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In 3D - Geejam Music Group CEO Jon Baker

Sunday, October 08, 2017

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Stylist extraordinaire. Visionary. Creative powerhouse. Many labels have been ascribed to the late Dexter Pottinger. SO shares a remembrance from Geejam Music Group CEO Jon Baker, who commissioned one of Pottinger's last projects: styling the burgeoning Geejam Music Group songbird RIKI for her upcoming industry debut. We go behind the scenes of the recording artiste's music video and photo shoots to present the looks created by Pottinger at his peak.

The 'Champion' of the Jamaican fashion scene: Dexter Pottinger

I first met and worked with Dexter in 2003, when he was just starting his career as a fashion stylist. He styled several of Geejam's music projects and it was clear that his work ethic and his enthusiasm to break boundaries in style and look, rather than imitating others, was what set him apart.

Earlier this year, I had again asked Dexter to come on-board, to assist in a new and exciting project that Geejam was preparing to launch internationally — RIKI, a Jamaican/Cleveland-based artist. We all worked together with our crew on videos and photo shoots, that included photographer William Richards, another great Jamaican talent. The work Dexter produced was phenomenal, exceeding anything I could've expected if I'd hired a stylist from overseas. I thought to myself, how fortunate we were to have such a wonderful talent and resource based in Jamaica.

Internationally, Dexter was very well known in the New York, Paris, Milan and London fashion communities and was a flag bearer, not only for the cutting-edge Jamaican fashion scene, but also for a more progressive and tolerant Jamaica. When it comes to LGBT rights, we live in a country that's still influenced by its colonial past and in some cases, bigoted by backward churches that stir up hatred against the gay community.

I am still in shock at the loss of a very positive and talented young man — a fashion ambassador whose slaying becomes another statistic in Jamaica's out-of-control crime epidemic — our country that desperately needs more resources and funding for its police force, to regain control.

Dexter — gone before his time, but certainly not forgotten — a true visionary.

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— Geejam Music Group CEO Jon Baker

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