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International Fashion Designer and Dominican Yolander James proudly presents the Launching of her “Women’s Fashion Line” in Dominica on Sunday 19th October, 2008 at the Arawak House of culture. The show promises to be a night of Fashion, Style and Trends with international Flair and Standards. The YolanderJ. Woman’s Fashion Line is elegant, feminine, timeless, leisurely and at the same time glamorous and individually designed for the modern woman.


Yolander E. James was born on the beautiful island of Dominica and originates from the village of Marigot. There she discovered her passion for creativity at the early age of 14. At the age of 24, Yolander departed for Europe to realise her burning desire to become an International Fashion Designer and with the intention of one day returning to share her knowledge and experience with fellow Dominicans.

Through years of intensive work and further study in various fields of the Fashion Industry, Yolander gained the professional training necessary to open the doors of the European fashion world. Based upon her many years of experience, in 2002 she successfully launched the “YolanderJ.” Fashion Line, which offers a unique and exquisite line of clothing for women in Germany and throughout Europe. Yolander James is Manager of her own boutique in Hamburg, Germany where she resides with her family.

Design Philosophy

The Collection specializes in dresses, suits and jacket, however customers can find an extravagant selection of pantsuits, skirts, blouses/tops and acessories, for instance handbags, scarves and jewelry.The YolanderJ. Collection offers its customers clothing tailored for business, leisure and of course evening wear. Each year the collection is completely renewed.

Very soon the YolanderJ. Collection will be available throughout the Caribbean and can be bought also online at:

Come celebrate the Launch of the YolanderJ. Fashion Line in the Caribbean, Yolander James will showcase her Collection in an extravagant fashion show in Dominica. Again the date for the fashion show is set for October 19th 2008 at the Arawak House of Culture from 8:00pm and tickets are only ECD$20.00.

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Dominica’s beauty is everywhere! Her mountains are majestic. The cliffs and bays and beaches of her Atlantic and Caribbean shores are breathtaking. Numerous magnificent waterfalls grace her rainforest interior.

Dominica is the land of 10,000 flowers. Hummingbirds visit those flowers, hawks circle in the sky, and pelicans, kingfishers and frigate birds patrol for fish.

Dominica has astounding coral reefs that teem with colorful tropical fish. And, Dominica’s waters are also home to myriad univalve (one-shell) and bivalve (2-shell) mollusks.

Trivia: A seashell, also known as a sea shell, or simply as a shell, is the common name for a hard, protective outer layer, a shell, or in some cases a “test”, that was created by a sea creature, a marine organism. The shell is part of the body of a marine animal. In most cases a shell is an exoskeleton, usually that of an animal without a backbone, an invertebrate. Seashells are most often found on beaches…source:Wikipedia

You can spot the wondrous and beautiful mollusks while snorkeling or scuba diving, or you can (as Ruth and I often) do; beach-comb for them on pleasant and fun-filled strolls. It is a great deal of fun to “discover” shells on the beach. As an added benefit, we know that we’re gathering shells of animals that have perished, and we needn’t worry about even possibly harming the ecology by taking a live specimen (or a shell that is serving as a temporary home to a hermit crab.




Here are some photos from our shell collection. I took these photos back at our home in Massachusetts (which we’ll sell when we relocate to Dominica next year when Ruth can retire). If you can see a white marble tabletop in the background, the photo is of a large shell (6 to 9 inches) that we collected on other Caribbean islands. The small shells shown on Dominican black sand or in a small (3 inches across) bowl or on the back of a book (the size of the print will give you an idea of the scale in those macro photographs) are all Dominican shells. These are not “baby” shells; nearly all are the size of the adult animal. We have collected some fairly large conch shells in Dominica, but the supply of this edible animal is nearly exhausted from over-hunting. It’s too bad, because large conchs prey upon the nasty stinging black spiny sea urchins, which have multiplied absent their chief predator.





Helmet Conch




I hope to be able at a later date to post the popular and scientific names of the shells in the photos. We have purchased “Seashell Treasures of the Caribbean” by Leslie Sutty, edited by the late eminent conchologist Richard Tucker Abbott. Ms Sutty lives in Martinique and when I contacted her recently she graciously offered to provide this information for photos that we e-mail to her. But I just couldn’t wait to share our photos of these beauties with you!

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