One Coco: Quaint by GSC

In all honesty I was hesitant to buy a bag from Quaint by GSC because I felt like I needed something more heavy duty. The more I saw the products of Gabrielle Clarke pop up on my Instagram feed, the more my worries faded. Her products were just too beautiful to ignore, the sewing looked immaculate, and the colours schemes I had seen just made a part of my brain happy. And so I gave in… I purchased a Mini Quaint Afrocentric Backpack.

I had some question about the size and the colours she had to offer; so one lovely Friday afternoon I sent her a DM on Instagram. I initially wanted a bronze backpack but that colour was out of stock. I gave her an A+ for great customer service because I had a million questions, especially when it came to choosing the print and colour, she answered each accordingly. Then I eventually decided what I wanted, I picked the pewter leatherette and an orange and black splatter pattern on a cream backdrop with hints of green. She asked for my contact information and finalized the transaction by emailing me the invoice. I paid a deposit and the process was underway.

Then I waited… Day in day out I checked the Quaint IG story hoping it would be ready earlier than the slated 7 days.  The days passed by quickly, and soon my new obsession was in my arms.

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I give it a 4.75 out of 5 star rating. I have two negatives, the flap for the small section of the bag could be a little bigger, and the lining for the inside of the bag is too large, so it bunches up a bit at the bottom.

Otherwise, I am quite pleased, the sewing is neat, you couldn’t tell this is handmade. The mini is the perfect size for me, it holds my iPad and a ton of things I decide I need to carry everywhere I go (shrugs). I adore the side pouches, it fits my small umbrella and a normal sized plastic drink bottle. I have been wearing the bag everywhere since the night I got it.

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Follow @QuaintbyGSCJa on Instagram and check out her online store to place orders, ShopQuaintbygsc.bigcartel.com, she makes clothes, hats and swimsuits as well.

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Quaint by GSC

To me, Gabrielle Clarke is a Jane of all trades. When I first met her, she was trying her hand at hair braiding, and I must say she did it really well, I was a customer at a point. Now she has started designing clothes and bags, and I must support her new venture as her styles are beautiful.

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Her designs go by the name Quaint by GSC, and with such an interesting name I asked what inspired it?

GSC: I wanted a name that stood out. I didn’t want a typical “Gabby’s Designs” so I said okay, “what kinda clothes will I be making?” then I thought, things that basically stand out, things that are different, kinda boho, rootsy and rare. I looked for words that meant those things and somehow I ended up with “Quaint.” I still wanted to make it personal so I added the “by GSC.” 

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I also asked her why she started designing?

GSC: So, I was encouraged by someone to enter a clothing line into Rex Uber Fashion Show on Noverber 21, 2015. I was scared but then I decided to take the chance. So after making my final decision, I decided that okay, If I’m doing this I’m going to do it big. As such, I started a business. I also decided that my first line would be afrocentric. My plan was to deviate after the first line took off but then I realized how much people loved it and I saw all the possibilities that there was, so I decided to do it all the way and that’s how “Quaint by GSC” was birthed. By the way Quaint by definition is anything strangely attractive or unusually interesting hence my slogan “UNUSUALLY INTERESTING.” 

So there you have it, a new unusually interesting clothing line to shop from, as I said, and as you can see her designs are beautiful. So take a look on her Instagram and Facebook page for more photos, then message her any enquiries.

View more of her designs below. (Click photo to enlarge)

Check out Quaint by GSC on:
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Featured image from the Quaint by GSC Facebook page.
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Momo Penelli Designs

Monique Jones (Momo)

Meet Momo Penelli, this is her story.

Monique Jones is a self taught, 19 year old, Jamaican designer. She’s currently juggling University and her business venture. I met Momo through a friend, at the end of 2014 actually and she seemed cool, as she was into the same things I liked, and when she started Momo Penelli Designs in 2015, I was intrigued and excited. I loved the Afrocentric theme of her designs and I knew I had to support her.

When I decided to make a Shout Out Saturday post about Momo, I contacted her to tell her and I asked one question, “Why did you decide to start Momo Penelli Designs?”

She explained that the clothes she liked in stores were very expensive, so she started watching D.I.Y. (Do-It-Yourself) videos on YouTube, which led to her purchasing her very own sewing machine. Being self taught, she made clothes to her liking, with an Afrocentric style. Her friends and family were amazed that she was self taught, and at the uniqueness of her designs, thus she started getting requests for pieces.

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After much more practice she took her love for African prints and African culture, and turned her new talent into a business. Momo Penelli is different because a lot of people associate African fabrics with long, big dresses and other boring outfits, so she added a modern twist. The colours are fun, vibrant and suitable for wear all year round.

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“I’m a lover of colour, and the mixing of different prints and colours to create a whole outfit comes from my love of nature, plants in particular. I get a lot of colour coordination from multicoloured flowers.”

“It has been a year since I started Momo Penelli Designs and I must say, starting was not easy, and I’m still learning as I go, with hope to grow. I give thanks for reggae music, African people and their culture, Mother Nature, my family and friends, valued customers, and Jah Kings and Queens who motivate I. They all inspire Momo Penelli Designs.” -Monique


 

Another part of my birthday gift was a beach day, I bought a Kimono/Swimsuit cover from Momo Penelli and I love it! Look out for my beach day post!

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Check Momo out: (International Delivery available.)

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Featured image from Momo Penelli’s facebook page.

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