Who is Atibon Legba?
Atibon Legba is a Haitian, a father, a lover, an activist, a proponent of beauty, love and justice…a bon vivant.
What is your background?
Haiti is the piece of land where I sprung from. I initially was to be a MD but “la Boheme” took the best of me. I attended Boston College and trained in theatre at Harvard University. I am a percussionist, a photographer, a silk screener among other gifts.
How long has “Brooklyn Loves Haiti been on the market?
The line Twafèy started with the Brooklyn Loves Haiti collection in 2010 as a response to the negative media bombardment that followed Haiti’s Jan 2010 devastating “earthquake”.
What is the drive behind the Line?
Haiti with all of her idiosyncrasies has everything to stand in beauty and dignity among all nations. After the “earthquake”, I was looking for means to contribute to the relief efforts to alleviate our pain. To make a long story short, I had the fortune to buy a few boxes of tee shirts to donate to the cause.
How did you come up with the idea?
One night I had an epiphany and realized that sending the blank shirts to Haiti would help temporarily; however if a message, a positive propaganda was printed on the shirts, it would have a greater impact.
Why is vèvè a big part of the line’s design ?
I started to sketch and since Brooklyn, my adopted home showed a lot of love to us, I surrendered to my muses, my Loa. And what better entity but Èzili, the mother of all mothers, the lover of all lovers, the warrior of all warriors to represent the vision?
What is your creative process?
Each and every piece is hand printed by me on my Kitchen table.
What is the message of the brand?
We are changing the narrative about Haiti, Vodoun one tee shirt at a time.
Is there a new collection in projection?
We just launched the Vodounchild collection this past month.