CARIBBEAN STYLE & CULTURE = “The Award Winning Designers”

The Claudia Pegus touch is golden. For many Claudia is the quintessential Caribbean designer, a producer of uncompromising indigenous design and flair.

Pegus, whose name is synonymous with high fashion, good business acumen and a winsome personality has been designing for over the past 34 years,

As a young girl, Claudia left her place of birth, Palo Seco in South Trinidad for Europe  where she worked with some old tailors in Barcelona, Spain, learning how to craft everything by hand using the  traditional methods. From there Claudia travelled throughout the rest of Spain, Switzerland, France, and eventually to Cologne, Germany, where she settled for a while.

Claudia’s style is always elegant and never run of the mill. She has successfully woven the art of fashion design the business of fashion. She is one of the Caribbean designers who have shown their creations throughout the region, the United States, Canada and Europe.

As a consultant she has worked locally and internationally for private groups and governmental agencies in setting up and restructuring of retail and export oriented companies in the fashion industry.

Dedicated to the industry and with a global vision, she recognizes the importance of forging strategic alliances between regional and international designers.

Claudia operates a highly successful business in Woodbrook, Trinidad, supplying both one-of-a-kind and ready to wear fashion garments to wholesale and retail clients worldwide. Her clientele includes local and international models, figures and celebrities including Nadine Willis, Caribbean Heads of State, British MP’s, and life mentor Nelson Mandela.

Claudia’s work has been shown and lauded internationally, regionally and locally at major fashion weeks for over three decades and also works as an Industry Consultant to various regional trade organizations.

Noteable achievements: to name a few,

Appointed Director/Fashion Specialist of an e-commerce company “Designovators” an online portal, Top Caribbean Fashion Designer – Female” Top Country Designer Award Trinidad”.

And most recent, Karib Nation’s “AWARD OF EXCELLENCE”

UZURI INTERNATIONAL

Breathtaking, Awe-Inspiring, Sophisticated, Chic and Luxurious….

These are just a few of the superlatives describing the work of the talented and dynamic fashion duo, Karl Williams and Marc McDermoth and their internationally renowned Uzuri International Designs Brand. The designers blend the colorful, free spirited lifestyle flavors of the Caribbean with the international appeal of high fashion, infusing their larger than life sensibility into every piece created under the Uzuri label.

They are famous for utilizing feathers, crystals, luxurious fabrics and sweeping hemlines, but have become infamous in their native Jamaica for sinfully sexy cuts, seductive silhouettes, and serious thigh-high slits, which their worldwide fans have just discovered and can’t seem to get enough of! Clients range from international film and music stars, politicians, socialite brides, to prom princesses, beauty queens, super models and just the girl or guy next door. The designers have recently been named by Pulse Limited, Master Designers and Global Beauties.

The duo created the elegant and beautiful blue beaded silk evening gown worn by Miss Jamaica Universe’ Yendi Phillipps when she made history and placed second in last year’s Miss Universe Pageant. The duo created history in 2008 when Miss World Chairman, Julia Morley invited them to the Miss World Coronation in South Africa as guest designers to outfit all 112 contestants in a special post opening musical segment, a first for any Caribbean based design house. Uzuri International was  presented with Karib Nation’s “AWARD OF EXCELLENCE” 

LOIS SAMUELS

The Jamaica fashion industry has many stars who have been doing well internationally. However, their way has, for the most part, been paved by models who were “super” long before the term became commonplace.

These former supermodels have been trailblazers, breaking into markets that were previously untapped by talent in the Caribbean; they have the distinction of being the first – and in at least one case the only – to achieve a certain level of success.

They have set the standards by which all other supermodels out of the Caribbean are judged.

Lois Samuels is a trailblazer. She has graced the pages of most major fashion magazines, Essence, American Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, modeled from Banana Republic to Calvin Klein.

