We had the good fortune of connecting with Alyssa Goddard and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alyssa, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking risk has been an intrical part in my career, being a fashion designer in barbados creating and designing the kind of pieces I wanted to put out there was a risk, knowing that it would be dissimilar to what would be expected.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My brand is heavily influenced by postmodern fashion, culture, romance and fantasy, amalgamating these elements aided me in creating an esthetic that is unique in its own way. Being active for over 10 years I see as an accomplishment, looking back on where I came from and how little I started with, constantly being told what I wanted to do wasn’t possible or I would have to conform or dilute my esthetic to appeal to a larger market. This was something I struggled with for a long time until I decided to take a risk and just put the kind of pieces I wanted to create out there, in doing so I realized there was a market that wasn’t ovesaturated, I also learned that all advice isn’t good advice, what works for one individual isn’t always practical for another, and it’s hardly every a straight and narrow road to figuring out what works for you, my brand is a testament of my struggles in life and the things that got me through them.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
It’s barbados so definitely the first stop would be the beach, probly Accra beach on the south coast, it’s definitely one of the more popular beaches in barbados, possibly because it’s right across the street from Chefette’s Rockley branch which is Barbados most popular fast food chain which would be the next stop, plus I love the south coast, St Lawrence Gap known as “The Gap” is on the south coast, it’s a strip with restaurants, Night clubs, Bars and Hotels, with a boardwalk view. Sticking to the south coast we have Oistins a fishing village, I grew up a walk away from Oistins, its the place to be on Friday nights, with bars, rum shops, music, local crafts on sale and lots of food, if you love sea food you would love Oistins.
I can’t forget Bridgetown, our capital city, with shopping malls, small restaurants etc, it has pretty much everything.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Respect to Tribe of leb, prettyboy records, Devere Debonair, Shae Lashley, Caribbean export and Rei Pro Army.
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