Issha's never-ending love for fashion

August 25, 2016
Contributed Issha Smith

American designer Rachel Zoe was quoted as saying, "Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak." This sentiment resonates well with dressmaker and fashion designer Issha Smith, who has been honing her craft for close to 20 years.

Sewing skills are essential in order to pursue a career in dressmaking, and for Smith, there is nothing she enjoys doing more than turning out the finest finishes in uniforms, wedding dresses, work attire, or party clothing.

Smith, 37, told THE STAR that she fell in love with sewing at a tender age.

"I got pregnant at age 16, and while out of school and staying at home, my sister had a machine that my mother bought her. I started to pull up things and started sewing. I sew things like sheet and nappy, and so forth," she said.

When THE STAR caught up with Smith at her shop, located at 2 Fort George Crescent in Stony Hill, St Andrew, she was busy sorting uniforms that she is making for the new school year.

"March for the 'Good Life' Party, and the summer are my busiest times," she said, noting that she stopped taking uniform orders during the second week of July based on the large number of clients.

When asked if she ever has a slow period, she said, "really, to tell the truth, I don't have a slow period. I am blessed and always busy."

Smith, who was formally trained at Hazel Monteith School of Fashion, told THE STAR that building clientele has been relatively easy because the quality of work usually brings in new customers.

Having spent many years in the fashion industry, the Christian woman says she would certainly encourage other persons to take up the profession as it can be very lucrative.

"I would recommend it because as a young person you must own a skill. However, you have to love sewing to do it. If you don't, you can't do it because sewing can be boring at times," Smith said.

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