Behind The Seams : Vintage 1804

In 1804 Dessalines read the Act of Independence for the first time for Haiti , declaring it as a free nation , free from Slavery. Most of you may or may not know that Haiti was the first predominantly black society in the "new world" to claim their  Independence. 

In 2012 Haute People goes "Behind the Seams" with Roe Michel, designer for Vintage 1804.

H.P: How long have u been designing
R.M: I've probably been designing my entire life without noticing it. For the sake of this interview, I'd say 1999.

H.P: What inspired your line
R.M: I wanted to create a quality clothing line that my comrades and I could be proud of wearing. It had to be fashionable, provocative, sarcastic, sophisticated and motivating. The designs are mostly built around “vintage themes” and motivating verses. Why the name Vintage1804? The Vintage part came from my love for all things vintage, classic or antique. This includes fashion, automobiles, artworks, music, pistols, swords, sepia, black and white photography and my love of poetry. 
The 1804 part came from the motivation that I feel when I think of the perseverance and tenacity that it required for the Haitian slaves in Saint Dominque to start and see the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804) through. Ending slavery and establishing Haiti as the first republic  ruled by people of African ancestry in the New World.

H.P: How would you describe your personal style?
R.M: I would describe Vintage1804 style as calm, 

sophisticated, classic and fashionable.

Vintage 1804 specializes in male and female tanks, tees and polos.

Check out these amazing designs from Vintage 1804.

To purchase these tees and more, please visit
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