ANYA AYOUNG CHEE

Anya  Ayoung  Chee  has  taken  fashion  and  design  beyond  the  Caribbean  shores.  A  graduate  of  Parsons  School  of  Design  and  Central  St Martins  School  of  Art  and  Design,  Anya  began  her  journey  in  New  York  City  as  a  graphic  designer  and  returned  to  Trinidad  in  2007. Anya  designed  her  first  women’s  label  in  2009  and,  during  2010,  launched  the  lingerie  line,  Anya  de  Rogue,  the  first  of  its  kind  in  the Caribbean.    

Combining  entrepreneurship  with  her  love  of  the  creative  arts,  Anya  has  explored  various  avenues  to  integrate  her  love  of  fashion, design, Trinidadian  culture  and  commerce.    Having  achieved  the  success  of  winning  the  ninth  season  of  the  popular  US  Television  show  -­ Project Runway  in  2011  she  was  determined  to  use  the  knowledge  and  exposure  to  catapult  the  local  industry.  The  former  Miss  Universe disrupted  the  local  market  and  launched  an  e-­‐‑commerce  platform  for  the  sale  of  embellished  swimwear,  known  locally  as  Monday  Wear branded  as  ‘cANYAval’.    

cANYAval  has  since  evolved  into  an  events  production  company  hosting  carnival  inspired  experiences  both  in  the  Caribbean  and  in  the US.  Her  company  also  designed  and  produced  carnival  costumes  for  Trinidad,  Jamaica,  Barbados,  Los  Angeles  and  Toronto.  Her boutique  Exhibit  A  and  cANYAval  intend  to  provide  an  online  marketplace  for  Caribbean  designers  to  manage  and  develop  their  own online  presence.  She  started  another  first  with  her  co-­working  space  HOME  which  is  dedicated  solely  to  the  creative  industry  based  on the  model  of  creating  like-­minded  communities  that  can  work  together  to  develop  a  sustainable  business  model  for  the  industry.  

cANYAval,  Exhibit  A  and  HOME  have  all  provided  platforms  for  young  designers,  chefs,  event  producers,    photographers,  videographers, and  business  development  professionals  to  nurture  their  skills,  reach  a  wider  audience,  test  and  experiment  with  their  entrepreneurial efforts  and  gradually  develop  their  paths  toward  independent,  yet  collective,  growth.  Anya  intends  to  continue  to  grow  and  develop  the local  industry  working  assiduously  to  broaden  the  global  reach  for  local  artists  and  designers.  She  is  dedicated  to  

“hybridizing”  the  carnival  concept  and  contributing  to  the  evolution  of  the  art  form.    

Anya  is  fully  dedicated  to  the  empowerment  of  women  and  fully  believes  that  entrepreneurship  is  key.  Anya’s  drive  to  succeed  is  rooted in  her  personal  need  to  achieve  her  best  in  any  endeavor  and  the  desire  to  continuously  learn,  grow,  improve  and  reach  new  heights within  herself.    

Anya’s  chosen  charity  is  The  Tallman  Foundation,  founded  by  her  family  in  2004.  The  foundation  is  geared  toward  the  transformation  of youth  through  arts  education.  Through  the  Anya  Ayoung  Chee  Foundation  which  was  founded  in  2014  she  hopes  to  provide  annual grants  to  the  most  promising  designers  to  further  accelerate  their  growth.  

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