about 3 years. I started off by doing a cosmetic bag for myself, showed to a friend/coworker and it went from there to doing a batch for almost all the ladies in the office I was working at. From then, I had been urged to make it an official business especially by my roommate and close friend.

2. What inspires you?

I am inspired by determination and discipline, and other creative persons following their dreams wholeheartedly.

Klutch Appeal

3. What types of materials do you most like to work with?

I enjoy working with denim and cotton and acrylic paints for my hand painted designs.

4. Do you generally do multiple bags with the same design or is everything a one-off?

I do a design and share it, from there items are on a made to order basis until printed fabric is no longer in stock or I wish to discontinue the design for painted items. I try to keep painted items as one of a kind however I am able to reproduce some similar designs.

 Klutch Appeal

5. Who is your typical customer?

I cater for the lady who is after something unique and personalized. I also cater to the person who loves handcrafted items with a modern style.

So who is Kaynel?

 

6. Tell me a bit about yourself. Are you trained in art or design?

I am self-trained in sewing and also painting. These are things I have always enjoyed doing from childhood and I do research when I want to enhance my skills. I also work with a friend who is a designer and she assists with painting and offering creative input for some of the more detailed designs I offer.

7. How does your personal style influence your designs?

I like pieces that are multifunctional and stylish and can be worn with multiple outfits as I also like to mix and match. I love color and my personal style is a bit on the bohemian side 🙂

8. Where can we find your products?

I currently offer collection from my home close to Oistins and have a few items available from Dare to Bare in St. George. I usually do not keep items on-hand as they are done on a made to order basis. I may have samples for viewing only, however, these would be items awaiting collection.

9. What else can we expect from Klutch Appeal in the future?

I have made a few connections and looking to work on pairing my items with some other creative persons like myself so look out for some exciting collaborations next year.

Klutch Appeal