A Season of Exclusive Premiers with HBO

Starting this Saturday evening viewers throughout the Caribbean and Latin America will be able to enjoy a variety television movies premiers that will make them laugh, cry, tremble and even believe all on HBO, beginning with the exclusive television premiere of the popular Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
With each movie starting at 10:00pm, here’s a rundown of the premiers, exclusively on HBO:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – November 5th: Thirty years after the Empire’s defeat, the galaxy faces a new threat.  Nominated for five Oscar® Awards and with over $2 billion dollars in box-office sales around the world, the seventh episode of this saga is a unique cinematic experience that brings together not only the main actors from the first film, but also a great cast including: Harrison Ford; Mark Hamill ; Carrie Fisher and Oscar® winner, Lupita Nyong’o.

Black Mass – November 12th: Starring Johnny Deep, Kevin Bacon, Benedict Cumberbatch and Dakota Johnson, Black Mass is based on the true story of the most infamous and violent criminal in the history of South Boston who became an FBI informant to bring down a mafia family. This biographical drama is directed by Scott Cooper.

Zootopia – November 19th: From the creators of Disney’s Tangled and Wreck It Ralph comes this fun animated film, written and directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore, about a city inhabited by animals (where humans don’t exist) where a rookie rabbit police officer and a cynical con-artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.  Disney’s Zootopia includes the participation of Shakira voicing Gazelle, in Spanish and English, along with Idris Elba.

The Intern – November 26th: Directed by Nancy Meyers and with performances by Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway and Rene Russo, The Intern tells the poignant yet funny story of Ben, a 70 year old widower who is bored with his life as a retired man and begins working as an intern at an online fashion company.  His boss, Jules Ostin, a young, demanding and dynamic workaholic, has no intentions on giving him any tasks to complete, however, Ben demonstrates that he is not only very capable, but that he is also a source of support and wisdom for her.

The 5th Wave – December 3rd: After four waves of alien attacks, each deadlier than the last, have destroyed a large part of the Earth, Cassie finds herself in a desperate attempt to flee in order to save her younger brother. Along the way, she meets a man that could become their last hope, if only she could trust him. Starring Chloë Grace Mortez, the film is directed by J Blakeson.

Risen – December 10th: In the year 33 AD, a Roman tribune is assigned to find the body of a Jewish man that is rumored to have risen from the dead.  Written and directed by Kevin Reynolds along with Paul Aiello, Risen tells the biblical story of the Resurrection through the eyes of a non-believer, Clavius, a powerful Roman soldier and his aide, Lucius. Together, they must solve the mystery of what happened after the crucifixion of Jesus and put an end to the rumors of a resurrected messiah. The film stars Joseph Fiennesand Tom Felton.

TheJungle Book – December 17th: Almost 50 years after its first stint on the big screen, Walt Disney Pictures presents the live action remake of the classic film, The Jungle Book. With a one of a kind cast whose voices bring to life these known characters, this film for the entire family chronicles the adventure of Mowgli, the “man cub” who must face the dangers of the forest after the tiger, Shere Khan threatens his village.  Guided by the panther, Bagheera, and the bear, Baloo, Mowgli also sets out on a path of self-discovery.

Krampus – December 24th: A boy who isn’t having a good Christmas accidentally unleashes a demonic spirit.  Krampus is the ancestral evil force that punishes the unbelievers, turning Christmas icons into monsters, and dragging them to Hell.  This comedy horror film is the perfect lesson in why you should keep the Christmas spirit alive.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 – December 31st: Parenting and marriage is becoming tougher and tougher for Toula and her husband Ian, whose daughter is considering attending college away from home. To add, the Portokalos must now plan an even bigger Greek wedding for their parents when they realize that they were never legally married.  The original cast including Nia Vardalos and Josh Corbett return for the second installment of the fun family film.

In addition to enjoying HBO’s latest movie releases at the time they are broadcast, viewers can also watch them anytime, anywhere on HBO GO. The online entertainment platform includes a catalog of over 2,500 titles, also including episodes of the most popular series on HBO and MAX.  HBO GO is available via www.hbogola.com, downloading the app for your mobile device (with iOS or Android) or on Xbox 360 (for Xbox Live users).

