FashionTT to host 'Business of Fashion' workshops
The Trinidad and Tobago Fashion Company Limited (FashionTT) will be hosting a series of workshops on The Business of Fashion in both Trinidad and Tobago in July. According to Lisa-Marie Daniel, General Manager of FashionTT:
“Fashion business acumen is integral to the commercialization of the local fashion industry. While our designers are very talented and resourceful, they may not have not a strategy in place to chart the successful course of their business. The Business of Fashion Workshop series is aimed at helping local designers to fill this gap by equipping them with the necessary knowledge and tools to strategically manage their business, increase their income and export their products.”
The workshops will be held in Trinidad at Cattleya Lounge Centre of Excellence, Macoya, as follows:
- Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
- Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Several creative and fashion industry practitioners are expected to present: Dr. Suzanne Burke, Lecturer in Cultural Studies, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus; Mrs. Sandra Carr, Senior Instructor, The Academy for Caribbean Fashion and Design, University of Trinidad and Tobago; Mr. Andre Taitt, Lecturer in Finance and Management Accounting, Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business; and representatives from the National Entrepreneurship Development Company Limited (NEDCO). They'll present on several key topics including:
- The Fundamentals of Business Planning for the Fashion Business Entrepreneur
- Production Management – Production Facility Readiness
- Everything Finance for the Fashion Business Entrepreneur
- Financing/Incubator Readiness
Also sharing their knowledge will be creative director and fashion coordinator, Mr. Richard Young; Founder of Immortelle Beauty, Ms. Kathryn Nurse; Director at Simply Runway Enterprises Ltd., Ms. Candice Baccus; and Fashion Manager, Ms. Jamilia Alexander, all of whom will participate in a panel discussion on Aesthetic/Image, Marketing as a Profit Generating Tool for Success, Actualising the Merchandising Process and the Business of Fashion Branding.
FashionTT will also be hosting a one-day Business of Fashion workshop in Tobago in July. “FashionTT is looking forward to hosting this workshop to the benefit of our designers in the sister isle. We have already begun making inroads in Tobago through our Value Chain Investment Programme, an initiative in which Ted Arthur Leather Collections is currently participating, and this workshop will provide his fellow designers with an invaluable opportunity to learn how to improve their fashion business,” Daniel added.
The Business of Fashion workshop in Tobago will take place on Thursday, July 27 at the Victor E. Bruce Financial Complex in Scarborough. It begins at 9:00 a.m. and will be facilitated by Ms. Hannah Hafeez, Part Time Instructor at The Academy for Caribbean Fashion and Design, University of Trinidad and Tobago and Mr. Jessel Brizan, Founder/CEO at Jessel Brizan Design Group Ltd.