Giovanna loved fashion since a very young age, though she grew up to become a lawyer in Port-au-Prince. After traveling to New York to take some jewelry making classes, she fell in love with the craft and upon returning home to Haiti, began creating jewelry in her spare time. Recently, Giovanna opened her own boutique featuring her original jewelry and handbags, made of stones, bone, gold, silver, and fabrics like burlap, cotton, silk and straw.
The jewelry and accessories of Haitian designer Giovanna Menard spark elegance, richness and a deep cultural connection. They have been exposed globally at several shows and benefits including: `Shop For a Cause’ Haiti benefit at the Tracy Reese boutique in New York; the Russell Simmons’ Foundation `Art for Life’ fund-raising yearly auction in the Hamptons; the Museum of Art & Design of New York City (on display since November 2010) and shown on the catwalks of Islands of the World Fashion Week in the Bahamas. “My rings are a part of a big exhibit called `The Global African Project’ this exhibit will travel throughout famous museums for the rest of the year,” revealed Giovanna.
“Artisans du Soleil by Giovanna Menard” The brand concept is to create and develop several lines of beautiful fashion accessories made of luxurious high hand handcrafted items like: Hand Bags, jewelry, Caftans, blouses, sandals ect.