“Appearance is essential, but style is what tells the tale.”
Charon grew up loving fashion and was lucky enough to work in the hustle and bustle of the fashion world in New York on 7th Avenue for over 15 years. Though she was enthralled by the business she saw that the industry was lacking hip, modern clothing for the plus size woman. In 2008 the company she worked for had to downsize so Charon took that as a calling for her to focus on her passion; which is designing clothing.
Being from St. Croix, Charon decided to use the term “G’wan” which means “Go Ahead” in her native language, as the name for her clothing line which; launched In February of 2011. The line started small with brooches, clutches and leather cuffs. The streets began to talk so Charon started to make individual custom clothing pieces for her clients. Through word of mouth the line grew and now G’wan by Charon offers dresses, casual wear, and glam tees.
When G’wan by Charon was launched it was plus size specific, giving contemporary fashion clothing to women sizes 10 and up. Sooner than later the brand became the talk of the town and standard size women where knocking at her door. Now the line carries fashions in all sizes!
In May 2014, Charon was one of three designers chosen to show her collection at the 2014 FashionLink VI Fashion Weekend in St. Croix. She debuted her summer 2014 “Dare You” collection with includes summer dresses, rompers and separates. Charon also showed her first ever swimsuit line.
Since the showing in St. Croix, Charon’s life has changed and she has entered the celebrity status of designers with Marie Dunee and Gwen DeVoe asking for G’wan by Charon pieces for their events.
The overall goal of G’wan by Charon is to have women experience themselves as a part of the global fashion movement. G’wan by Charon is a fashion brand about empowering women to accept themselves exactly as they are. “G’wan!”
“We are all beautiful, we just come in different packages.”
G’wan, as the people of St. Croix would say in their native language, means, “Go ahead!” Through her fashion designs, Charon, the creator of G’wan inspires women to fall in love once more with their authentic selves – “G’wan ~ I dare you… to be you!” is her motto. No matter what size or ethnicity, Charon’s fashion designs reconnect women with their innermost beauty.
At the age of sixteen, Charon was already experimenting with fashion designs for her sisters! Born and raised on the tropical island of St. Croix USVI, she naturally brings an appeal. Professionally trained at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City, Charon has spent years traveling the globe learning and experimenting with different design elements. Her styles reflect her global journeys and are designed for the real women of the world!
Charon’s diversified creativity has landed her positions at some of the most recognizable apparel companies in the business and her design style has been merchandised on some of the most coveted retail floors in the United States. These days Charon is lending her creativity and passion to her own collection, G’wan by Charon. She designs beautiful, versatile clothing & accessories to bring out the confident women in us all. Her ardent appreciation for a hint of vintage underlines her designs. Charon also continues to create lines of fashion that make women of all sizes feel empowered and self-confident!
Charon’s Cruzan heritage, professional training, international exposure and years of experience all converge in thrilling expressions of fashion. Her indulgence in rich fabric and alluring textures make you want to wrap yourself up in her designs. Charon’s feminine and modern styles present a fresh version of glamour for today’s real and fabulous women.
In the near future, G’wan by Charon will be launching Pop~up boutiques and gracing Runways! Look out! This fashion designer is about to burst the fashion doors wide open in ways that have never been done before! She definitely pulls out the faboo woman in all of us.