Michael Jerome Francis is a New York-based artist with a fashion fetish. His brand of demi-couture embraces an environmentally-conscious philosophy by producing locally; re-imagining nontraditional materials and incorporating craftsmanship that preserve and celebrate ancestral traditions – the result: high quality garments that are both raw and romantic. Originally from Boston, Michael completed his fashion studies at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with honors – receiving The Fashion Group International of Boston Jo Somers Scholarship Award, the Art School Associates Trust Fund Award and the Albert Munsell Award for excellence in his field of study. With passion and focus Michael launched his career as a freelance fashion designer and artist in New York in 2000 – assisting on special projects with Chanel couture, Saks Fifth Avenue and Henri Bendel, NY, as well as maintaining and serving a growing list of private clients. In addition to his freelance fashion design work, Michael has designed costume for Ensemble Youkali’s opera – The Rake’s Progress in 2008; co-produced Save the Bees, a fashion performance/opera – his debut fashion presentation in New York in 2009 and exhibited his collection in 2010 at Renaissance Fine Art Gallery. In 2011 Michael’s designs were presented at Bloomingdale’s SoHo – The Green Shows Eco-lux Pop-Up Shop and the 2011 Caribbean International Fashion Week (CIFW) in NY. He was also featured in a 7-page editorial in the 2011 Designer Issue of Profiles98 – a style, culture and global Caribbean magazine and his designs have been seen in Vogue.it.