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Hyatt Regency Trinidad’s Hyatt Thrives in 2016

The Hyatt Regency Trinidad, the Caribbean’s leading business hotel, encourages its employees to take part in community service throughout the year by sponsoring events, donating to non-profit organizations and encouraging healthy lifestyles. All of these efforts are supported by Hyatt’s corporate responsibility program, Hyatt Thrive, which helps ensure that the company, its hotels, employees and communities grow thoughtfully. 

“We aim for all facets of our work to enhance the local community and environment, while instilling a greater level of camaraderie amongst our team, which ultimately translates into a better guest experience,” said General Manager Russell George. “Our team continues to lead by example by working hard to enrich Port of Spain and the surrounding communities.”

Hyatt Regency Trinidad’s Hyatt Thrive highlights of 2016 include:

  • 25 Hyatt Associates and their families participated the Health & Wellness Walk Sunday, March 13th, 2016 to create awareness of the importance of personal health & wellness.
  • Hyatt Regency Trinidad hosted the ‘Day of Caring’ from Monday, April 4th through Friday, April 8th, 2016, which associations donated non-perishable items that were donated to Rainbow Rescue home for boys, which houses socially displaced boys from the ages of 11-17.
  • On May 22nd, 2016, the hotel participated in United Way’s ‘Day of Giving’ during which 45 Hyatt employees donated their time and resources for two days to repaint the exterior and perimeter walls of Rainbow Rescue home for boys.
  • From June through October, each department embarks on a departmental activity of their own, keeping in line with the Thrive Pillars. Some employees plant trees, others spend time with children or the elderly and some participate in educational drives to spread awareness of initiatives including organ and blood donations. For the Christmas season, the hotel also partners with one of the organizations they work with during the year to support and bring some love and cheer to the community.
  • During the months of July and August, Hyatt Regency Trinidad sponsored a Back to School Drive, encouraging associates to purchase stationery items and school supplies for boys staying at the Rainbow Rescue home to help them prepare for the upcoming school year.

As part of Hyatt Thrive, Hyatt associates come together in a brand-wide effort to improve the many communities around the world that they call home. This initiative empowers over 90,000 Hyatt associates at more than 480 hotels worldwide to help communities do one thing ­– thrive – by focusing on four areas; environmental sustainability, economic development and investment, education and personal advancement and health and wellness.

To learn more about the Hyatt Thrive initiative, visit their website : http://thrive.hyatt.com/

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Miss Universe Jamaica Isabel Dalley Graces The Cover of PANACHE Magazine

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Miss Universe Jamaica Isabel Dalley, is the cover girl of PANACHE Magazine’s Autumn Issue. She is presently preparing to compete for the Miss Universe title to be held later in the Philippines. Isabel tells PANACHE all about her journey to date and the advice she would give to young ladies pursuing their dreams. She confesses what she is most excited about doing in the near future and how best to handle criticism.

In this issue we have features from the Karibbean Kollective showcasing some of the Caribbean’s best handbag designers; the PANACHE team escapes to the tropical city of Miami to experience major events like the Miami Broward Carnival, plus discover Little Havana, the Historic Lyric Theatre and more. Other features include our spotlight on a special group of Girl Bosses who are making their mark as young entrepreneurs; Mr. Physique Jamaica- Dennis Davis and his tips on staying healthy; we spotlight how Jamaicans reveled at Rio bringing Brand Jamaica to life in Brazil during the Olympics!

In our Health and Wellness section we take a look into the state of autism in Jamaica? Our writer Chrystal Smith speaks with parents of autistic children as well as examines support currently available on the island. Join us on an epicurean journey as we explore restaurants to try when visiting Miami, including Ortanique, ZEST, BRAVA, El Cristo and Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. From fine dining to amazing family fun- there is a little bit for everyone in this issue.

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THE MAGAZINE

PANACHE is the premier fashion, beauty and lifestyle magazine based here in Kingston, Jamaica… It is “The Trusted Voice on Caribbean Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle”. This lifestyle glossy covers a plethora of topics including fashion, beauty, travel, food, lifestyle, love, sex and more. The publication has a per issue readership of 105,000 in USA, Jamaica, Canada, UK and the wider Caribbean and reaches over 500,000 per month via its online channels. The brand synonymous with style, sophistication and is a leading content exporter of Brand Jamaica and the Caribbean to the world. The magazine is published four times per year: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. It is available in print and digital editions via www.panachejamagazine.com

Karibbean Kollective Curations

Apart from a good pair of shoes, handbags are the Caribbean woman’s favourite way to accessorize an outfit. From totes to clutches to mini-bags and weekenders there is nothing like the skill, craftsmanship and attention to detail that Caribbean Handbag designers pour into each piece that they create. Here are five Caribbean Owned hand-bag brands that you should shop now.

