IT WAS just two years ago that the name “House of Pearson” appeared on the local fashion scene, but since then, 24-year-old Quinton Pearson has been slowly but steadily making a name for himself as a reckon-worthy force in Guyana’s fashion industry. Quinton actually started designing four years ago, but at the time was just doing sketches and having them sewn. Soon, he enrolled at the Burrowes School of Art where he learned finishing techniques and other valuable designing skills from lecturers who had studied in Trinidad and Tobago.
With his own skills on board, Quinton then decided to start to create his own designs, giving birth to ‘House of Pearson’, and he hasn’t slowed down since.
“House of Pearson represents the entire team of persons who gave me support, and who have been helping me in my dreams,” Quinton said.
“That includes friends and my family. I got very close to that name because my family is 100 per cent supportive to me, and I wanted to have everyone involved in my brand as well.”
The young designer has since shown his designs on various stages, including the last two years’ Wine and Art event hosted by the Rotaract Club of Georgetown Central. He was also named the official designer for the Miss Global International Pageant in Guyana, and has designed gowns, swimsuits and other accessories for the delegates in the last two pageants.
Upon eyeing his designs, one would notice that Quinton’s work is etched with dramatic flair and class, and infused with African and floral influences. Quinton says that his inspiration comes from his past experiences and emotions, and he incorporates them into every aspect of his designs.
He has also recently become interested in designing wedding gowns, and believes that he could make a useful contribution to this niche in Guyana by focusing on resort weddings.
“I want to bring my uniqueness to wedding gowns in Guyana, and to get people to move away from the traditional-style wedding gowns,” he said, adding:
“Resort weddings can be a thing in Guyana, and I feel connected to that free-flowing, free-spirited-type atmosphere that having a wedding on a beach or at a resort can bring. I haven’t seen much of that here in Guyana, so I think it would be a nice thing to get people to see that side of what a wedding could be.”
But he is well aware that like all newcomers, he yet has a long way to go, and much to about the fashion industry.
Quinton’s ultimate goal is to become an official couture designer in the Caribbean, but knows that in order to study couture fashion, he must study in Paris. As such, this goal is placed high on his five-year plan. “To be honest, I think I’m still growing a lot. I still have a lot to learn in terms of the business aspect and running a brand. I have a few more classes to attend, and I have to learn branding and managing techniques,” he said.
Until then, Quinton says that he believes he has not arrived, but is content taking in every aspect of the learning experience, and enjoying being able to live his dreams through designing.