Jamaica is full of great fashion talent and one such talented one is my friend Bianca Bartley, designer and jewelry-maker for the house, Peace-is Of Bianca. We party and socialize all the time, but as a firm believer in the strength of her talent, I decided to interview her professionally in an effort to introduce you to this great and wonderful woman.
4. Describe the aesthetic of Peace-is Of Bianca.
7. Who do you design for, who is the ideal Peace-is Of Bianca client?
My big debut for Peace-is of Bianca was in Skywritings magazine’s July-August issue. Dexter Pottinger, who is also a forward thinking designer and stylist, mused them for the shoot. It has made my ‘vintage whimsical’ neck-peace turn heads even more! Ali Lue, who is an awesome designer invited me to do the June ‘Island Couture’ show where I accessorized her line, after which I was invited by the Festival Commission to do the accessories for the launch of Jamaica Festival 2009 at the Jamaica Pegasus. I had the opportunity of doing an amazing shoot for the summer (July) issue of BUZZZ Caribbean’s swimsuit spread featuring Kris Kelli and the gorgeous, upcoming model Toni Hibbert. Page Two in the Jamaican Observer has also caught many of my Peace-is on some of my favourite clients and promoters. After taking Sumfest by storm, Peace-is of Bianca was asked to be interviewed and was featured in the Gleaner’s FLAIR Monday August 3, 2009 and as a result of that has been invited to appear on the popular local morning show- Television Jamaica’s Smile Jamaica on the 11th of August 2009.
9. What are the plans for the Peace-is Of Bianca line for the next 5 years and are there any plans to have a boutique where anyone can view and access your pieces? or do you plan to keep it super-exclusive?
I never plan- i'm going to do it all! No limits. Clients will soon be able to view some of my popular peace-is at a location to be disclosed. However, I like to have a hand in assisting them with choosing a peace that suits them personally, not just one they like- one that is in perfect synergy with who they ARE so I will for the most part keep it exclusively by appointment and consultations. Since I am the sole designer and producer of these peace-is for the time being and I am not a machine, I’m keeping it exclusive for now…. Especially in terms of design replica. *smile*
I’m not really a big follower of the fashion scene, but what I do see from time to time does impress me to an extent- Ali Lue- is out of this world! H.O.D by O. B. Williams is gonna do very well, Dexter Pottinger has some awesome things as well and I love the simple classic lines of a Heather Laine line- I really love a simple base which is why I think I’m drawn to her clothes. I’m sure there are others, but I know the looks- not the names. The industry here is underrated but I think that people are taking note of our local and regional talent which is on par with those internationally in my opinion and sometimes far surpasses other established talents. Jamaican people however, I find are a bit afraid to do the extraordinary because we’re influenced by what we see on TV everyday and think that that’s where it should stay. Fashion is life and people need not be afraid of how other people see the- life is too short not to live it the way you like.