Designer Spotlight: Cassandra Blake
“Hardships in life have refined me into the woman that I am today. I never gave up. My passion is what keeps me alive. My name is Cassandra Blake and I am a final year fashion student at the Montego Bay Community College. My love for designing dates back over 20 years of sketching on pieces of paper. Today, I have amassed over a thousand designs and I'm still counting.
As a former Jamaican Athlete, my life has been transformed by the choices I have made, including: to always follow my dreams, to set high standards and work towards them. I know how it feels to be hungry, to have failed after great attempts to achieve success, and I know how it feels to be homeless. I was brought up in a single parent home in the community of Flankers. My father raised me in the best possible way that he was able to. My mother was never around. Her absence during my childhood development affected me negatively. I lacked a sense of belonging and a sense of purpose. Most parents don’t realized that a mother is the root of a child’s upbringing. As a result of being brought up in a house with constant verbal and physical abused I have found it hard to understand the definition of “love”.
Sketching was what kept me “zoned out” from my actual reality, it gave me hope. It still keeps me grounded. My inspiration mostly comes from within. The styles I create, evolve from visions of what I see myself wearing. They emulate my personality. I never imagined 7 years ago that I would be pursuing a career in designing. I have followed my instincts, my dreams and my heart believed in ME. I would like to encourage youths of this generation, in the importance of having a skill and an education. I want to give them hope by letting them know that it’s ok to “dream big” and to set high standards, always aiming for the best. Success comes when you refuse to give up....when you find your passion, set a goal and work for it. All you have to do is to believe in your abilities to excel for a better life.”- Cassandra Blake, FASHION DESIGNER |P|