A native to The Bahamas with current roots in Atlanta. I have dared to create textiles and prints that pay homage to my heritage. I always drew clothing and shoes and would sketch for proms or special occasion. I always knew I was connected in this segment of the world. However, my professional path took me along the business and accounting route. I convinced my mum in my freshman year to purchase a sewing machine which I have to this date (that was 1989). Fashion was pushed to the back of my mind as I pursued my career in accounting, but it was not permanently stored. I felt an awesome tug when my best friend and I visited Paris, France after the birth of my son. For a fleeting moment, I thought of being a student in fashion. I later returned to the US to hustle a path of photography following a divorce as I dreamed about textiles. On a planned visit to the birthplace our Bahamian Androsian textiles, I took my then 3 year old to the island and I soon discovered upon arrival that the island was separated and I was on the wrong side. My plan was to have a dual visit to see the island of my mother's birth, but I had to cancel my visit to view the textile facility. Photography allowed me to see transformation of a person through fashion. I watched as my clients relaxed with their selected garment changes. How one sees oneself through the lens, does matter and is connected with fashion. Twenty-eight years later after my freshman year, I was inspired to start a collection without ceasing. Hence the rebirth of Shelley Monique. Now I embrace the name I did not like--imagine that. It has a different meaning--it has purpose. I design for the bold vivacious traveler who dares to be culturally dipped into the vibrancy of the rich flavours of the Caribbean. If you roll-packed your garment, just shake loose in the air and hang for wear. Great textile with little care! I intend to adjust my sails in this tough industry, while setting my eyes on a great destination.