JoVew By Makisa- Trinidad & Tobago

Photo courtesy: JoVew by MAKISA | To shop the collection, visit: www.jovewbymakisa.com/
Photo courtesy: JoVew by MAKISA | To shop the collection, visit: http://www.jovewbymakisa.com/

Known for her love for florals and pastels, designer Makisa Lewis was born and raised in the Caribbean island of Trinidad. She graduated from the Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design with her BFA in Fashion Design in 2012. After graduating she worked as an assistant designer in a fashion clothing company for a couple years, then launched her accessory brand, JoVew by MAKISA in 2014.

Twig & Pearl- Belize

Twig & Pearl is a fashion and lifestyle brand, partnering with artisans and nature to offer beautiful, curated collections of high-quality handcrafted fashion and lifestyle products that are made from a minimum of 75% natural materials (Leather, wood, cotton, silk, hemp, stone, etc). We believe that the best way to leave behind a healthy environmental and social footprint is to create products that are thoughtfully designed, well made from high-quality sustainable materials, and are carefully manufactured in small batches by people who genuinely love and believe in the product they are creating.

Drevait Handbag- Trinidad & Tobago

•Photo courtesy: Drevait Handbags| To shop the collection, visit: www.facebook.com/drevaitofficial
•Photo courtesy: Drevait Handbags| To shop the collection, visit: http://www.facebook.com/drevaitofficial

Drevait is a locally-crafted handbag brand that designs limited, one-of-a-kind, and made-to-order pieces, which offer a refreshing take on the Caribbean aesthetic. As the name describes, Drevait caters to the woman who is always on-the-go, with only one mission in mind: To experience life.

Pascale Theard- Haiti

•Photo courtesy: Pascale Theard| To shop the collection, visit: www.pascaletheardcreations.com
•Photo courtesy: Pascale Theard| To shop the collection, visit: http://www.pascaletheardcreations.com

High quality craftsmanship leather accessories. Hand-made in Haiti

Ikesha Art- St. Vincent & the Grenadines

•Photo courtesy: Ikesha Art| To shop the collection, visit: www.instagram.com/ikeshaart/
•Photo courtesy: Ikesha Art| To shop the collection, visit: http://www.instagram.com/ikeshaart/

Handcrafted bags made in St. Vincent & The Grenadines.

Jamaicans Revel In Rio!

Once again the Jamaican tenacity and splendid athleticism have left the world in awe. This past summer, the XXXI Olympiad staged in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil showcased Jamaica’s undeniable talents and fervour to the world. Our athletes, have most definitely dominated the track and captured the hearts of people worldwide. It is with utmost pride and respect that we say, congratulations!  Thanks to all athletes for your immeasurable sacrifices and dedication; your efforts that produced medals, broke records and claimed multiple spots in the annals of history. Without those spectacular performances of our Olympians, there would be no Jamaican excitement and pride exuded through the activities that were hosted at Jamaica Tourist Board’s (JTB) Jamaica House.

The JTB and Jamaica House

The Ministry of Tourism through the JTB took the opportunity to relaunch Jamaica House in Brazil following its premier success at the 2012 London Olympics. The overarching objectives of the Jamaica House initiative were explained to PANACHE by the Director of Tourism at the JTB, Paul Pennicook. He stated that “the Jamaica Tourist Board uses the Jamaica House platform at major international sporting events to promote Destination Jamaica and share Jamaica’s culture, heritage and cuisine. He added that “Jamaica House was also the nucleus for successful networking sessions for the destination. Tourism officials, as well as our partners, engaged local tour operators, travel agents and airline partners in business-to-business meetings to drive visitors to the island.”

Brazil and Jamaica share a love for music, food and socializing, therefore, the atmosphere created in this staging of Jamaica House was expected to attract much attention from locals and tourists alike. When compared to the 2012 event in London which had approximately 35000 patrons giving support, this staging saw support from some 20000 patrons. Though the numbers were substantially smaller in Rio, it must be noted that a large portion of the support received for the London event came from members of the Jamaican diaspora.

