Kayon Patton has big dreams for Neat Stitch
Kayon Patton is hoping that exhibiting her designs at the 66th staging of the annual Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial and Food Show will prove beneficial for her Neat Stitch business.
Patton, who produces custom-made designs, school uniforms and swimwear and does alterations and patchwork, has big dreams of having her own shop displaying her creations for the world to see.
A past student of Vere Technical High School and Garvey Maceo High, Patton's business is based in Salt River, Clarendon, and has been operational for the past two years.
Her business received a big boost when she was taken into the Clarendon Municipal Corporation's Youth in Business programme, and the experience has made her bolder and more determined to make a success of Neat Stitch. Her products were displayed in the corporation's booth at the Denbigh Show when The Gleaner spoke to her on Saturday.
"They gave me the push, and when I felt like giving up, I was encouraged to keep going," she said about the mentorship she received while in the Youth in Business programme.
Patton told The Gleaner that she has a passion for sewing and "grew into it" as both her mother and grandmother engaged in the activity.
"That was a natural choice for me," she said.
Acknowledging that operating her business is still a struggle, especially with the cost of sourcing raw materials, she said that will not deter her from achieving her ultimate goal.
Patton is urging young people to get a skill, noting while it is good to pursue law, medicine or some other profession, it is even better to have a skill.