Art as inspiration
little money but plenty of passion, Boone's first
designs used stacks of newspapers and magazines
from her personal collection. She cut patterns from
recycled paper, sewed them by hand, fastened metal
hardware, zippers and leather straps, and waterproofed
people began noticing - and asking about -- the
unique bags Boone wore. Later, she began to incorporate
I went, people were like, 'Oh my God, where did
you get your bag?' " said Boone, who soon began
receiving custom orders. "I knew I was onto
"something" was right. Boone's line went
beyond word-of-mouth, thanks to high-profile fundraisers
for Ronald McDonald's charity in Detroit, Detroit
Public Schools, Art Institute of Novi, and pop-up
sales in the City of Detroit last summer.
Angelique Collections is sold around the world.
She no longer limits herself to recycled art, but
uses new paper and fabrics sourced from around the
inspiration comes from architectural structures,
nature, art, classical music, vintage clothing,
old movies, and the likes of great artists like
Van Gogh and Picasso.
Boone is a successful entrepreneur whose construction
firm, Boone Management, completed school renovations
at Howe Elementary as part of Detroit Public Schools'
$1.5 billion capital improvement program.
is the creator of Angelique Collections and a former
boutique store owner. Boone is an award-winning
self-published author, and a lecturer and motivational
speaker. She has been featured in publications such
as Essence Magazine, The Detroit News and Detroit
Free Press, Crain's Detroit Business and The Michigan
Chronicle. She has also been featured on radio stations
and print magazines in London, New York, Florida
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