Fashion designer and social activist, Stacey Angela is the daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents. At age nine, her mother introduced her to the long time family tradition of crocheting as an alternative to keeping her hands busy and thumb out of her mouth. She joined her mother, aunts, grandmothers, and family friends crocheting dollies for the tables, rugs for the house and various other items for the home.
Stacey Angela studied psychology at Ramapo College in Mahwah, New Jersey, then spent three and half years as a teacher within the New Jersey education system guiding and inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs as well as an outspoken voice for epilepsy awareness. She founded the Strike-A-Pose social club to teach students the business of fashion.
Slowly, Stacey Angela began to work freelance; styling Mike Millz of Alicia Keys management and Melky Jean, and alongside Debra Ginyard for Luire magazine and URB Magazine. She has also worked as a stylist and costume designer on independent films I Will by Donovan Lambert and Peephole written and directed by Tracey Moore; in addition the stage plays, Getting under Our Own Skin directed by Tracey Moore-Marable and written by Chrishaunda Lee and With Certain Regrets directed by Tracey Moore-Marable and written by Adrena Hale.
Armed with insider know-how and a degree, Stacey Angela emerged on the scene introducing high fashion luxury crochet swimwear which marked the birth of designer, Stacey Angela.
Designer and stylist by night, Stacey Angela began designing one of a kind custom tailored crochet swimwear. Stacey Angela introduced the traditional past time of hand-knit crochet to the exotic tropics of Caribbean luxe. The intricately-detailed Stacey Angela line began with a special order star-shaped bikini top and crochet earrings, has expanded to include boy shorts, cover-ups, ponchos, two-tier miniskirts, hats, earrings, gloves, and bowties.
Vivica A. Fox, Angie Stone, Foxy Brown, Melky Jean, London duo Floetry, acting coach Tracey Moore, and radio/TV personalities, Free and K. Foxx have worn Stacey Angela. Her designs have been seen shows like America’s Next Top Model, The List: Top Ten Designers to Watch on BETJ and MTV as well as across fashion magazines, Honey, Complex, Hype Hair, Suede, Smooth Girl, Jewel, AOL’s the TheStylist.com, and the Japanese magazine, Luire.
In 2009, Stacey Angela restructured the brand into clearer divisions, including the Stacey Angela Black Label to encompass its high-end couture resort, swimwear lines, STAY by Stacey Angela as a contemporary line of both casual and dressy apparel at an affordable price, and Stay’e Label for a collection of made-to-order dresses, swimwear available only via her website.
Her designs have sold in LA boutiques APT 3, Vionnet, Japanese boutique Lil’ Limo, and New Jersey boutique Over the Edge.
Now Stacey Angela designs are recognized by their sophisticated aesthetic, artesian craftsmanship and inviting color palettes without the air of flashiness that makes the Stacey Angela brand timeless. Stacey Angela continues to produce fashion events benefiting the New Jersey Epilepsy Foundation to raise awareness and donate funds for research and treatment. She raised $10,000 by auctioning a custom made piece for the VH-1 Save the Music Foundation. She also continues to answer questions and show support to budding students no matter what direction their aspirations take them.