PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Yanvalou Designs has announced its 2016 collection of reversible swimwear, cover-ups, and accessories showcasing original Haitian art licensed from Haitian master Frantz Zephirin and emerging artists Pizaro and Ras Kimy.
Zephirin is one of Haiti’s most internationally renowned contemporary artists and his works have been featured on the covers of The New Yorker and Smithsonian Magazine.
Proceeds benefit the artists via royalties and help Yanvalou Designs support women’s health and livelihood programs in Haiti.
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 and white.
The collection has 10 styles including reversible bikinis and one-pieces, cover-ups, pareos, and scarves. Seven unique prints were developed and all swimwear is reversible print and solid.
Zephirin’s prints reflect Haiti’s deeply mystical culture and include The Yanvalou Gods, Adam and 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 a Population print is by Ras Kimy.