Updated: May 20, 2019
On Friday March 8, 2019 the Royal Poinciana Plaza participated in celebrating women as part of International Women’s day. I was fortunate to have sat on the chosen winner seat and won a beautiful Lolita white handbag from Zadig and Voltaire. After winning the bag, I was informed that I would be able to have it personalized by their personal graffiti artist Jormi Graterol, also know as “The Graffiti Queen.”
On April 16 I was invited to a special event at Zadig and Voltaire by Rebekah Digregorio, the store manager so I made sure to have my handbag.
Jormi and I connected immediately and collaborated on the artwork for my bag. It was also nice to see We decided to do a classic design with the word “HOPE” on the front flap, my monogram on the inside flap, and a small heart on the back.
I chose HOPE because at the end of the day you can always have hope, and that is my daughter’s name. One day when I pass the bag to her it will be special to her as well. The heart symbolizes the love between Hope and me. I am hopeful that she will be proud of it with my monogram on the inside.
Jormi is a designer and artist born in Venezuela. She studied art in Paris, graduated in Fashion Design from Parsons, and currently living in New York City. Per her quote, “I use my art as a tool for empowerment… a way to express myself... A motivational source. I realized I can say things, motivate myself & others with my signature symboligraffiti, to be consistent with the real challenges we face everyday.” She works with selected clients including Zadig and Voltaire.
Founded by Thierry Gillier, Zadig & Voltaire invents a diverse universe that thrives in the in-between. Not just for him or her, day or night, or work or leisure, the Parisian fashion house redefines modern femininity with wild, free, and rock-fueled wardrobe essentials that embody the strength and sensuality found in the rough and undone. With each collection, Zadig & Voltaire continues to embrace innovation, ignore labels and empower anyone who marches to their own beat.
Thank you to The Royal Poinciana Plaza for hosting the International Women’s Day celebration, and thank you to Zadigand Voltaire for my beautiful bag. I feel empowered spreading hope by it’s visual presence like my non-profit Hope Fund for IVF. My mantra has become, “Spreading Hope.”