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Debra Garrett
(EMIOLA- my chosen African name)

emiola geechee girlArtist/Designer Debra Garrett was born in Mc Clellanville, SC, a small fishing village fifty miles north of Charleston, SC. Obtained a B.S in Sociology from the College of Charleston in 1978.  Lived away for about fifteen years between Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta, GA and was influenced by  the melting pot of cultures and traditions in these locations..

Growing up, I have always appreciated a unique freestyle look in fashion.  Upon returning to Charleston, SC in 1995, I opened Geechee Girl Alterations and Accent.  After the tailoring part of my business ran its course, staying true to my esthetics, I began designing clothing, jewelry,handbags, and Gullah baskets.

I am humbled and feel blessed to showcase my ever-changing handcrafted designs in the Historic Open Air Charleston City Market since 2001.

Geechee Originals presents an exclusive collection of mostly one of a kind, hand tailored designs. Our product is handcrafted with pride in Charleston, SC. The goal of Geechee Originals is to provide our customer with a quality product that is made in the United States. Geechee Originals…. A Yes I Can Company.


  • Be True to yourself
  • Hard Work
  • Patience
  • Tenacity
  • Faith