Danielle and Chantelle Dwomoh-Piper, or the Dpipertwins as they’ve come to be known, are twin designers of Kastle Designs and Treasure Chest. They’ve always had a love for fashion and after studying at the High School of Fashion Industries, they’ve decided to continue their education at the Fashion Institute of Technology earning their bachelor’s degrees. Take a minute to learn more about the twin designers.
Coco + Crème: How long have you been in business? What was the first piece you made?
Chanetelle & Danielle: Our fashion line Kastle Designs and jewelry collection Treasure Chest were both launched in February 2010 during New York fashion week.
Chantelle: The first piece I ever made was long dangling pearl earrings. That was the start of our brand Treasure Chest. From there I branched out and made necklaces and bracelets.
Danielle: The first piece I ever made was champagne color silk dress with black lace gown. I was fascinated by the ability to bring my vision on paper to life.
C+C: Describe the Kastle Designs and Treasure Chest woman.
C & D: Our pieces are designed for the confident, sassy, classy woman who likes to light up a room when she walks in. A common feedback we receive from our clients is that they turn heads every time they wear pieces from our collections. We believe that when you look good, you feel good and when you feel good, you do good. It’s an amazing feeling when a client gets a boost of confidence when they wear a piece.
C+C: Describe your personal style. And does that influence the line?
C &D: Yes, we like to look angelic, precious and of course rock show-stoppers that is why we have a lot of eye catching items in our collection.
C+C: What experiences have influenced your line? Where do you find inspiration?
C&D: Living in Ghana and New York with a Caribbean background inspires our collection. We are inspired by our culture, New York City nightlife, the architecture and so much more.
C + C: What are your line’s bestsellers?
C&D: Our best sellers are definitely our sequin dresses and our long dangling earrings. Celebrities such as America’s Next Top Models Naima Mora, Lulu, Saleisha Stowers and Bianca Golden have all worn them. Our items are currently begin sold at the department store, The Limelight Marketplace as well as our website. Our African print skirts and dresses have also our best sellers.
C+C: If we took a peek in each of your bags, what would we find?
C &D: Pencil/ mini sketchbook, earrings from Treasure Chest jewelry in case we have to jazz up our outfit up from day to night, lipstick, bronzer and our blackberry.
C + C: Tell readers what’s next on the horizon for Kastle Designs and Treasure Chest.
C &D: We look forward to capitalizing on our brand images, and branching out into Childrenswear and handbags. Our journey has just begun and we look forward to achieving greater success by meeting our customers’ desires.
Check out some of the Dpipertwins’ collection below and be sure to visit their website.
All images courtesy of G.Legare.