The Atmosphere

The event was held from the 10th – 21st of August at the Prado Jockey Club, Gàvea which is located to the southern end of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.  The festivities ran from 2pm to midnight and showcased Jamaica’s culture in the form of presentations, culinary exposés, dance classes and consumer promotions. The cuisine was prepared by Glenroy Walker, senior group Executive Chef at Sandals Resorts; his menu included authentic Jamaican Jerk Pork and Chicken, Curry and a plethora of other dishes. Without a doubt, music was a central attraction and the event had a resident disc jockey, DJ Narity, who entertained patrons nightly.  Additionally, other performances were done on select nights by some of Jamaica’s musical ambassadors namely, Kymani Marley, I-Octane, Nature and Luciano.

DJ Narity gave PANACHE his overview of the event in saying “Once I arrived at the venue, it literally reminded me of Jamaica, the layout of the venue itself had a laid back yet fun vibe to it.” He expressed that throughout the days Reggae music was the dominant genre being played but the crowds were quite fine with whatever he chose to play.

According to the JTB, Jamaica House Rio 2016 was ranked as one of the best places to be by Brazilian media houses and was captured by other entities such as CNN, MSNBC, E News along with others throughout the period of the Olympic games. It was also mentioned that not only was there appeal to locals and tourists, a myriad of athletes from multiple countries visited the event as well; as a result, thousands of people had to be turned away each night due to the unavailability of space. A further example of the large numbers of patrons that arrived was given by the JTB; it was stated that the maximum quota of 1000 meal servings per night was always exceeded due to the large crowds and the high demand for Jamaican authentic cuisine.

The Experiences

PANACHE is delighted to share some of the wonderful experiences had by Jamaicans who visited the Jamaica House.

Director Pennicook stated: “I had the opportunity to be there, and each night, long lines of patrons snaked around the street to experience a taste of Jamaica through music, live performances, food and beverage offerings.  In fact, activities at Jamaica House whet the appetite of the over 20,000 patrons with the diverse and unforgettable experiences that await when they choose Jamaica as they vacation on the island.”

As the resident DJ, Narity shared that there were many things to mark as memorable happenings in Jamaica House every night. “On any night Jamaica competed in a final there was a heightened level of excitement. But I would say my most memorable moment was when Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Kemar Bailey- Cole and Nickel Ashmeade won the 4×100 meter final. It sealed Usain’s record as being the only Olympian to achieve the feat of winning 3 gold medals in 3 consecutive Olympics. The venue was full to capacity and everyone there was jumping and celebrating.”

Mrs Jean Lowrie-Chin, Communications Consultant, Seniors Advocate, Author and Newspaper Columnist also took the time to share her Rio, Jamaica House memories.  Mrs. Chin summed up the experience in three words: “Lovely, really excellent.” She commented on the quality of the food and lauded Chef Glenroy Walker by saying that “the food tasted really authentic, the Chef was wonderful.” With respect to the musical performances, she stated that “one of the memorable events for me was the night Kymani Marley performed his father’s classics. It rained that night and what amazed me were the long lines of people outside standing in the rain with the hope of entering the venue.”

Mrs Chin’s message to the athletes was simply this, “a big thank you, you made the trip worthwhile and you made us Jamaicans extremely proud.” For Jamaicans, she added that “it was a huge achievement on the part of our athletes at this Rio Olympics, and we must remember that with or without medals they are all Olympians.” 

Young Entrepreneurs Prove They’re Made of More!

After several rounds of pitches in the Made of More Entrepreneur Challenge (MoMEC), hosted by Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean and The Arthur Guinness Project, Mandeville-based businesswoman Lacey-Ann Bartley of Bartley’s All in Wood got the highest points and received her full loan ask of $5000. The 29 year old was among 8 business owners who made their final presentations to a panel of 7 judges at the ATL Showroom at the Branson Centre in Montego Bay on Friday.

