Designer Profile

The brand Abenah Adelaide was founded by the Jamaican textile designer with an aim to create vibrant fashion prints for women’s accessories. The brand specialises in contemporary luxury and celebrates Jamaican culture.

 

AA’s founder Abenah is the daughter of world renown Puerto-Rican Jamaican fine artist, the late Christopher Francis González (Order of Distinction). She became the first Jamaican graduate of the prestigious Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts (UAL: CSM). Where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons) specialising in print as well as completing a Diploma in Professional Studies (DIPs).

 

The BA (Hons) course maximised her potential by developing an individual design philosophy, informed by cultural, technical and sustainable knowledge. Her DIPs industry year included work in a plethora of celebrity fashion styling, working in sample studios with high street brand clientelle, as well as developing a vintage inspired swimwear brand which was featured in Vogue USA.

González was also involved in a live client project with a LVMH brand and successfully developed a print collection for luxury accessories.

Her interior prints were selected by Amanda Kelly Design at Premiere Vision, Paris 2018 and her hand crafted work was displayed at the CSM Design & Make Showcase 2018.

 

The Abenah Adelaide brand was selected by the Jamaica Business Development Cooperation (JBDC) in 2014 to represent Jamaica in ThreadBARE, during the International Fashion Showcase, parallel to London Fashion Week (IFS, LFW). During this showcase the Abenah Adelaide brand was also hand-selected by the British Council (BC) and British Fashion Council (BFC) to represent Jamaican fashion on the Architectural Design platform. Abenah Adelaide was subsequently featured on several platforms including influtential fashion blog Fashion Bomb Daily. The AA brand was also selected by the Jamaican government’s Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce (MIIC) to partake in a philanthropic committee called the Jamaica Fashion and Design Group (JFDG) aimed at re-boosting Jamaica’s textile and fashion industries.

 

AA clients include: New York based fabric store collective Savvy Classics.