“A dream is a wish that your heart makes” and 9-year-old Sapphire Autumn Rose is following her dream and sharing her heart with the world! The pint-size entrepreneur recently launched her “Heart Full of Dreams” collection via her online retail store dobviousrose.com. The pink and rose color-infused collection includes beautiful fashion necklaces, bracelets, scarves, dream pillows, T-shirts, blankets, and charms for young girls.
The daughter of Guyanese designers, Michelle Cole and the late Trevor Rose, Sapphire is no stranger to the world of fashion. Exposed to her parent’s artistic talents at a very early age, Sapphire created her very first piece of clothing “a skirt” at the ripe old age of 6. Now she is ready to showcase her own talents and establish herself as a young fashion designer.
Earlier this month she told the Guyana Chronicle..
“Both my parents were fashion designers and I grew up watching them work on designs. Then I just knew I wanted to grow up to be like them.”
A New York native, Sapphire has a younger sister, Zephyra, and a younger brother, Omar, and is an honor student at Success Academy Elementary School. Here’s her story.
Who am I…..
I am Sapphire Autumn Rose, a 9-year-old Fashion Designer.
My first work……
At 5 years, old, I first designed a wrap skirt set for one of my dolls and then when my aunt presented me with a sewing machine for my 6th birthday, I couldn’t wait to sew my first collection. I also designed 8 doll outfits on a special order from one of Mommy’s clients’ daughters. I did another collection of doll clothes before designing a skirt which I drew by myself and also design my graduation outfit which Mommy completed for me. I also design most of my Halloween outfits at school.
A little about what I like….
My Favorite color is Sapphire blue along with red and pink. I don’t like olive green because olives taste weird. My hobbies are drawing, dancing, reading, and spending time goofing around with my siblings. My favorite food is curry and roti. I like music but don’t have a favorite song.
I would like my designs to inspire young girls like me to achieve their dreams by fulfilling their hearts’ desire. I think it is important for them to allow their dream to become something they enjoy doing — filled with fun.
Dream. Believe. Achieve.”
I have so many people in my life who inspire me continuously but they are a few special mentions like my mom Michelle Cole of course, she is indeed a phenomenal designer and I am fortunate to have her as a dedicated, supportive, and loving mother, my dad, Trevor Rose, a talented costume designer who was very creative with his work but he passed away and my Godfather, uncle Roger Gary who is a Fashion designer as well. He is one of my best friends and allows me to watch him while he is working on his designs.
My objectives are to ensure that my designs reflect me as I go through the various stages of growing up. I really would want my designs to represent beauty, freshness, and creativity in a multilayered concept. My aim is to start with kids’ fashion and accessorize them, then move into other fields as I grow older.
This summer, my sister, my aunt, and I were having breakfast in the yard, and during that time she told us about little girls our age who changed the world in a positive way and asked us what we would do to change the world.
I started to think about my desire to become a fashion designer and what I can do to make a positive impact in the world. I suggested owning my own fashion design company, inspiring other young girls to achieve their dreams and give back to those less fortunate. My sister opted to become a professional soccer player as well as my assistant. She designs as well.
We were given an hour to come up with our brand name and tasked with coming up with a logo by the end of the day. We started brainstorming names for my company. As my mom has her last name in her company brand name, ColeFacts, I decided that I wanted to incorporate Rose as a part of my company name as well. My aunt said “It’s obvious” and it was then that we all said the same thing “The Obvious Rose” — I however, dropped “the” for the “D’ apostrophe ” to give it a French touch.
When coming up with the logo, we tried many different sketches and eventually settled on one that represents beauty, freshness, and many layers of creativity — almost like a garden full of possibilities.
Recently, my teacher asked my class to do a project called ” My Dream Is” and in this project, we were asked to write down what we wanted to be when we grow up and why. My mom came up with the perfect solution to combine the two projects into one. As a result, my first brand awareness campaign is called “Heart Full of Dreams” mainly because it is indeed my dream to become a great, successful designer who is passionate about making a positive impact in the world.
Sapphire is also a philanthropist at heart. During a visit to the United Nations for its 70th Anniversary celebration, she learned about the work that UNICEF ambassadors are doing on behalf of children all around the world and wanted to help. Through her “Heart Full Of Dreams” project Sapphire has pledged a one-dollar donation for every item sold from her collection.
“Maybe one day I can be one of Unicef’s Ambassadors and help children around the world.”
The Heart Full of Dreams project is Sapphire’s charity initiative and her missing is to visit sick and orphaned little girls and present them with her “dream pillows” to remind them to always dream. To support Sapphire’s “Heart Full of Dreams” project and shop her collection visit her website www.dobviousrose.com