If you like your clothing breezy and easy to wear, J.Riviera is the brand for you. Designer Jerrianne Alleyne launched the Pineapple Beach Collection recently and the pieces were all perfect for island weather. Here are ten things to know about her and the brand.
1. How did J.Riviera get started and what’s behind the name?
I started working on J.Riviera over a year ago, at first only taking custom orders. J is the first initial in my name, and Riviera set the tone for everything I wanted my brand to represent, as there is a very coastal feel to my style.
2. What are some of the products you offer?
Our Pineapple Beach Collection(which was resort wear)varied from simple linen tops, and wrap skirts, to beautifully beaded maxi dresses. Unfortunately some of the items are sold out, but we have an amazing project launching just in time for Valentine’s day so keep your eyes out for our Instagram page.
3. Who is the J. Riviera woman?
Our brand caters to women who value comfort, want to feel beautiful, and chic, but aren’t afraid to show a little skin 😉
4. Which types of fabrics do you like to work with the most?
5. Where do you find your inspiration?
6. Are there any designers you look up to?
Christian Siriano. He has an amazing work ethic, gorgeous style, and he’s achieved so much at such a young age.
7. What do you enjoy most about fashion design?
8. How does your personal style influence your designs?
9. Where do you see J.Riviera in another five years?
10. How can we get our hands on some J. Riviera goodies?
Also in the 10 Questions series: Cherise Harris of Wilhelmina Heart.
From around the age of six Alanna Grant knew she wanted to be a fashion designer. At the age of eight, she took designs to her seamstress and was disappointed when the finished product didn’t accurately reflect her vision. Now at the age of 19 she is the creative director of Anna Rose Designs.
It’s clear Alanna knew what she wanted from a very young age.
“One year I went to Kids World Expo and bought a toy sewing machine. My Barbies were my first customers and they always had new outfits. From work wear to school uniforms,” she recalls. Today Alanna holds a diploma in Garment Technology from the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic and has plans to pursue a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Business and Fashion Marketing.
The Launch of Anna Rose
Anna Rose Designs was officially launched this year. The Prelude collection was unveiled to the public at the Pompasette Brunch Party. “I knew I wanted to start this year and I just bought the fabric and had it sitting there for about two months. I even had all the designs there waiting, I’m not sure for what. I saw a poster for the event one day and I just messaged Toni [Thorne] who was the host and signed up. That was two weeks before the event. It was a mad rush to make the garments to ensure I had something on the runway but thanks to the help of all my family and friends I got through,” Alanna says.
The young designer who loves working with cotton and linen describes her aesthetic as urban/resort. “I’m greatly influenced by the fashion of big cities like New York and London but then as the island girl that I am, I add just a touch of Caribbean flair. The woman I cater to is youthful and chic and she believes in the perfect marriage between comfort and style,” she explains. Of course, that love for natural fabrics is due in no small part to the sometimes almost unbearable heat of Barbados. “I’ve lived in Barbados all my life and I know what it is to be hot! I like clothing that allows me to breathe.” (Can’t argue there!)
The sources of inspiration for Anna Rose Designs are many, ranging from visual art, music, and nature to people and history. However, Alanna holds a special place for fabric. “Just put a good piece of fabric in my hand and I’ll transform it into wearable art,” she says.
The teenager’s personal style also influences her work. “I love high fashion garments but I’m also a T-shirt and jeans kinda gal. I’m also not the person who goes looking to wear something everyone else is wearing. My designs are a reflection of that and you see a piece of me in every one of my designs,” she says.
As for her future plans, Alanna wants to do a menswear line as soon as she is trained in the proper techniques.