THE SAINT STORY A CARIBBEAN MODEL MANAGEMENT REVOLUTION
"A good model can advance fashion by ten years" - Yves Saint Laurent
PHILOSOPHY-A MODEL LEADER- A CULTURE OF CARE
Since its inception, the motto ‘Changing Lives, Expanding Horizons’ has served as the inspirational core of the Saint International Jamaica agency. For many models, the nurturing and disciplined nature of founder Deiwght Peters defines the company’s familial aura that helps their professional and personal development.
The agency’s philosophy of selectivity and family has made it easily distinguished itself from any competition and is the singular largest exporter of Afro Caribbean/Jamaican models to the world of fashion in the last decade. SAINT currently represents the highest number of working models from the English speaking Caribbean in New York, London, Paris and Milan’ .
Saint International is a boutique-style fashion model agency and diversed lifestyle media, communication and television production company based in Kingston, Jamaica. The company has several divisions including Model Management, Event Production, Lifestyle Grooming Institute,
Guided by the marketing genius of banker-turned-fashion mogul Deiwght Peters, the Saint model represents and aesthetic hallmarked by tropical elegance, exotic sophistication and elegance, powered by ambition and personality. The enviable SAINT roster includes Shena Moulton, Ashane Rose, Orneila Edwards, Brad Allen, Orlando Lopez, Shavan Fraser, Kimanie Farquharson. New faces breaking ground include Kim Gordon, Tami Williams, Casmar James, Sean Thompson, Christina Knight, Venecia Cardoza, Atasha Brown, Jade Stephenson.
The agency has consistently demonstrated its revolutionary force in the fashion business creating cutting edge initiatives that resulted in an explosion in the fashion industry in Jamaica.
Saint quickly gained international recognition for its scouting skills. In short order, SAINT was the leading exported of Caribbean models to the fashion world. The highly respected and powerful V Magazine featured Saint International as the ONLY Caribbean agency in two separate features.
In 2005, V Magazine’s ‘V Are The World’s Spring Edition featured Saint International Among the World’s best model agencies. It was a superb moment of recognition for the then five (5) year old model agency.
5 years later in 2010, V Man Magazine’s much vaunted ‘Model Citizens’ feature highlighted Saint International among the best men’s agency internationally (outside of the primary fashion markets. This was a fitting 10 year anniversary.
VISIONARY- ‘THE GODFATHER OF JAMAICAN FASHION’
Peters is a visionary who has invested heavily in the bourgeoning Jamaican fashion scene. For this some have considered him the ‘god-father’ of Jamaican fashion. He created many initiatives which re-energized the fashion industry creating a cadre of respected Jamaican designers who found a haven to be nurtured. He has also lent his expertise to Fashion weeks and trade shows in Barbados, St. Vincent and The Grenadines.
He has created a legacy of many firsts that are celebrated:
- The first televised model-search (and make-over) in the Caribbean in 2001. The Faces of Summer pre-dated America’s Next Top Model by 5 years.
- The only Jamaican model agency earning international contracts for every single model contest winner since 2001.
- Organizer of the first national competition for local designers-The Jamaican Avant Garde Designer of the Year since 2004.
- The first regional-named model competition the Fashion Face of the Caribbean in 2000. It is the longest running regionally named contest.
- Fashion block-The Caribbean’s largest live fashion show (which is the grand finale of the Saint International-organised STYLEWEEK JAMAICA) where the city-streets in the centre of capital Kingston is blocked for 20,000 worshipful fashion fans watch Jamaica’s star designers and top models show the latest trends.
GLOBAL CLIENT CONNECTIONS
Saint has proven its depth and breadth of international connections by not only placing models in the major markets such as New York, Paris, London and Milan but also in secondary markets such as Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, and other diversed markets as Germany, Barcelona, Madrid, China, Singapore, Capetown, Johannesburg.
Saint models have undertaken their role as fashion ambassadors with glamour and style appearing for the world’s most prestigious clients including Fendi,Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Jil Sander, Louis Vuitton, Yves St. Laurent, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, Thakoon, Richard Chai, Diane Von Furstenburg, Oscar De La Renta, Zac Posen, Missoni, Just Cavalli, Izaac Mizrahi, Vivienne Westwood, GAP, Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Dolce and Gabanna, Etro, Zegna, PUMA Fragrance, Y-3, Costume National, John Galliano, Byblos, Giorgio Armani, Dries Van Noten, MAC Cosmetics, Victoria Secrets, Benetton, Calvin Klein Fragrance, Kenneth Cole, Banana Republic, and the pages of international editions of Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, ID, Teen Vogue, L’Uomo Vogue, GQ Style, V Magazine, V-Man W Magazine, Grazia just to name a few.