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In 3D - Tributes to Dexter Pottinger - Pt. 2

Sunday, October 08, 2017

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The creative story of Dexter Pottinger started with Saint International. Dexter was discovered circa 2000 in the lobby of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, walking alongside Althea Laing. He was invited to enter the nationwide Faces of Summer Model Search organised by Saint. He went on to compete in the Fashion Face of the Caribbean. He modelled and danced in several Saint productions over the years. It was clear he yearned for something bigger. Dexter's creative light was sparked when he visited London as a member of a Saint model contingent that visited London circa 2003. He decided he wanted to explore creating fashion images so he connected with photographers to get experience on photo shoots. Through Saint International he made connection with celebrity stylist Ty-Ron Mayes, who served as image and creative director for Saint models for almost six years. Mayes became a mentor for Dexter, who would visit New York periodically to get experience in styling, developing looks, make-up composition, and subject movement in front of the camera.

In 2005, Dexter asked to enter the second annual Avant Garde Designer of the Year. Despite not knowing any design skills he may have possessed, I agreed to give him a chance and he won! Since then, Dexter developed a fierce passion to create and succeed. His big launch platform could be seen as the first Fashionblock 2005 where I gave him the opening designer slot and he created a memorable camouflage collection with Nakeisha Robinson and supermodel Stacey McKenzie walking the runway for his fashion designer debut. This firmly placed him on the fashion map. Dexter was inspired by his experience and the street style and energy around him. He was always seeking ways to take his craft and brand to the next level. He opened his first store on Constant Spring Road and continued various collaborations.

His creative repertoire, which included video director, stylist, make-up artist, fashion designer, choreographer, event producer, and TV reality series judge, was a manifestation of the passion that drove him. Dexter Pottinger was ahead of his time in many respects. What is indisputable is that the music, fashion and general artistic fraternities have lost a talented giant.

— Saint International CEO Deiwght Peters

Dexter was the backbone of our family; he was responsible for bringing us together on every possible occasion. We would get together for birthdays and Christmases and took regular trips to the beach where our mom would cook up a storm for us all to enjoy. We even got together at random times when Dex would drop by and tell us of his world-travelling adventures which most of the times ended with him rapping, singing and deejaying his version of whichever song was his favourite at the moment, while trying to get us to add our own lines.

He was open-minded, honest and very firm when it came on to teaching his younger siblings life lessons on how to function as independent adults. He was the first to hear all our crazy ideas and had the final say on whether or not it would happen. Forever the voice of reason, he was the one who kept everybody grounded while always reminding us to pursue our passions relentlessly.

Dexter was the life of the party because he believed in living his best life.

— Sister and pest control specialist La-Keisha Aarons on behalf of Pottinger's family

There are some things in life we can't explain or ever really understand. For me, your death is one such thing. Dexter, you were one of the greatest people I have ever known and one of the greatest people I have ever worked with. You knew who you were and were never afraid to let your light shine wherever you went. 'Daahlin, you know I love drama' is something that you said often but something that defined who you were. You never did things the ordinary way and you always knew you weren't born to fit in, but rather to stand out. Jamaica has lost one of its greatest fashion icons, and I have lost a great friend. Thanks for all you did in moulding me into the person I am today, and for doing that for so many others. The long nights we spent together writing scripts, chatting, and just seeing how we could push limits is something I will never forget. Thank you for inspiring me to be the person I am today. Love you forever and a day and I will ensure that I never forget the lessons you taught me and I will never forget to always be true to myself, to not let other people define who I am and to always pave the way for others. Love you! Heaven is so lucky to have you there.

— MarketMe Co-Managing Director Lyndsey McDonnough

When I think about Dexter I think about his larger-than-life personality, his infectious laughter and his inappropriate jokes! I used to relish the stories of his globe-trotting adventures and his ideas on how we could give an edge to the fashion in the projects on which we worked together. He was such an amazing professional, going the extra mile, making himself available for every aspect of the process. He always got it... it was so easy for him to run with an idea and give it wings. To say I miss him is an understatement, but I know that the best way to keep his legacy alive is to be true to myself and always apply a healthy serving of 'fierce' in whatever I undertake.

— Yello Media Marketing Manager Ayanna Kirton

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