Fashion Designer, Co-Founder, Jolibe
CHAVÓN The School of Design: 1990
Parsons School of Design: 1993
Joel’s atelier is recognized for made-to-measure fashions for red-carpet events and advertising for celebrities, including Michelle Obama, Stella McCartney, Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, Rachel Weisz, Jennifer Connelly, Rihanna, and Katy Perry. He has also worked for Dior’s Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton, H&M, and Coach, as well as stylists Leslie Fremar and Kate Young.
In 2007, Joel launched the Jolibe collection with his partner, Christina LaPens. Jolibe garnered several awards, including induction into the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Incubator, and was a Fashion Group International nominee for two consecutive years. Jolibe’s ready-to-wear brand was shown in Paris and New York for three years and sold in specialty boutiques. Joel and Christina are currently focused on a new business, HNDWVN, a community and collection based on the collaboration and empowerment of global artisans.