Prajje 1983 www.prajje1983.com is a start‐up fashion brand and the brainchild of Haitian‐born New York‐Based designer, Prajje Jean‐Baptiste. Until last year, Prajje had never showcased his work in his native country. In December 2014, he returned to Haiti for the first time since leaving it as a young teen and presented a major fashion exhibition in Petion‐Ville, showcasing Prajje 1983 past and present creations and connecting him with Haitian artisans.
Overwhelmed by the challenges that Haiti faces, but seeing its tremendous economic potential, Prajje decided right then to help to write a more successful Haitian narrative by contributing to the country’s progress and growth. The idea for a new collection was born, inspired by two of Haiti’s most mystical goddesses “Erzulie Freda and Erzulie Dantor.” Prajje is currently in Haiti working with a group of Haitian women artisans from Port Salut exploring embroidery, beading. The ultimate goal is to create a collection fabricated in Haiti and to champion the “Made in Haiti” brand.
His GoFundMe campaign will help jumpstart that initial collaborative effort.
His GoFundMe campaign is the culmination of his wish to collaborate with Haitian artists and creative people to build a business that mutually benefits its participants, drawing on the rich culture that has inspired him since the beginning. http://www.gofundme.com/Prajje‐1983‐Haiti.
After completion of his studies at Mass College of Art and Design in Boston, Prajje moved to New York to pursue his dreams of a luxury fashion industry in his homeland. Prajje has dressed some of the most beautiful and powerful women in America, including Lara Spencer, GMA; CNN Anchor Sunny Huston; and Sudanese model Alek Wek. Another Haitian native son and celebrity, Wyclef Jean, has also worn original Prajje designs.