Spotted having a great time are J Wray & Nephew Limited team members (from left) Tesfaye Brown, event execution analyst; Candiese Leveridge, PR & digital manager; Sasha Warner-Campbell, brand manager; and Kamal Powell, regional marketing manager for Appleton Estate. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Now in its 30th year, Frenchmen Climax on January 1 delivered on its core value of elevating the party experience, in which each guest is a VIP and each detail for the guest experience is carefully curated. Frenchmen Climax, which started in 1993 with a group of six friends — Ian "Juicy" Wong, Dr Michael "Doc" Banbury, Tony "TC" Campbell, Michael "Benji" Benjamin, Anthony "T Rob" Robinson, and Nigel "Wattie" Watt — deciding to throw a party and invite 100 people each to the home of Nigel and Joanne Watt in Russell Heights, which could accomodate 750 guests. It was the first time Appleton V/X was served at an event of this nature.
The second year, the event evolved into a paid party which started the Heroes' Weekend at Frenchman's Cove, a luxury destination in Port Antonio, with the founders coining the name "Frenchmen" as the marker for the brand.
Fast-forward to 2023 and Frenchmen Climax was even bigger. This year's staging saw an increased food court with 27 food stations including Caribbean, Thai, Indian, Chinese and Japanese fare, and Häagen-Dazs and Island Blue Coffee from food sponsors. The premium bar focused on top-shelf liquor with roaming hostesses pouring Moët & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot Champagne. The main bar was sponsored by Appleton and featured a wall of aged oak rum barrels.
Entertainment, an integral part of the Frenchmen Climax experience, this year saw a roster of deejays who included DJ Courtney, DJ Smoke, Bloodline Franco, DJ Brush1 Chromatic, DJ Marc Chin, DJ Lank of Code Red Sound, and DJ Cyclone from Coppershot, focusing on a journey through retro to soca and pop to dancehall. The almost 15-minute-long firework display, too, was impressive, segueing into a surprise set by recording artiste Rodney "Bounty Killer" Pryce and Grammy Award-winning artiste Orville "Shaggy" Burrell.
From the original founders there are three remaining — Wong, Banbury and Campbell — who these days are supported by a management team led by Brett Wong; Sean Gonzales and Celeste Gordon, who oversee food and beverage; Ojay Bewley, who is in charge of production; and Maxine Spence and her Novelty team who handle rental and décor.
Kudos to the Frenchmen on the staging of yet another memorable event.
Frenchmen accountant Keisha Gonzales dances up a storm.Garfield Robinson
Frenchmen director Ian Wong (left) and his Coldfield Manufacturing Limited managing director son Brett Wong, who leads the current management team Garfield Robinson
Raising a toast to a successful 30th anniversary of Frenchmen Climax are founders (from left) Dr Michael "Doc" Banbury, Ian "Juicy" Wong and Tony "TC" Campbell.Garfield Robinson
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The six founders of Frenchmen (from left) Anthony "T Rob" Robinson, Tony "TC" Campbell, Dr Michael "Doc" Banbury, Michael "Benji" Benjamin, Ian "Juicy" Wong, and Nigel "Wattie" Watt.
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Miss Jamaica World 2017 second runner-up and content creator Jeneque Pinnock sits pretty in a red sequinned dress.Garfield Robinson
Elle Creative Director Leisha Wong and her hubby, Coldfield Manufacturing Ltd managing director and Frenchmen team member Brett Wong, are all smiles. Garfield Robinson
Spotted on the dance floor are Arel Limited CEO Patricia Henry and friend, Melmac Medical/Miramar Medical General Practitioner Dr William Brown.Garfield Robinson
Dr Kerida Green snaps a selfie with her husband, minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister Floyd Green. Garfield Robinson
Frenchmen Climax was the place to be last Sunday night for transport consultant Selena Mohammed-Wilson.Garfield Robinson
Frenchmen director Dr Michael Banbury (second right) is spotted inside the First Rock cabana with (from left) Innovative Systems Executive Chairman Garth Walker, recording artiste Rodney "Bounty Killer" Pryce, and First Rock Executive Chairman Ryan Reid.Garfield Robinson
Adam & Eve Day Spa CEO Kimisha Walker and her St Andrew High School student daughter Kimora Walker send greetings to the SO lens at Frenchmen Climax.Garfield Robinson
Architect Mala Morrison Garfield Robinson
Shikima Hinds Events Concierge Managing Director Shikima Hinds, in a black dress with gold accessories Garfield Robinson
Bartender Ayokari Royal (left) pours a glass of Moët & Chandon for retired IT professional Cecil Williams while his Digicel brand marketing manager wife Reshima Kelly Williams looks on.Garfield Robinson
Sagicor Bank CEO Chorvelle Johnson Cunningham and her husband, Mayberry Investments Senior Manager — Markets & Trading Vaughn Cunningham, cosy up for their snap.Garfield Robinson
Husband-and-wife YouTubers Tami and Wayne MitchellGarfield Robinson
Sunshine Snacks Marketing Manager Shantell Hill Afonso (right) rings in the new year with her friends Sherene Bryan (left) and Danielle Howe.Garfield Robinson
Recording artiste Rodney "Bounty Killer" Pryce (left) and Grammy Award-winning artiste Orville "Shaggy" Burrell during their surprise performance. Garfield Robinson
VIP Attractions Director of Sales Allison Callam and Phase 3 Productions CEO Delano Forbes kick-start their new year in the thick of things at the Frenchmen Climax party.Garfield Robinson