The HEART of Pivoting
How Melissa Moses Is Inspiring The Next Generation Of Fashion Designers
From an early age, Kingston-born Melissa has always been immersed in fashion. From sketching in high school to attending university for architecture, the talent was undoubted. It would not be long before she enrolled at the HEART Garmex Academy as if the biggest pivot of her life was predestined.
As a fashion designer, Melissa’s biggest influence is music. She spoke about her collections and the music that inspired them. The confidence she exudes is infectious, and it shows throughout her work. During the start of the 2020 pandemic, through her skills training at HEART, she produced her most successful accessory collection to date – her bag collection. Motivated by a gap in the local market, her skills training, and the energy from her favourite electric MEDUZA soundtrack, Melissa’s collection increased her profits by 60%. Her collection has garnered the interest of some of Jamaica’s most popular personalities, Lisa Hannah and Dr Michelle Charles, to name a few.
If Melissa has taught us one thing, it’s that pivoting is sometimes necessary and to never be intimidated by change. It’s impossible not to leave inspired, so when asked her advice for upcoming designers, it was to simply “go for it”. There’s still so much to be accomplished on the local fashion scene, but with the skills provided by HEART, the sky is the limit – at least that’s what Melissa taught us.
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