Michelle Cole Wagner
Michelle Cole Wagner is an international designer and corporate executive of her brand COLEFACTS. As a teenager, Michelle designed the wardrobe for a high school fashion contest and hasn’t looked back since and by using her unique creative ability she has made herself and her brand an international trademark.
In addition to design and/or creative direction for Ashdon Brands which include Yumi Katsura Couture, Victor Harper, Victor Harper Couture, Cristiano Lucci, Ashley & Justin & Zoey Grey and for one of Japan’s and the world highest regarded Designers – Yumu Katsura.
Cleghorn is also highly regarded as a fashion industry expert. Responsible for the development and execution of strategic initiatives, creative direction, day to day operations, and long term growth plan. Management responsibilities for product development, merchandise planning, information systems, eCommerce, marketing, advertising, PR and business development.
He worked as a contract designer for twenty eight years, with brands such as Dolce and Gabbana for nine years, designing and producing couture looks for there celebrity clients such as Madonna, Missy Elliot and Mary J Blige.
Andrew Harris, Jr.
With only 4 years of designing experience under his belt, Andrew Harris is already a force to reckon in the fashion industry claiming the Designer of the Year title Guyana in 2008 and being nominated for the 2009 Caribbean Fashion Awards, just to mentions a few. His exquisite Designs has graced Magazines and Catwalks across the region receiving raving reviews. At age 21 year old, Andrew the first of four siblings and a graduate of the E.R Burrows School of Arts has his eyes set on a bigger and brighter future in the industry, becoming one of the most sought after men’s wear designer.
I am Sapphire Autumn Rose, aka d’Obvious Rose, a 10-year-old Fashion Designer.
My objectives are to ensure that my designs reflect me as I go through the various stages of growing up. I really would want my designs to represent beauty, freshness, and creativity in a multilayered concept. My aim is to start with kids’ fashion and accessorize them, then to move into other fields as I grow older.
I would like my designs to inspire young girls like me to achieve their dreams by fulfilling their hearts’ desire. I think it is important for them to allow their dream to become something they enjoy doing — filled with fun.
Dream. Believe. Achieve.
More about me at dobviousrose.com
The first of five children, Mark Anthony Scott was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica and raised by his grandparents in a neighbouring parish, Trelawny.
At an early age it was discovered that Mark had an eye for color, detail, style and fashion. So much so that he used to “dress up” all the time and set the trend for his peers. In High School, he even got a distinction in Clothing and Textile at the highest exam level.
After nine years of experience in the Fashion Industry, further honing of his skills and numerous accolades bestowed upon him for his outfits; Mark Anthony Designs (exclusive custom-made shirts) was born in January 2009.
Since then, he has done numerous prestigious Fashion Shows in Jamaica, Atlanta and Connecticut and was the 2013 winner of Connecticut Fashion week.
Pamela Fox was born on a plantation deep in the lush Amazonian heart of Guyana. She was taught traditional weaving and stitch-work skills by her mother which she applies to her designs.
Her designs truly reflects the Caribbean spirit strength, struggle and positivity while showcasing the unique beauty of Guyana and its traditions.
Sidney L Francois
With over sixteen years of memorable experiences in the fashion industry, the name Francois Designs has not only become a local name here in Guyana, but also the Caribbean and North America.
In school, I always had a keen interest in the field of art and would take meticulous time in preparing anything that was given to me. Whenever it was time for art class, I was always given props for my own personal interpretation of the different techniques of art.
In just a few short years I look forward to having my clothing in many stores across the Caribbean. My biggest goal is to grace the stages of Paris and Milan, and of course I continue to remain Guyanese and humble!
Niki Luria is a Fashion Designer and the creator of Nikini Resort Wear. Her passion for resort and swimwear began when she lived on Margarita Island, Venezuela. It was living in this paradise that inspired her to create a brand dedicated to high fashion while having fun in the sun! Nikini’s goal is for every woman to feel confident and beautiful while on vacation, at the beach or poolside. Her collections offer flattering silhouettes, unique designs, and bright colors, Nikini will make you shine! Fit and durability are built into each suit. Niki Luria will continue to design pieces that excite and innovate the fabulous movement of resort and swimwear.
David Rolle is a Bahamian artist who began work on his clothing line “Raphelita” in 2012.
