Hope Wade was born in Kingston, Jamaica to the late Superintendent Eustace Blake and his wife Mavis Blake. She has 4 siblings.
She is a graduate of Convent of Mercy Academy ‘Alpha’ High School in Jamaica, and New York City Technical College and Cooper Union College in New York.
Hope is a fashion designer and is the owner and Executive Producer of Rockland Fashion Week. She owns her store Hope Wade Designs located on N Broadway in Nyack NY.
Her designs have graced the bodies of many women as well as celebrities. Her designs have been worn at the White House under President Obama by Darlene Love for The Gospel Tradition TV performance at the White House which was broadcast on Channel 11 WPIX.
Her red silk flute gown worn by Rock n Roll icon Darlene Love on the last Christmas performance on the David Letterman Show was inducted in the Rock n Roll of Fame museum.
She has produced the highly successful Rockland Fashion Week for the last 3 years showcasing 32 designers to over 1300 patrons at the Palisades Center.
In May 2021 she received the first ever Woman of Distinction Award from the State Assembly of New York for outstanding leadership in Rockland County.
June 2019 HOPE WADE DESIGNS was chosen by Harlem Fashion Row in collaboration with NIKE for the first Designer Retreat for Designers of Color.
She has showcased her designs on the international runway at Caribbean Fashion Week, London Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week to rave reviews .
Her designs have been on the front page of every major newspaper and on television in the Caribbean.
Hope was ordained as an evangelist by Community Christian Church in June 2019 in W Nyack.
December 2018 Hope Wade Designs designed the gold beaded gown for Miss Jamaica World Khadeeja Robinson, that was worn in the Miss World Pageant in China. She also created the bandana gown worn by Miss Jamaica Intercontinental Sasha Henry for Miss Intercontinental Beauty Pageant in Egypt.
May 2017 she was the JAMCCAR Honoree for Outstanding Community Service where she received 9 Awards including a Citation from the New York State Assembly.
She was invited to present her designs in Pecha Kucha 20×20 with Rosie O’Donnell in Nyack NY.
March 2015 She competed and was selected as one of the top 3 finalists in the ‘Project Runway, A Critique with Tim Gunn’.
October 2014 Hope was voted and featured as ‘Best Up and Coming Fashion Designer’ of the Hudson Valley region by the Hudson Valley Magazine.
HWD believes in giving back to the community. She has done several charity events including the American Cancer Society, Lime Kiln Middle School After School programs, Alpha Academy, HANA Haitian American Nurses Association, JAMCCAR, Ageno Foundation International Inc to list a few.
The designers creativity and flare has been featured in several magazines including Vogue, Hudson Valley Magazine, Red Ink, Rockland Business Journal, Journal News, Linked2US, Amsterdam News, the Gleaner, Star, Flair and Super Models SQ Fierce Life. She has made several television and cable appearances.
Hope is the President of JAMCCAR (Jamaica
Civic and Cultural Association of Rockland), she is also the president of Alpha Academy Tristate Alumni Association in NY, both 501Cs. She sits on the Board of Cooper Union College Alumni Association, and is a member of the Village of Nyack Business Council.
She recently graduated from Leadership Rockland, Class of 2022.
She is married for 24 years to Paul Wade, vice president of MUFG Bank and they have one daughter Jasper who is a senior at Syracuse University.
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