The Name Project seeks to understand how our names shape our character and the role it plays in our identity.
Some reflect our cultural backgrounds.
Others are indicative of our parents’ values, interest and ideologies.
This week’s Name Project features owner of Nomad Yard, Desiree Venn Frederic. Desiree is a careful antiquarian, whose store indeed reflects her nomadic spirit, carrying goods from all corners of the world. Through this purposefully curated space inhabited by vintage goods is also a place that documents history. Here, black memorabilia and artifacts from Africa, Asia and South America reconnect us not only to American history but world history. Nomad Yard is far more than a place to shop but a microcosm of essentially the universe and is situated in a part of DC that seems both forgotten yet newly “discovered” thanks to the irony that is gentrification. The spirit of ancestors are there yet so is that heavily sought after vintage Chanel coat.
Desiree was named by her mother, who while living in Senegal feel in love with the verb ‘je desire’ which means I desire. She held it in her heart and after wanting her first child to be a girl named her Desiree...fulfilling her desire. While ‘desire’ has played an interesting role in Desiree’s life, she is clear that she is an active participant in the reality she is creating for herself.
We all have a name, that subsequently has a story. Here is Desiree’s name story.
Directed and shot by Antoinette Brock. Post production/editing by http://fromforeign.co