Written by Chantel DaCosta

My Grenada: Raquel Leid

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Raquel Leid is the designer behind the vibrant colourful design brand Always Leid. With the tagline ‘Leid. Don’t Follow’ this self-taught designer launched her latest capsule collection ‘Mt. Sealey Garden’ in April 2017. Dedicated to and inspired by the designer’s grandfather, the late Frank Mayhew, the collection is bursting with colour, and tropical prints. Today, Raquel shares her love for fashion and gives us a look at her life in Grand Anse.

Describe Grenada in three words.

Pristine, breathtaking and relaxing.

Which area are you from?

I am from Grand Bras in St. Andrew originally; however, I currently reside in Grand Anse in St George.

What two words best describe the Always Leid brand?

Always Leid is funky and bold.

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Describe your design and creative process.

I am a self-taught designer. I’m always looking for inspiration and I get inspired on a daily basis. I believe that my Grenadian childhood and adulthood experiences paired with my slight obsession with the 90s have allowed me to curate a unique design aesthetic. I browse platforms such as Pinterest and Tumblr for ideas, YouTube for garment construction tutorials on new techniques, watch old 90s sitcoms/movies. I also observe persons who I think have a great sense of style (celebrities and regular people alike). I am constantly brainstorming and I try to record as many innovative, creative concepts as quickly as I can.

What is your favourite traditional dish, and why?

My favourite local dish is saltfish souse and provisions. I love how the saltiness of the fish is mixed with the tangy, crunchy vegetables and provisions.

What is your favourite childhood memory?

The memories that stand out are visits to the public library and bookstores to get new books with my mother.

What was your favourite subject in high school?

My favourite class was English.

What is your favourite restaurant?

My favourite restaurant is La Boulangerie. They serve the best Italian food on the island!

What advice would you give young upcoming Caribbean creative entrepreneurs?

Be proactive, organised, innovative and focused. Invest in yourself and your skills. It may sound clichéd, but success doesn’t happen overnight; it takes a lot of hard work, dedication, long days and disappointments. But you have to keep at it.

What major developments would you like to see happen in Grenada in the next 30 years?

In the next 30 years, I would like to see more avenues presented for unconventional jobs in Grenada.  I hope there is greater emphasis placed on vocational skills and facilitating the growth of the creative arts.

Where would you recommend as a ‘must go’ to a first time visitor to Grenada?

Definitely head to Grand Anse Beach.

Considering a staycation, where in Grenada is your favourite place to unwind and recharge?

Grand Anse Beach. Are you noticing a trend here?

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