One Coco: Quaint By GSC

Today I have another addition to the Coco Basket, it is a white Royal Dawta Crossbody Bag from Quaint by GSC. I’m not going around this, I love this brand, you’re gonna keep seeing it on my site. Quaint by GSC is an Afrocentric brand; the goods include bags, clothes, swimsuits, and hats, with a touch of African print. Gabrielle Clarke keeps coming up with beautiful innovative designs, and they just take up a little space in my heart. When she had just released the crossbody bags, I knew I had to have one. For this Coco, I asked my mom for it as a birthday gift, and my wish was granted.

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It wasn’t a surprise because I wanted to choose the design but when I got it on my birthday I was elated. I was getting ready to head out to my birthday dinner when mom came home and delivered it to me. I have moods, and when I picked my colour scheme I was feeling white, and what better to go with white than gold? I must admit, white is one of my favourite colours, especially for accent pieces. To me, it gives an air of fanciness; from time to time I’ll polish my fingernails and toenails white, it makes me feel “boujee”.

The bag was bigger than I thought it was gonna be, and for that I was happy; I’m a woman that carries her life in her handbag, so to have a big casual bag is great. The stitching and seams are very neat. I had one problem with the bag, the lining inside is green…I was very confused when I opened it, and when it’s closed you see a hint of the green at the sides. I assumed it was to be unique, for a pop of colour but personally I would have preferred it to be white, it would have a neater look to me. Plus, I don’t like green, that shade specifically. So, I’ll be rating this a 4.5/5, would buy again… in all the colours.

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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,, she makes clothes, hats and swimsuits as well.


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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.


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.” 


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)

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Featured image from the Quaint by GSC Facebook page.