 

“It’s a win for all of us. We are all building businesses and this journey has introduced me to some wonderful entrepreneurs. All in Wood is about to buy well needed machines to meet the demand and systemise our operations,” said Bartley. The entrepreneurs were given the opportunity to pitch for a purse of US$130,000 of which US$10,000 was given in grant form to the company that demonstrated the most socially impactful business concept. Carol Lue of Caribshare Biogas walked away with that prize. The remaining US$120,000 in loans was divided among the companies who delivered successful business pitches. Business owners made a request of the judges and five of the eight finalists were granted access to their loan based on their ability to repay and their ability to grow and scale their businesses. Loans were granted to the businesses at a 4% interest rate. Other winners of the challenge included Theo Smith of Great House Caterers who received a US$25,000 loan, Craslyn Benjamin of Benlar Foods who got a US$40,000 loan and Sean Morgan-DMS Dental & Medical Supplies who received a US$35,000 loan. Randy McLaren of Bresheh also got a loan of US$15,000.

The competition comes as a result of a two year old partnership between the Sir Arthur Guinness Project and the Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship-Caribbean, geared at providing innovative funding opportunities for local companies and start-ups.
Lisa Lake, CEO of the Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship opened the day’s proceedings welcoming members of the Jamaican business community. Imru James, Brand Manager of Guinness revelled with the winners at their success in acquiring funding for their businesses. “The Sir Arthur Guinness Projects are geared at impacting the communities in which we distribute. We believe that we build Jamaica by being a part of social change and one way that happens is through the growth of small businesses in our locale. Our vision coincides with that of the Branson Centre so it is a seamless partnership”.
Sean Morgan of DMS Medical Supplies is encouraged by his award and is confident his business will catapult. “The issue that this award will solve is the ability to source and manage inventory to meet large contracts and customer demand. Access to capital for a small business continues to be a challenge for small businesses and affects our ability to meet customer demand.”
Randy McLaren of Bresheh, who appeared a crowd favourite given his emphatic and eloquent pitch, believes in building Jamaica by making Jamaican products to serve Jamaicans. McLaren is a well-known social advocate for youth and offers a wide variety of custom made bags including school bags, corp lunch bags and custom made bags provided for corporate companies locally and internationally. In his pitch he posited that over 600,000 backpacks are imported into Jamaica each year to a value of $300 million. McLaren has formed local partnerships to sell his bags to Jamaicans, made by Jamaicans and customized under his Bresheh brand.
The competition was judged by local businessmen and women who hail across local and Caribbean industries. Included were Anna Jones, Entrepreneurship Director of Virgin Unite, Blandine JnPaul-Reid, Head of Marketing & Innovation at Red Stripe Jamaica, David Hall, Chairman of the Branson Centre and CEO of VIP Attractions, Marcus Richards, Founder and Managing Director of Greystone Capital, Mark Anderson, Managing Director of Virgin Holidays, Mark McIntosh VP of Portland Holdings and Branson Centre Board Member and Sandra Glasgow Managing Director of Biztactics and Founding Member of First Angels Jamaica. |P|

Meet Our #GirlBosses!

The “It’s a man’s world” saying is officially outdated! Women are the ones running the world nowadays.
A study done by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2015 found that Jamaica had the highest proportion of women managers, globally, ahead of countries like the United States and the United Kingdom, with 59%. How’s that for girl power? On the International scene, from Hilary Clinton’s presidential campaign, to Michelle Obama and Oprah chatting it up at to Beyoncé’s “Lemonade album causing a frenzy within the music industry; women everywhere are proving that 2016 is a woman’s year and it is all about girl power.

When it comes to business, people tend to think that is a man’s area of expertise; but this is not so. Women are now controlling their finances, building their businesses and running their empires. In Jamaica, there are a multitude of women entrepreneurs. Forget the jumpsuits and denim shorts and clear boots; owning your own business has become the newest, most popular trend among young women and PANACHE is here for it!

Here are 5 young women that currently university students and embody everything it means to be a Girl Boss.

Christen Romans

Shanice Allen

Shanice Allen is a 19-year-old, Marketing major at UWI, Mona. She’s also the owner of Damn I’m Glammed, an online based store which provides jewelry and accessories for females. This fashionista started this business to have a taste of independence and since to loves to accessorize, this line of products was a match made in accessory heaven. Shanice has a very large following on social media (166k Instagram followers) and this works very well in her favour. She is often seen promoting local brands and stores, as well as international companies such as Flat Tummy Tea. Damn I’m Glammed, started just January 2016, already has over 6000 followers on Instagram and is in high demand by women all across Jamaica. She also offers international shipping for her customers that are located outside of Jamaica. Although she loves to dress up and go out, this girl boss is definitely focused. She plans to expand her business within the next 5 years, to include a physical store and including a line of male accessories. By then, Shanice will hopefully be a UWI graduate, pursuing her second degree and still being “glammed”.

