E. Antonia Hunt
New York trained fashion designer, Ms. Elvatanza A. Hunt, has over 20 years of industry experience. Her expertise in women's apparel and children's wear design, fabrication and marketing, garnered her several awards: Ruth Scarf's Design Critic's Award, Adam and Sophie Gimbel Fashion Design award and Patrick Air Force Base Fine Craft's Award. She is an honor graduate from the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology, where she earned both her Associate in Applied Science and Bachelors of Fine Arts degrees (AAS and BFA) Magna Cum Laude. Ms. Hunt also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from Florida Institute of Technology, located in Melbourne, Florida. While attending Florida Tech, she was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Ms. Hunt has developed and taught sewing workshops and life skills classes in many venues such as, Tree of Life Ministries, Honduras, Patrick Air Force Base, and in the Brevard Public School system as a Certified Family and Consumer Science Teacher.
Ms. Hunt has served as a guest speaker for organizations such as the Junior League of South Brevard, Southwest Junior High School and Brevard Community College (renamed Eastern Florida State College)
As a former member of the Junior League of South Brevard, she served on committees that developed training workshops for Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army. She is also the founder of the organization, Sewing Seeds of Love, a mentoring club for teens, which donated puppets to the oncology ward at Arnold Palmers Children's Hospital in Orlando Florida. Club members also helped to create window seat cushions for Stone Middle School's media center in Melbourne, Florida. The cushions created a "comfy" place for students to encourage developing their reading skills and interests.
Ms. Hunt is an active member and Ordained minister of Truth Revealed International Ministries and conducts ministry classes for The Good News Jail Ministry. She is also an active member of Freedom Christian Center's Dance team, “The Freedom Dancers”. Additionally, she serves as a mentor for The Take Stock in Children Organization of Brevard County.
As Owner and Designer, she operates her children's boutique, Snugglepuffs, in Historic Downtown Melbourne, Florida, and continues to design under that label. Her designs appeared in the national magazine Baby Years and could be found throughout many states in small boutiques and department stores. Ms. Hunt was included in Who's Who among business owners and featured in Florida Today's Movers and Shakers.
Her most recent endeavor is her upscale boutique and workroom, Elvatanza LLC, which is also located in Historic Downtown Melbourne where she designs Custom Bridal apparel, Christening gowns, First Communion dresses, and Flower girl dresses.
Ms. Hunt's passion for sewing began at an early age with sewing doll clothes (5). Her fondest memories include altering one of her mother's favorite suits to fit her girl's size twelve frame; this became the driving force for her parents to stock her with fabric to aid in the designing process.
Over the years, her designs have embodied a classic, timeless couture look, and she brings this unique flair to all of her designs, leaving a lasting and exhilarating impression.