Faustin’s tragedy began with the passing of his mother back in his home country of St.Lucia. Months later temporary paralysis followed, putting an end to Faustin’s dance career.
“I used my tragedy as inspiration. Oh, it was beautiful. I loved dwelling in that,” the Toronto fashion designer told CBC News.
A decade later, Faustin merged his two passions: art and dance to create his all new award-winning collection “Labou” – released 10-21-2020. The collection premiered at Fashion Art Toronto and is referred to as “Faustin’s “visual diary” which is representative of his childhood.
Labou is known to be the French-Creole word for mud, said Faustin, “To me, mud is a place to create a space without judgment”.
Faustin credits his new collection to the pandemic as it helped the self-taught designer to come to terms with his losses through an enforced break – this gave the designer time for reflection and helped him to realize what is important to him.
“I was spiraling. I felt like I was just running for five years. It was just a collection after collection, show after show,” he told CBC News.
Kyle Gervacy – Brand Highlight
Kyle Gervacy – Faustin’s brand, represents the self-taught designers’ sentiments of inspiration from African and Asian influence to design with an Afro-Asian aesthetic.
The brand name is a representation of Faustin’s fierce alter-ego and also a tribute to his mother who suggested his first child’s name be “Gervacy”. The brand as a whole represents the “birthing” of Faustin’s first creation.
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By: Kylie Lenartowicz