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In an effort to make life easier for the masqueraders who are playing in her
Cheyenne section in Tribe, designer Anya Ayoung Chee has launched an online
store with shoes and accessories to complement their costume.
The Canyaval shop sells everything from accessories such as a Cheyenne iPhone
5 case, which is sold out, boots, earrings and Monday wear monokinis.
The items on sale were curated by Anya and designed with the fashion-con-
scious masquerader in mind.
Anya's clothing line, a collaboration with Meiling and Monday wear by LIILAH
(Lisa Marie Henry) will be launched on the site within the next couple weeks.
What began as a desire to start his own
business has led to a career that Rhian
Ramkissoon never dreamed of.
On Sunday, Ramkissoon will unveil his
first ever collection entitled Callaloo, a
hodge podge of looks ranging from
swimwear to evening wear.
"Callaloo is a mix up of everything. The
collection is just like that, it's not a resort
collection, not a spring, summer or fall col-
lection, it will take you from beach wear to
evening wear," he explained.
The designs will be presented under the
label Honamic Designs, a name Ramkissoon
and a friend came up with when they were
thinking of going into business together.
"Honamic is a combination of honorable
and dynamic. My friend Simon Ramphalie
who lives in Canada and I were having a dis-
cussion on email trying to figure out what
business venture to get into. We wanted
something to transcend both Canada and
He said they both came up with Honamic
and then they tried to find a business we
were passionate about.
"We ended up talking about clothing and
male clothing in particular and how difficult
it is to get one of a kind clothing for men so
decided to go into a clothing company."
Five years ago Ramkissoon decided to
put the plan into action but his friend had
other things going on, so he flew solo. Ini-
tially he started importing clothing for men
and women which he sold from a boutique
at his home.
He ran the store part time as he had a full
time job and soon expanded its offerings
with accessories and shoes. Ramkissoon's
specialised in one of a kind items and peo-
ple started approaching him to create cus-
"I was always into fashion but just as an
individual," he said when asked about his
background in fashion.
"I take pride in how I look and I don't like
to see anyone in my clothing. I did art in
school but I am not trained in fashion," he
Nevertheless, Ramkissoon knew what he
liked and used his instincts when sitting
with a client, to develop the right look for
His biggest job to date has been uniforms
he designed for a corporate group that at-
tended an inter-regional games.
He said he learned a lot from that experi-
ence and it helped him to realise he has
what it takes to go fully into fashion.
"I said look it's about time I take the busi-
ness where I originally wanted it to be, a
company producing its own original cloth-
To keep his clothing unique, Ramkissoon
buys his fabrics abroad.
"The premise you are coming to me on is
that when I make something for you, you
and you alone will have it," he said.
Ramkissoon has worked steadily on his
collection for the last two to three months
and describes his upcoming show as nerve
wracking. It's especially so since in addition
to the launch, he is having an actual event
including an after party.
There is a philanthropic aim to his launch
as well as funds from the event will go to
the St. Dominic's Children's Home, also
known as The Belmont Orphanage, and The
Adult Literacy Tutors Association of
Trinidad and Tobago (ALTA).
CALLALOO will take place on Sunday
November 10 at The Showroom at Toyota
Trinidad and Tobago Limited at 130 Seventh
Street, Barataria from 5 pm to 11pm.
For more information, please contact Honamic Designs
at 620-4030 or email us at email@example.com.
"Callaloo is a
mix up of
collection is just
like that, it's
not a resort
collection, not a
collection, it will
take you from
beach wear to
A male designer from Honamic Designs
One of the
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