From Haiti to Hanoi to Manhattan designer Jovana Benoit, debuted her Jovana Louis collection on Saturday, September 7 during New York Fashion Week at the Stewart Hotel by the acclaimed Fashion Gallery. She truly is a citizen of the world as she combines her Caribbean heritage with the vibrant aesthetic of Vietnam, where she designs and also creates many of her original prints.
Jovana is internationally known by both supermodels and celebrities including model Coco Rocha and actress Melanie Griffith. Her designs have graced the covers of numerous international publications including on Adriana Lima on the cover of Numero Magazine as well as on the current cover of Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam.
Jovana credits her love of design and tailoring to her grandmother in Haiti who taught her the craft at a young age. She then later on moved to Paris where she studied fashion design formally. But it wasn’t until she moved to Hanoi where she began to create clothes out of necessity as she was unable to find any clothes that fit her as she is 5 ft 10 inches tall and most of the clothes were made for much smaller sized people
The Jovana Louis Spring/Summer 2020 collection included solids and signature prints in suits, jackets, mini- and full-length dresses. Her inspiration for the new collection was inspired by the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and the transition period of the late 70s into the 80s.