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Caricia Taylor is a young, vibrant sales and marketing professional. Her childhood education began at the St. Mary’s Roman Catholic School and then the St. Vincent Girls High School. She attended the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College (SVGCC), after which she attained a Bachelor’s degree in Management Studies at the University of the West Indies (Open Campus).

Caricia has launched her own lipstick brand – RICI, which began operations in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on April 20th, 2016 and presently supplies persons living as far as New Zealand, the United Kingdom, North America and some of the English-speaking Caribbean. Being able to successfully manage her studies and a full time exciting and demanding job at the St. Vincent Brewery Ltd. ranks as her most notable career moments. Ultimately her career goal is to be the best she can at whatever she does and to build a business empire.

RICI is a Vincentian lipstick brand which is considered to be innovative and different to the local market. RICI offers high quality, long lasting matte lipsticks. At inception, the company introduced a line of traditional matte sticks. However, the demand for liquid lipsticks quickly surpassed that of the traditional lipstick and their sales plan has since been directed to their waterproof masterpieces. She now has over 24 liquid lipstick and gloss shades. RICI prides itself on professionalism, reliability and an unmatched customer service. Their free delivery across St. Vincent is greatly appreciated by many. RICI products are retailed at all Massy Stores (SVG), Naj Beauty supplies and online at ricicosmetics.com.

As a role model to many adolescents, Caricia has used her skills to deliver motivational and business advice to students from various schools including the Kingstown Technical Institute and the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College. In November 2007 she was awarded Searchlight’s Newspaper, YUTE model of the month.

Caricia attributes her accomplishments to God and her family and close friends have also played instrumental roles in her business and personal development.

Her favourite quote; “Strength is our tenacity. One quote we greatly adore is “strength grows in the moments when you think you can’t go on, but you keep going anyway – Unknown.”

“Follow your dreams, DREAM BIG! Whatever goal you set out to achieve, you must first believe; believe that with a little faith, things become possible.” 
 

CHRISTAL OLIVER

“OLIVE ART DESIGNS” @oliveartsvg

In 2009, Christal Oliver breathed life into her fashion accessory brand Olive Art Designs (OAD) as she sat in a laboratory at the St. Vincent Girls’ High School stitching together her first bag. Fast forward a decade, and Christal is breathing new life and history into OAD, as the winner of Invest SVG’s inaugural ‘Pitch It Vincy’ initiative.

A firm believer in the power of education, Christal is a past student of the St. Vincent Girls’ High School, where she graduated in 2007.


Christal went on to graduate from the SVG Community College in 2009- Division of Arts Sciences and General Studies with CAPE passes in Chemistry, Biology. Although she pursued the Science subjects academically, her passion was in the creative field. Given her current pursuits, Christal is already well on her way to fulfilling her goals of being a fashion designer, manufacturing manager and motivational speaker. In 2009, she embarked on the path of entrepreneurship; starting Olive Art Designs – a bag design and manufacturing business/brand.

She is currently pursuing Management Studies and Entrepreneurship at the UWI Open Campus, and plans to formally study Fashion and Design. She is also a musician with a great love for the steel pan. .

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