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Meet Charity Vanessa Uzcátegui-Peart

Today we’d like to introduce you to Charity Vanessa Uzcátegui-Peart.

Hi Charity Vanessa, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
From age four, some of my first interests in art & design began. I come from a first-generation West Indian family with a multi-cultural heritage. Growing up, I decided to paint or create the life I imagined I would have if my circumstances were different.

I come from a big family with four brothers; who are all artists as well. My parents would direct us to create since we did not have much means as a child living in Baltimore. I would cuff my brother’s jeans on myself or make purses out of denim. Then I began teaching myself to sew as a pre-teen, with the help of my Aunt Marie’s sewing machines, she would ship to me from Florida. My brother Jeshua taught me fine drawing skills, while I grabbed rendering ideas from my oldest brother Donald who studied car design & graphic art. My brothers Ben & Jesse are musicians; I started on the classical violin axis. So from our foundation, I have been a creative by nature. We enjoyed cross-expression and using it as an escape.

I grew up in Baltimore after my father left the Marines as a Sargent. That was his start to citizenship out of Jamaica; and from there, I watched him become a Project Manager and business owner. The will to change or choose your life path still resonates with me.

Over time I decided to create my reality by choosing fine arts & design in grade school as my personal focus until my college career at Marymount University and Paris College of Art.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has been difficult being a minority designer doing high-end fashion; however, my mother gave me the courage to continue.

Some of my major publishing collaboration credits have been misinformed or uncredited at times. Naturally, I do love ready- to- wear as well as streetwear foundations. I found a way to balance both but have showcased more rtw until I can fully show the vision for the atelier. There are some ideas I have conceptualized that are very new, and I prefer to be patient for the reveals.

Vanessa Peart Atelier has always been my fashion house and can now be selected privately at: The Her Group Showroom in Downtown, LA. We have been accomplishing secure publications and are currently hot for red carpet pulls and celebrity/ socialite sample needs. Van Peart Prive is the “private lines” alias.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I consider myself a color symmetry enthusiast and an asymmetric draper/ drape-ist. I enjoy using the form to create half patterns from muslin; or I will flat pattern a mental concept. Sometimes I construct without metrics for the first sample. I love organicism; but there is an enjoyment I have for bi- lateral tech concepts as well. Depending on the project; it may get mathematical. For natural leather hides and raw fur; I prefer to move with the existing shapes.

My specialties are the back of garments; because I believe it entices one to know more of the person wearing it as they walk. Interesting lines or applied art can be seen on signature vests and tops. I enjoy dipping into acrylic and resin for some projects from my paint origins. The label’s accessory design includes bags, wallets, and jewelry.

My most desired expansion goal is for my footwear concepts I have been housing for years. I’m planning for insole technology that creates a more comfortable experience for heel- enthusiasts. Menswear is also a focus I’m exploring more of with Kimonos and tech wear. I want everyone to feel included and see their lifestyle.

What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future include factory distributing, acquiring relationships with additional private retailers, and expanding towards flagship store locations.

A major change for me will be revisiting avante-garde concepts and artisan inspirations. I’ve always started the design with elevated ideas, but it’s a balancing act in contrast to general apparel. With time, the purpose can be understood and exposed for a full view of my vision. People are moved by good art and fashion in motion.

In a way, I want to blur that line but still have wearable designs. I will also be exposing some different pieces relatable to creative enthusiasts. I always have inventive ideas; like being the originator 12 years back of the stack and split pants, I call “Splittaz”. We set the trends for super – long-sleeved pieces that hang the fabric past the hand and re-igniting jumbo ball – chain jewelry.

These and other DNA brand concepts took years for others around to understand as wearable until now. The more simple variations are planned to be the foundation for psuedo-tech innovations. The goal is for the future to be seen in my work & for travelers to find a gem for their lifestyle.

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Image Credits
Personal Self Portrait Photo: Lenae Sembly – Photographer Grey KA-MINA Top: Kaitlyn Mikayla – Photographer Open Back Black Reversible Kimono NYFW – Magnus Photographer SOSHO A Sheer Kimono/ ivory bamboo dress – Jeshua Peart Photographer Bamboo Blu Self Portrait Photo: Jeshua Peart Photographer ANABA goat vest coat – Tyler Aryai Photographer

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