Santia Vertus McKoy, best known as Haitian International Designer Santia
Designer Santia started designing at the age of 16. Her passion as a fashion designer began during childhood when she spent countless hours at her family’s shop. She started out designing school clothes for herself, other children and friends. Her ultimate goal was to have her own boutique or clothing store.
Being born and raised in Haiti, Santia came from humble and loving beginnings which taught her to not only appreciate life but also the beauty in it. She’s learned to be her own hero and became a warrior amid the storms she faced. She decided to not only fight for her dreams, but to also make them her reality.
After migrating to the United States of America, she obtained her certification in Medical Coding and Billing, but due to the decline in her field she was unable to obtain work, which gave her the drive to focus on accomplishing her goals.
Designer Santia began traveling the United States and Europe expanding her brand by entering fashion shows and winning awards. Fashion has always been her first love and passion. She believes that with the anointed eyes and vision God has given to her, she has the power and authority to bring her aspirations and visions to life. Her designs represent moods, personalities, diversity and style. S&M Custom Design clothing celebrates the beauty and diversity found in men, women and children. She is proud to be able to represent her country all over the world and aspires to known as one of the greatest designers of all times.
She is “Designer Santia!” Walking confidently on the direction of her dreams and living out the life she’s imagined, while making her husband, children, family and country proud.
Awards, Accomplishments and Recognitions
UOLLYWOOD AWARDS – Unity of Arts (2018) – EPIC ARTISTIC ACCESSORY DESIGNER
MARABOU CREOLE ENTERTAINMENT (2020)- BEST FASHION DESIGNER AWARD
HAITIAN AMERICAN ARTS NETWORK – WOMEN CELBRATING WOMEN (2020) – “I AM INFLUENTIAL” AWARD
ORLANDO.COM (2020) – COVID-19 RECOGNITION FOR HELPING FRONTLINE WORKERS
WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER (2020) – COVID-19 STITCH SWITCH IN AIDE EFFORTS DURING THE PANDEMIC
YOUTUBE (2020) – #CHOOSEHOPESTORY – COMPASSIONA ND UNITY FILM AMIDST COVID-19 PANDEMIC AROUND THE WORLD