Having established her presence in the Caribbean fashion industry as a designer of resort wear, swimwear, and accessories, Vincentian Kimya Glasgow is hoping to distinguish herself from her peers by introducing a signature fragrance.
Last month the entrepreneur debuted the fragrance, Kimya Glasgow Vanilla Orchid, in her homeland — complementing her growing Caribbean-themed clothing line.
“We needed to get a scent that reflected the brand — that classic Caribbean feel for the modern consumer,” Glasgow explained.
The fragrance, she elaborated further, consists of vanilla scent, ambergris, and “light fruity notes” of berry and pear.
Renowned throughout the Caribbean and internationally for her design talent, Glasgow’s masterpieces have graced the runways of Caribbean Fashion Week, held in Kingston, Jamaica; Miami Fashion Week in Florida, USA; Fashion Week Trinidad & Tobago; Barbados Fashion Week, among others.
She believes the addition of the signature fragrance is no small feat and will take her craft to the next level.
“With the launch of our fragrance, Kimya Glasgow Vanilla Orchid, we become the first fashion brand to have its own signature fragrance in the entire Caribbean, so that’s something we are extremely proud of,” she stated in YouTube video.
The creation of the fragrance was even more meaningful for Glasgow as she got an opportunity to worked alongside Martinique-based Parfum des Isle, which led to other opportunities in the French overseas department.
“They are extremely knowledgeable in the making of French fragrances and, of course, when you have that kind of support in partnership, it makes anything possible,” the designer beamed.
She continued: We’ve already started a business immersion in Martinique and out of that we are currently filling an order for an amazing boutique in Martinique. We launched our line at the Trois -Ilet casino in Martinique and we have the upcoming Martinique Fashion Week.
“With the launch of our fragrance, Kimya Glasgow Vanilla Orchid, we become the first fashion brand to have its own signature fragrance in the entire Caribbean, so that’s something we are extremely proud of.”— Kimya Glasgow
The designer, however, clarifies that the success she is having is not of her own making. Glasgow has credited the INTERREG Trade Enhancement for the Eastern Caribbean’s (TEECA) “exceptional” programme which she would “highly recommend to anyone”.
The TEECA initiative is a product of the Chamber of Commerce of Martinique along with the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, the Territorial Collectivity of Martinique, and the Caribbean Export Development Agency.
“So they look at each business and each sector and they come up with a plan for expansion [into] and collaborations [in] the various territories,” Glasgow pointed out.
With the success she has reaped so far, the Vincentian is looking far and wide for even more opportunities.
“There’s a lot we have to look forward to in terms of trading opportunities… Our intention, really, is to be a viable export business from St Vincent, the Caribbean, and beyond,” Glasgow stated.