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Friday, June 6, 2014 • Issue 143
Around 2005/06, Kenwyn Millington was the
"IT" face for male models in Trinidad and Tobago.
Discovered by photographer Calvin French,
Millington's clean looks and smooth ebony skin
made him a natural attraction for fashion spreads
and the runway.
In the US, where he migrated in 2007, Millington
found success on the modeling scene, becoming the
face for Pelle Pelle and appearing in numerous mag-
azines such as Essence, Cosmopolitan and Vibe, to
name a few.
As a model trying to break into the very competi-
tive industry abroad, he learnt a lot.
"It takes youth. There is a time span to under-
stand the industry. Through Mr. French I got the
right introductions so I got to the top of local fashion
quickly. In New York, you need to be there pounding
the pavement everyday. You learn to develop tough-
ness and you always make sure you remain a pro-
fessional, continuously on your game," he said.
Researching the industry and looking the part is of
paramount importance, advised Millington.
"Models need to understand it is an industry, a
profession. A lot of models think if someone knows
them then that is it but you are a product and you
have to treat yourself as such."
Treating yourself as a product includes dressing
the part, something Millington takes seriously. Three
years ago, together with his business partner
Nekeisha Morgan, he opened The Elite Fashion, an
upscale men's boutique, to help men elevate their
sense of fashion and style.
"Getting that experience outside, watching the
way men dress and knowing that appearance
counts for more than we presume is what moti-
vated me to open this store," said Millington, a day
after the three-year anniversary celebration of the
store's Chaguanas branch at Centre Pointe Mall. The
Elite Fashion also has a location in the new wing of
Carlton Centre in San Fernando.
The store carries ready to wear designer apparel
and accessories with high end brands such as Ar-
mani Exchange, Guess, Ralph Lauren, Cole Haan,
Michael Kors and DKNY to name a few.
Millington said with the store they are trying to do
more than just sell clothes, they are trying to con-
nect fashion to people's lifestyle.
"If you come in looking for a jacket, we will ask you
what event you are going to, what is the menu...we
want you to dress for your lifestyle. We could help
you to select clothes that will take you from work to
an after work lime. We will help you to dress for the
worst possible situation. You could be dressed to
meet the President but if you only meet the Prime
Minister, fine," said Millington.
"It's about developing individual style not following
trends...we are about enhancement. We want to
make sure when you are wearing a shirt of jeans, it
is right for you," he said.
Morgan, who holds a degree in Economics and Fi-
nance and is trained in interior design, said The Elite
Fashion makes it easy for customers with a few ini-
tiatives such as a colour wheel, which helps men to
pair colours, free tailoring on clothing that needs to
be adjusted and lay away for those who can't afford
the items they desire.
As a matter of fact, because they want to make
their services accessible and affordable to the every-
man, Millington and Morgan decided to locate the
stores away from the pricier malls to keep costs
In the future, an Elite women's store may be in the
works as well as an Elite line of clothing. With local
menswear designs becoming popular, Millington said
he is open to carrying local lines but designers must
meet international standards.
"I would welcome a local designer and make him
into a household name but they need to understand
what it takes to have their clothes hanging next to
Millington, who now spends most of his time in
New York working for a luxury events company
called Tastings, said he found his voice through fash-
ion and he wants to help every man find their voice
Looking back on his achievements thus far, the
Carapachaima native said it feels surreal but he is
particularly proud of what he is doing to contribute
to the local fashion scene.
"What is most amazing to me is that I am here
doing this," he said.
Kenwyn Millington and Nekeisha Morgan
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