Shaundel Campbell

“Picasso baby”, 20-year-old, Shaundel Campbell is among Jamaica’s group of young, talented artists. Shaundel is a third year psychology major at UWI, Mona and even though she enjoys picking people’s brains, art is her life. Less than a year ago, Shaundel was encouraged to enter an art show in Kingston. From that, came great exposure and she later earned a place in the Imago Mundi Project- an Italian catalogue capturing art around the world. Shaundel landed a job as an illustrator for children’s books and was a part of the ‘Kingston on the Edge’ art show for 2016. She runs her business being an illustrator, tattoo designer and a wall art designer. Shaundel admits it is not easy. The most difficult part of being the girl boss that she is, is time management; but the support from her friends, clients and even strangers on social media, like Protoje, keep her going. Shaundel is the true meaning of an artist and would love to host events to showcase the work of fellow local artists. She sees her future self’s work being in galleries, books, homes and as tattoos on people’s skin and she’s currently working on making that dream her reality.

Christen Romans

Final year Law student, 22-year-old, Christen Romans is the definition of innovative and hardworking. Her impressive line of jewelry is not your average looking accessories. Chrissy’s Coils is a handmade jewelry line, made by Christen herself, using wires. She has always been interested in jewelry and wanted to start a business that reflected her personal style; the hard part was sourcing the materials to make these interesting accessories. It has been over a year since Chrissy’s Coils has been up and running and she has gained immense support. Catering to fashionistas, carnival girls and simply women that want to spice up their outfits, Christen’s unique designs make quite a statement. She was a part of Popup Shop Jamaica’s initiative in 2015, on their mission to boost entrepreneurship and promote creative minds. Being a law student and an entrepreneur is not easy. The most difficult task for Christen is how to manage her time; and while her business is important, she makes school her number one priority. She admits that she wants to expand her business to help create jobs on the local market (like a true girl boss) and have her line be supported regionally and internationally.

Waynette Strachan

It’s hard to believe that Waynette Strachan is just 20 years old. At such a young age, she already has a long list of accomplishments and is a true girl boss. “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire”- this is a way of life for the youth activist and serves as motivation whenever she starts a new venture. Waynette has been known to be affiliated with Politics as she is the current Youth Mayor for Kingston and St. Andrew but those who see her on social media know that she has also has another passion- fashion. She was part-owner of the online store Rich Way, which gained a lot of popularity among young women in Jamaica. In October 2015, after months of careful planning and research, Waynette branched off to do her own business and started Shoetique; a business that offers female shoes for all occasions. What started out as an online store on Instagram soon turned into a physical dream. The support from local celebrities and women, both in Jamaica and internationally was surprisingly overwhelming and the demand for products from Shoetique grew beyond expectations and Waynette opened her first physical store in 2016, located in Savannah Plaza, Half Way Tree, Kingston. Waynette does in all in true girl boss fashion, being an entrepreneur, youth mayor and a student at UWI, Mona pursuing her Bachelors in Communications. But she has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.

Gabrielle Clarke

Gabby Clarke is a fabulous, Afrocentric, dental student at UWI, Mona. This 20-year-old is not your average dental student. She had always been in love with sewing and the idea of making her own clothes to reflect her personal style. In November 2015, she was encouraged to showcase a few of her designs in a local fashion show. She loved the exposure she received and the thrill of being recognized as a local designer; so much so that she decided to start her own business. Regardless of the struggle to start-up, Quaint by GSC was started; an Afrocentric clothing line which includes bikinis, tops and backpacks. Her backpacks have become the most popular of all the items she designs, as they are made for both men and women. Over the past year, Gabrielle was called to show her designs on Smile Jamaica (not once, but twice). This opportunity has led to even more support from Jamaicans. It’s not easy being a dental student and a fashion designer. As all girl bosses would agree, Gabrielle says she focuses on her studies once school is in session. It is challenging but she handles it well and remains positive. Gabrielle is only a dental student and entrepreneur but she hopes that in the next few years, she will be a dentist and a leading fashion designer in Jamaica with stores all over the island.