Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale graduate Holchiline Alcy left the medical track for a life in fashion design. It’s a change of direction that the Millennial fashion designer has not lived to regret. The fashion designer creates custom outfits for her mostly twenty-something clientele. A woman who’s sporting a Holchiline Alcy dress is hip, young, and loves contemporary looks with a vintage flair.
Kreyolicious: What’s the best thing about being a fashion entrepreneur?
Holchiline Alcy: The best thing about being a fashion entrepreneur is that I have an exciting project to work on at all time. Despite all the sleepless nights I have when trying to meet my deadlines and all the drama that goes behind the scene before a fashion show, I could never get bored. After a successful show I feel like I want more! And more no matter how much headaches comes with it. Hey more!
Kreyolicious: If you were starting out now, would your methods and strategies be different?
Holchiline Alcy: Uhmmm I feel like I want to say yes because if I knew that I was going to be a designer, I sure would not have wasted a year in medical school. But then again, I feel like I am exactly where I’m supposed to be right now. I feel like there are some things that God wants me to learn from the path that I am in right now. So, no, I wouldn’t change anything. Let it be!
Kreyolicious: Where do you get the inspiration for your designs?
Holchiline Alcy: I am a very romantic designer. I get my inspiration mostly from my childhood memories, nature and historical era’s. For example some of the designs for the Black Wine collection are elements you will find in a little girl’s school uniform in Haiti. I use the color black a lot, I use lots of pleats (pli kano) cutouts, and more pleats. [Laughter]
Kreyolicious: What 5 books have you read that have changed your life? What did you learn from each?
Holchiline Alcy: Well first and for most I would say the Bible has a huge influence in my life, had no one introduced it to me I don’t think I would have been who I am today, that little girl from Haiti with a big dream! Second is Rich Dad Poor Dad, then Rich Dad, Poor Dad Part II, then Instincts by T.D. Jake’s and my fashion Pattern Making book. That’s my baby.
Kreyolicious: You travel to Haiti often?
Holchiline Alcy: Not as often as I would love to, but I’ve went back three times so far…mostly during summer time.
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