November 5th, 2016, Bien Abyé fashion designer, Dayanne Danier, host “Les Jardins De La Mode” pop-up shop featuring her latest collection of fashion accessories alongside a collection of home goods from Artisan Business Network, and a new series of artwork from architect, Eddy Albertini at 33 Lafayette in Fort Greene Brooklyn.
The soiree opened with a panel discussion moderated by Regine Roumain of Haiti Cultural Exchange. Guests learned about the work of local Haitian artisans as Gladys Pean of Artisan Business Network shared stories and became emotional discussing the challenges they face specially with the aftermath of hurricane Matthew. Danier revealed her experience of working with artisans and the inspiration behind Bien Abyé’s new accessory collection. She shared her aspiration to grow production for this new fashion vignette to Haiti to empower local artisans.
“I’ve always been an advocate of education and training in Haiti. And when I first looked into having Bien Abyé made in Haiti I heard about so many potential road blocks. It wasn’t until I collaborated with Artisan Business Network and trained a group of women artisans, did I see that the possibilities are there, one just has to be committed” said Danier.
Following the panel discussion, the audience sipped on cocktails and indulged in shopping merchandise that included an array of items from fashion accessories to home décor while listening to great rhythms of troubadour jazz. The ambiance of the event was a chic and intimate look into what a Bien Abyé retail store would be like. With the outpour of positive feedback, Danier plans to host more pop-up shops in the future and is looking to take this unique shopping experience to many other cities in the US.