Uzuri International

Mark

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MARK MCDERMOTH’S

Declared one of Jamaica’s Master Designers, Mark McDermoth was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica and attended Happy Grove High School where he was Deputy Head Boy, President of the Student Council and Debating Societies.  He also attended Hocking College in Ohio, was president of the International Student Association and studied Hotel/Restaurant Management.  He later pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Management at Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

Fashion came by accident, when, after leaving high school and being employed as an entertainment coordinator, he went to learn how to sew that he could make his own clothes to supply a rigorous social schedule.  He then started sewing for family and friends and soon word spread about his talent and he was making garments for models, beauty queens, Jamaican socialites, then international celebrities such as Chaka Khan and Vivica Fox.

He also worked for twenty-three years with the Jamaica Tourist Board in their local, Minneapolis and Chicago  offices and list those years as his most fun moments meeting and working with some of the world’s most celebrated and influential individuals, including original “Bond Girl,” Ursula Andress; South African President, Thabo Mbeki; Miss World Chairman, Julia Morley; music giants, Mary J. Blige, Kenneth “Baby Face” Edmonds and film star, Denzil Washington - for whom he was a “stand in” in the movie, the Mighty Quinn, filmed in his hometown Port Antonio.

Mark is Piscean, loves traveling and he is on a quest to visit all the continents.  His long-term ambition is to create a skills training centre in rural Jamaica to impart life skills to needy young people. 


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Karl Williams

Declared one of jamaica’s master Fashion Designers and entertainer, Karl Williams started in entertainment as a triple threat. He was a singer/dancer/model and he excelled in all the disciplines, receiving international exposure in all areas. As the years progressed, this easy-going, fun -loving Leo became more interested in the design and construction side of the fashion industry and eventually switched full time TO THE WORLD OF Fashion as ceative director for the  Uzuri International brand and balancing his duties with regular stage performances  at Jamaica's upscale  North Coast hotels and overseas with the Uzuri Cabaret Ensemble.

In 2008, he was invited to South Africa to outfit the Miss World contestants in the opening segment and lists that as one of his most exciting trips, walking in the footsteps of Mandela, Working with Mrs Julia Morley, Miss World 2007 and all the contestants. He also lists as highlights to his career, working with Grace Jones, Jasmin Guy and Chakka Khan.

since 2013, he has added another task to his portfolio, that of national director for the Miss Universe brand in jamaica and has been actively involved in all aspects of unearthing, polishing and showcasing jamaican beauties to the universe since then.