With a love for fashion and design from her early years, Lois has now entered the world of  fashion design. “Drawing inspiration from traditional menswear, the Vessel by Lois is for the woman, who appreciates understated sophistication”. LOIS was presented with the “TRAILBLAZER AWARD”

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PATRICIA COATES or Pat as she is more fondly called is a well known name in the Fashion Industry not only in the Caribbean but also Internationally.

Pat, was born and raised in Guyana and it was there she was challenged to making her own clothes as her frustration weighed heavy while waiting in line for a seamstress. She survived the trial and errors of sewing  and was also inspired and supported by her friend and partner Melville, to operate a shop in Georgetown Guyana called The Village Couture.

She prides herself in her business and as is evident in her clothing she always aims for the perfect fit. She believes that presenting a piece of clothing, should be about much more than the style or design but it should include the color, detail, appropriateness and finish. Pat views her creations as an expression of her love for outfitting women and allowing their personality to shine with much confidence.

Pat’s designs have been showcased at numerous fashion shows throughout the world ad she was even nominated for the prestigious Guyanese Designer of the year Award in 2009.

With more than 30yrs in the fashion industry Pat feels very blessed in her career and her accomplishments. She credits her recognition in the fashion industry to her unlimited ambitions determination, and hard work. Pat was presented with the Karib Nation’s “AWARD OF EXCELLENCE”

ROGER GARY

Born in Guyana, South America, Roger demonstrated signs of his love for art and fashion by his unusual and unpredictable creations even at an early age. He attended the E.R Borrowers School of Art in Guyana under to tutorage of the late Dennis Williams and the Jamaica School of Art in Kingston, Jamaica. There, he was encouraged to pursue his true calling, Fashion Design and upon his arrival in New York attended Pratt Institute for a year and the Parsons School of Design.

Roger Gary is steadily making his way up the totem pole of the international fashion scene with a style that is unmatched. He has honed his skills and produced some of the most elegant evening wear, daywear and swimwear for his private clientele and fashion-forward customers. His creations has caught the attention of the print media with editorials and feature articles in Woman’s Wear Daily, NY Daily News, Caribbean Life, Essence Magazine, Unchin Magazine, Gem Magazine, British Pride, She Caribbean, Shabeau Magazine, The JC Report and others. He was the first designer to be featured at the original “Fashion Cafe” in Rockefeller Centre NYC. On television, his creations were features on BCD Instyle, Fox Ch.5, Brooklyn Ch.12, the Miss World and Miss Universe Pageants, BET’s “Spring Bling”, BET’s “Rip The Runway” and VH1/Vogue First Fashion Awards. His collections have been showcased during New York Fashion Week, Brooklyn Fashion Weekend, Caribbean Fashion Week, Style Week Jamaica, Barbados Fashion Week, the preview of Guyana Fashion Xpo and 2009 International Designer’s Show for New York Fashion Week, in spring 2009. Roger was awarded the  Karib Nation’s “AWARD OF EXCELLENCE”

FRANCIS HENDY

Innovative, Creative genius, visionary, are just some of the words used to describe designer FRANCIS HENDY who was named Menswear designer of the year by the 2000 Michael Awards. Based in New York’s Fashion District where he has been in operation for eight years, Hendy focuses on developing his cutting edge style.

His style is daring and fashion forward, always exploring new horizons in color, fabric and design. His vision is fresh and focused allowing him to discern fashion trends and reconcile them with the needs and desires of his clients. Hendy is a natural talent who came to design in his youth, having a mother as a seamstress and a grandfather as a tailor. He grew up in the midst of fashion and design.

Today positioned as one of the rising stars of the industry, he has become a leader in fashion trend forecasting. Hendy maneuvers silk, linen, wool and other fine fabric into perfectly tailored suits and separates. Hendy is also most known for his intricate work with skins, creating pieces that transform leather and suede into fabulous ensembles.

Currently, Hendy teams with top fashion stylist to create designs for recording artist such as Missy Elliott, Usher, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, and Lil John among others. His fashion has also been featured in many leading publications including DNR, WWD, Rolling Stone, and Vibe Magazine. Hendy was also presented with the “AWARD OF EXCELLENCE”

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