Ecliff Elie supports young men with donation of graduation suits
Designer Ecliff Elie with one of the students he outfitted for grad.
Menswear designer Ecliff Elie has for another year uplifted the lives of young men by gifting them with outfits for their graduation.
Elie and his team donated custom-tailored suits to a dozen teenage boys who were leaving the Secondary education system to continue their respective journeys.
Among them was one student of the Diego Martin Secondary who was chosen by his teachers for the ultimate graduation gift after Elie delivered a speech at the school and asked them to choose a student they considered highly promising to be outfitted.
Another was a young man who attended CUC College and performed well academically, despite the challenges associated with his single-parent background.
Over in Tobago, Elie also teamed up with the Pink Diamond Society to deliver a suit to a special young man selected by the group.
Elie’s focus on fashion throughout his life catapulted him from his Arima, East Trinidad hometown, eventually opening him up to greater opportunities in the West of the island.
His Rosalino Street, Woodbrook, fashion house now caters to the needs of many professionals and men from all walks of life who desire the right fit, and look for various occasions.
“I know how hard it can be to shoulder the many burdens that go hand in hand with adolescence. There’s a period of uncertainty faced by all youths and sometimes a little moral support can go a long way,” said Elie.
He has been a source of inspiration for many young people who’ve heard his story. Elie was the last of 15 children raised by a single mother. His father passed away when he was just five-years-old.
“I know what it’s like to be in many of their shoes. My mother was forced to be the sole breadwinner after my father passed away. I know that it is not very easy for most mothers so because of my personal experience I will always try to help,” said Elie.
“I believe that if we each do what we can in our respective disciplines, to aid in at least one young person’s life journey, the Trinidad and Tobago we see now, can be uplifted and changed,” he said.
Follow @ecliffelie on Instagram for a view into his menswear catalogue.