Virginie de Vinsterhas ploughed an unusual furrow. She did not go to design school. Neither did she work at the big fashion houses. Her university was Africa, where she worked for 15 years. She learned during her travels through the Sahel, Ivory Coast, Benin, Togo and Ghana.
In 2006, Virginie experimented making clothes out of wax fabric, in an attempt to mix the traditional African cloth with more western-style cuts. She enjoyed playing with new colours and creating different clothes. After having mainly used African wax fabric, she decided to customise the French Marcel, a white tank top. She achieved immediate success at a trade fair where her first customers were Japanese buyers... This paved the way for the birth of her eponymous brand: V. de Vinster.