My grandmother, Carmen LeFleur Allen, spent her days in her native Jamaica. Despite the geographical distance between us, we had a strong bond as a result of the many, many letters we sent back and forth throughout my childhood. She was my favorite pen pal, a wicked comedian, & also a wonderful seamstress -- passing on to my mother, and thus to me, her creative spirit and knack for creating much from little.
I loved watching my mom magically transform scraps of fabric into snazzy school uniforms, haunting Halloween costumes, perfect prom dresses & whimsical wedding gowns for me, my sisters, & several others who commissioned her work. These moments are deeply embedded in my memory & helped form the dream that, someday, I could bring all of the designs swarming in my head to life.
My grandmother & I had many things in common, including the ability to recognize beauty in simple things. When Grandma Carmen passed away in 1993, my mother gave me a necklace of hers which held a simple charm of our shared astrological sign, Virgo. I wear it to this day. It is this necklace & my memories of her which are the legacy and inspiration behind our Custom Conversation Pieces -- personalized & truly one-of-a-kind.
Whether the initials of a loved one, an inspirational quote, or month, day, & year marking a special time in your life, I hope you enjoy customizing your own Carmen LeFleur jewelry, capturing memories to hold dear or to pass on to someone dear to you.