SHARON E. CLARKE
Sharon was born on the beautiful island of Jamaica, a place that's known for it's rich reggae culture. She began to sew at the tender age of eight. She is grateful to her grandmother Imogene Rowe who kept her clothed. Each year she looked forward to collect her barrel of clothes that her grandmother use to ship to her from New York City. Sharon fitted the clothes once before her mother stored them away for special occasions. She was really young but she knew the meaning of such occasion, she would eventually outgrow them. Due to her lack of patience she began to make her own clothes by hand. Sharon’s curiosityLed her to look closer at the construction detail of her hand me down clothes. At times she would open the center seams and separate the garment in halves, open one side completely to see how it was made, then mend that side back to match the other, clearly this was the initial foundation for her passion. She remembered the dress she made to wear to a local Christmas party using some self-taught skills, a little ingenuity, and an unyielding imagination. Other than a not-so-perfect zipper, she was proud of her creation, thus started the impetus for Sharon E. Clarke brand.
She used her grandmother’s collection as an inspiration to formulate new ideas and designs, regularly sharpening her skills and creating new styles which in 1985 gave her the courage to open her own design studio in the city of Montego Bay, Jamaica.
In 1991, she grabbed the opportunity to come to New York;
She continued honing her skills by attending The Fashion Institute of Technology and by staying active in the field. She worked at Save - A-Thon, Paron and Mood fabric stores, which kept her in touch with the latest fabrics, she also worked backstage New York's fashion week.
In 1998, Sharon showcased her designs at the International fashion Boutique show held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, she was proud of the orders she got from a few boutiques. She showcased her designs in numerous fashion shows in the city.
In 2005 she appeared as a tailor on CBS, The Cut hosted by Tommy Hilfiger
In 2008, MTV, If I were King, a Sean John documentary.
In 2011 She appeared as an expert on seven episodes of Lifetime’s 24 Hour Catwalk and MTV’s World of Jenks.
Since 2005 she became to freelance tailor to many celebrities such as Mary Jay, Sean John, Usher, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Julia Roberts, Peggy Noonam, Whitney Houston, Leighton Meester, Kristen Wigg, Vogue, Elle, Glamour Magazine, NBA and NFL players sports figures, news anchors, and much more.
Her goal is to please her customers and keep them coming back for more.