Fashion Fridays: Get to Know Designer Ayana Rivière

December 27, 2013

Words by Tami Tsansai::Photos by Storm Saulter::Model: Ayana Rivière—


It’s no secret that the Caribbean is home to scores of talented fashion designers, but how many can boast of serendipity and preparedness aligning seamlessly, landing their work smack in the pages of Rolling Stone magazine? Not many, we attest, but luckily for event coordinator Ayana Rivière it was all about right place, right time, and right style. The 29-year-old Trinidadian has always nurtured her passion for clothing, and since her mother’s best friend was a garment maker, she’s been designing her own ‘wild outfits’ from a very tender age.

After studying Criminal Justice at Coppin State University in Baltimore, USA, (so not glamorous, we know), a yearning for adventure brought her to Kingston, Jamaica, where she now resides. We just love the look of her clothes – the individuality, strong Afro-Caribbean influence and sophisticated feel – so we had to get a bit more acquainted with this style starlet in the making. Click here to read our interview, and scroll through Storm Saulter’s photos of Ayana.