For high-impact fabric that’s as comfy as it is statement-making, designers turned to crochet. From provocative open weaves to knitted pullovers, the effect is slightly bohemian, and infinitely cooler than the crochet pieces you might have seen in your grandmother’s closet.
Fashion Designer Tracy Sykes-Ambrose began crocheting at a very young age (I believe around the age of 7/8). A family member showed her the very basic chain link stitch, and how to crochet blankets and hair accessories. She continued to crochet those items until she got bored and tired of storing incomplete blankets in her closet. At that moment, she realized that she just didn’t have the patience to finish a blanket. One day, while on her job, a supervisor showed her how to crochet a scarf.
“My interest in the art of crocheting was sparking again but soon fizzled after a few months,” says Tracy. “15 years later I discovered that it wasn’t a lack of interest, but the lack of VISION. Although I was very appreciative by the teachings of this art, I didn’t relate to it or feel a connection until I BELIEVED in the VISIONS given to me.
Tracy Ambrose W.R.A.P. (formerly known as W.R.A.P.) began in the summer of 2004 when I crocheted an oversized scarf/wrap as a gift to a former manager as a going away gift, and the rest is truly history. From that point on, other employees around the office wanted a scarf/wrap for themselves or as a gift to family/friends. A co-worker gave me the ultimate compliment by stating that the crocheted items looked as though they came from a boutique or “high end” store/boutique! The same co-worker stated that I should decide on a business name. Therefore, I came up with W.R.A.P. because it described the item (wrap and scarves as well as a deeper meaning to why the business exists (with revelation and purpose).
During the summer of 2005, I began to strategically plan a W.R.A.P. (with revelation and purpose) party at my house during November of the same year. The “W.R.A.P.” party was such a surprising success, with only selling scarves/wraps at the time, I decided to host another in December and did just as well! But the month of December 2005 signifies the launch of showcasing my items in a local boutique! A simple email to a friend (who own a boutique) almost harassed me for the new items, bolero/shrug. From January 2006 to present has been absolutely FANTABULOUS. Three boutiques (Darla’s Closet, Fitz Couture, and Heaven Simone) are currently showcase selecting items by Tracy Ambrose W.R.A.P. It’s a lot of work but “to whom much is given, much is required.”
I am forever grateful and I do not take for granted the vision that God has given me. The visions are the pattern of each item. The item(s) you purchase is truly a gift.
…DON’T SLEEP the vision is not over, it only gets better. SBBM