He was an honor student at Parsons School of Design in NYC with works featured in magazines and runways worldwide.
In 2015, he was the winner of the Season 5 edition on Mission Catwalk All stars. He has also captured numerous fashion awards including National awards as an outstanding young business professional.
Randy Madray is a twenty five year old fashion designer who was born in Georgetown Guyana to an East Indian father and mixed race mother. At the age of 15, because if his successes in the arts in school and his evident love for fashion, Randy was proposed by his closest cousin, Javanna, to enter into a fashion designing competition, FACTS, for students. Being the youngest he was quite nervous but emerged the winner of 3 of the five prejudged segments and eventually the over all winner. At this point Randy would have been mentored by Michelle Cole, Natasha Martindale and Trevor Rose in the competition who provided much support. Winning awarded him The Student Designer of the Year 2009 Award.
This year makes ten years since Rand Madray has been designing and to celebrate this, the brand will be launching a new collection at the St. Croix Style and Fashion Week in April and at The Guyana Fashion Showcase in Guyana in May. Randy hopes for yet another productive year and looks forward to one filled with new opportunities and growth. He believes that humility is important but you must know your worth! If you live what you do, you never have to work a day!
The Pearl of West Africa, known as Lome, Togo birthed a human jewel within its port city of palm and coconut trees, cultural tradition and craft. His name is Raif, founder of the beloved and successful Raif Atelier, now L’Atelier Raif. He is the composite of three identities; Togo, his born country, Nigeria, the land of his parents and Paris, France where he apprenticed with some of the worlds best designers.
After nearly two decades Raif set his bold eye to express African culture and identity through an American context. As such, he became a clothing brand in demand by clientele across a breadth of industries: music art and fashion itself.
His clientele has included India Arie, Jill Scott, Angie Stone, Maxi Priest, the late Isaac Hayes, the legendary King Sunny ADE of Nigeria, Luciano, Gayle King, Iyanla Vanzant, Sanaa Lathan, Stephanie Mills, Naughty by Nature’s Treach, and other personalities.
Today, Raif continues to work as an off-continent designer with a voice hinged on the multi- diasporas of Europe and Africa – with layers of skill and technique applied to his studio practice.
The silhouette, the curves, and the volume of the many dresses he brings to life, that how Mwanza Mainza Glenn embraces fashion.
Designing, one of his first loves, has been one of the many talents he have displayed since early childhood. Influenced and encouraged mainly by his mother who sews, along with the many wraps he creates, is how the Wanza’s Designs brand continually persevered in order to enhance his ability as a budding designer.
Respected as a Head Wrap enthusiast,with his Afrocentric aesthetic to fashion, the Wanza’s Designs Brand had blossom , becoming a household brand in Guyana . His back ground in Dance and Dance Choreography, Fashion and Drama has awarded him the 2015 Youth award from the Guyana Cultural Association of New York.
Kejuan’a Ashley Beneby
Kejuan’a Ashley Beneby is a 28-year-old Bahamian born model, artist and designer. Making a break into the fashion industry in the Bahamas at the age of 19 as a model. Kejuan’a is self taught and in 2014 she decided to take this new-found passion for creativity, to the next level. She made her debut and released her first collection as an emerging fashion designer, the finale piece from the debut Monarchy collection was featured on Vogue Italia online.
Through her career in Fashion Kejuan’a has transitioned through various roles from back stage coordinator for fashion shows, to styling high Fashion editorials for the Caribbean magazine Profiles 98. Kejuan’a describes her design aesthetic as comfortably stylish, creating designs fit for the caribbean island life. She continues to strive to push her brand onto the international scene.
Quinton Pearson, Designer of House of Pearson
Quinton Pearson’s fashion designing career bloomed in 2014 after his first successful completion of a fashion design course at the Burrows School of Arts. “House of Pearson” became his brand and now a household name in Guyana. He has been creating “Best Gowns” for beauty pageants locally and internationally ever since and also launched a swimwear line called “BOLD”. Quinton is also known for his generous participation in numerous fund raising activities and fashion shows.
His Spring-Summer 2018 collection was viewed at his first International Fashion and Award Ceremony held in Washington DC last June, he was Guyana’s recipient of the Emerging Designer’s Award 2018. Quinton is now preparing for Guyana Fashion Showcase 2019 and looks forward to an amazing event in the coming months.