This week I lost a dear friend to a senseless act of violence.

Isaiah Dent, a resident of McKees Rocks, PA wore many hats, designer, tailor, hair stylist and community leader. I could always count on him for garment repairs that were super-fast. He understood just what I wanted the outcome to be of any fashion project. I would find something at a thrift store that needed some tweaking and I knew where to take it, Isaiah Dent.

I purchased a gown to wear for my sixtieth birthday party and I wanted the gown to have pockets. I asked him could he do it. Of course he could and my gown was ready within 48 hours.

He didn’t attend the birthday party but months after the soiree a box arrived on my porch, it contained a quilt made of African fabric, it was my birthday gift. I was touched and surprised. I called to thank him and we talked about the projects I wanted to work on in 2013.

Dent loved to work with mud cloth and he made trench coats that were fabulous. I felt every man should own one.

Dent often dressed in African attire and he told me that he was frequently mistaken for royalty when he traveled. He loved to travel to New York and purchase fabric. I’ve seen him make prom gowns, wedding gowns and suits for men. Each carried the label “Unmistakably Isaiah.”

The quilt has a special place in my home and Isaiah you had a special place in the heart of Pittsburgh. You will be missed my friend.

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