Black History in the Making: Sapphire Rose
Sapphire Rose may be just nine years old, but she is already a seasoned fashion designer. She is the founder and CEO of d’Obvious Rose, an up-and-coming clothing company.
Sapphire began designing clothing at five years old, at first for her own dolls. When at six years old she was presented with her first sewing machine by her aunt, she began designing and sewing outfits for the dolls of other little girls.
Once she had mastered the art of sewing doll clothing, she began to design and sew clothing for herself.
Originally from Guyana, and a Caribbean girl to her core (her favorite food is the Trinidadian/Guyanese dish “roti and curry”), Rose says she hopes her decision to pursue her passion will motivate other young girls to do the same.
“I would like my designs to inspire young girls like me to achieve their dreams by fulfilling their hearts’ desire. I think it is important for them to allow their dream to become something they enjoy doing — filled with fun.”
The Birth of d’Ovious Rose
After having a conversation at breakfast one day with her aunt and sister about little girls who have done great things to positively change their communities, Sapphire fell to thinking about the ways in which she could use her talent to exact positive change.
Along with her sister, who also designs, she set out to come up with a brand name for a fashion design company and a logo within the space of one hour. With her aunt’s help, she came up with the name “The Obvious Rose,” which was later changed to “d’Ovious Rose” to add a French touch.
Recently, one of her teachers requested that the entire class work on a project entitled ‘My Dream Is,” in which they were to write down what they wanted to be when they grew up, and why. Sapphire’s mother suggested that they combine the two projects, resulting in her company’s first brand awareness campaign entitled “Heart Full of Dreams.”
Sapphires ultimate goal is to ensure that her designs “represent beauty, freshness, and creativity in a multilayered concept.” She intends to design for more mature fashionistas as she grows older.
By: Danielle Dixon
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