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WHO IS JONATHAN BLAKE?
Jonathan Blake is Jonathan Tinkle, founder and chief fashion designer of Jonathan Blake LLC. A native of Houston, Texas, and the product of successful entrepreneurial parents, Jonathan began sketching designs for women's dresses at the age of 14. He launched Jonathan Blake in 2012 at the age of 21 and introduced 27 elegant women's dresses and skirts for his spring 2013 collection.
Inspired by Chanel, Valentino and Versace, Jonathan Blake's designs are timelessly "wearable," classic, and elegant for women of all ages and sizes. All of Jonathan Blake's pieces are made in Houston of natural fabrics sourced from New York City, Europe and Asia.
"I believe that all women are beautiful, and I want to help them look and feel their best by delivering 'show stopping' pieces with classic lines. I am launching Jonathan Blake now because I come with a belief that if we have a dream, we shouldn't wait to make it happen. Our dreams will never come true if we don't take action. I am 100 percent for supporting everyone in pursuing their own personal dreams whatever they may be and this is my dream. So why would I wait? This way, I'll be much more established when I'm 40!" Jonathan explained.
Before pursuing his passion for fashion design, Jonathan began studying acting and modeling with Page Parkes Talent in Houston. He completed The Tenney High School in 2009 and enrolled in the Art Institute of Houston at age 18. It was there that Jonathan brought one of his sketches to life in the form of a custom-made, black cocktail dress fitted for and modeled by his sister.
Shortly thereafter, Jonathan left the Art Institute and devoted all of his time and energy to planning the launch of Jonathan Blake as a full-fledged fashion design company. He plans to expand his women/s collection by adding a men/s line, accessories and fragrances in the future.
Jonathan supports numerous artistic and charitable organizations such as Justice for Children, Children at Risk, Virtuosi of Houston, Houston Ballet, Dominic Walsh Dance Company, The Brilliant Lecture Series, Helping A Hero, The Contemporary Arts Museum, Arthritis Foundation, Halo House, and The Krewe of Little Rascals Mardi Gras Parade.
When he is not designing and producing beautiful clothing for beautiful women, Jonathan enjoys meeting new people and experiencing new places through travel. Among his favorite destinations are New York City, Hawaii, Panama, and The Bahamas.
"I believe that traveling is essential to my career development as it influences my perception of the larger environment and it provides fresh inspiration for my creativity," Jonathan said.
A Few Words about Jonathan "What is most fascinating about Jonathan Tinkle of Jonathan Blake is that at 21, he has amazing grace, talent and style. Jonathan's work shows the flair of someone twice his age. His designs are breathtakingly classic. Jonathan is reminiscent of the late actor and pop icon Rudolf Valentino and has his own unique persona."
-- Dr. Carolyn Farb, Houston philanthropist, author, socialite, and social activist.
Fall/Winter 2013 Preview
Spring/Summer 2013 Preview
Houston Made Trunk Show May 7 and May 8th featuring fashion designers Jonathan Blake, David Peck and Amir Taghi
May 2nd, 2013
Chic Sheet Coverage of Jonathan Blake Fashion Show
April 26th, 2013
Jonathan Blake 2013 Fall/Winter Collection Expected to Delight and Dazzle Hundreds of Guests with 47 Pieces, 20 Models and 2 Runways At Private Reception and Fashion Show in Houston
April 24th, 2013
SBA Digital Radio Interview
April 18th, 2013
Houston Philanthropist and Community Volunteer Jo Furr "Rocks" Show-Stopping Jonathan Blake Rose Gown at Houston Ballet Ball
March 21, 2013
Donna Wick Live! Intelligent Radio for Women
Feb 24, 2013
A Night of Fashion in the Sky...
February 26th, 2013
Houston entrepreneur Jonathan Tinkle makes his mark in fashion with Jonathan Blake brand
January 18th, 2013
Emerging Houston Fashion Designer Jonathan Tinkle, Founder of Jonathan Blake Fashions, to Reign as King of Krewe of Little Rascals with Miss Texas 2012 Brittany Booker Serving as Guest of Honor
January 16th, 2013
A Sampling of Photos from the Oct. 3, 2012 Jonathan Blake Fashion Show
Photos by Kim Coffman
Jonathan Blake...Local Fashion Designer on the Rise, Lives His Dream
October 25th, 2012
21-year-old Designer Debuts Runway Collections
by Joy Sewing at Chron.com
October 12th, 2012
Made in Houston: Designer follows dreams and unveils Jonathan Blake collection with lavish fashion show
by Clifford Pugh at CultureMap.com
October 8th, 2012
Jonathan Blake Ð Bella Donna by ValVerdeStyle.com
October 8th, 2012
Young Entrepreneur and Fashion Designer Jonathan Tinkle Introduces Jonathan Blake Bella Donna Spring/Summer 2013 Couture Collection in Houston
October 3rd, 2012
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