I fell in love with meticulous detail, thoughtful presentation, and personal curation through my stops within the fashion industry. I loved how all objects, clothing, music, food, ambiance, “JUST THINGS,” delivers a scene , a moment, an experience.
Starting my career at the Tommy Hilfiger Showroom in NYC, here was my 1st exposure to the planning, laying out, and pulling all the elements of mood, storytelling and setting the stage to present a collection to be sold and ultimately believed by the onlookers of why all of our work is the best thing you have ever seen. (At least for a moment).
I have worked for many American and International apparel companies, and at each stop there were many lessons and experiences. They all had one thing in common, experiences and a point of view. What did they want the client to believe, take home, or become so immersed within the environment, they began to live what the brand stood for? All the Above. While at the Brooklyn Circus, I learned Discipline, Creativity, and most importantly; Do All You Can Do!!!! – with what you have and embrace the riches the surrounding people and environment had to offer. I learned the importance of evolution and the necessity to adapt but to always look forward. At Cartier I learned to create the environment, explore music, lighting, and stress every detail for every scenario that can happen. At Brioni, it was the power of craftsmanship, detail, and elevating your touch, the experience, and the take away. At Giorgio Armani, I was inspired by a unified vision and marriage many disciplines can all live under one roof and the attitude should remain consistent.
THE INFLUENCE CULTURE is important
I was born in the Caribbean, Grenada West Indies, this is a place to experience individuals taking pride in what they had to offer and were filled with joy to tell a story over a meal, any meal. An island and a people which were influenced by many cultures but rich in tradition and filled with a proud sense of self. Entertaining in the Caribbean was a celebration and joyous. Everything came together from the heart and mostly what was available.
TRAVEL WITH PURPOSE
The world has so much to offer. While traveling from country to country and absorbing culture and tradition, I took away, applied, and shared. Observation and becoming immersive in the place and moment, while remaining rooted in my culture aided in my growth as a designer but a host. Keeping your eyes open while abroad allows one to soak in what’s going on around you so it can be expressed in everything you do.