Over 100 Designers Interview for FashionTT's VCIP
Port of Spain, 10th July 2019: The Trinidad and Tobago Fashion Company Limited (FashionTT) recently concluded its open call for registrations for the third cohort of its Value Chain Investment Programme (VCIP). The programme is aimed at providing local designers with strategic assistance to improve their business performance at varying stages of development. Over 100 local designers have registered and are currently being interviewed for placement within the suitable tier within the project.
Since its commencement in 2016, the VCIP has been the cornerstone of the Strategic Plan for the Fashion Industry. The VCIP assesses local firms by an independent panel consisting of local and international fashion industry experts and categorizes each firm into one of the four levels of the programme:
- The Global Value Chain (GVC) Support Programme
- Non-Global Value Chain (non-GVC) Support Programme
- Business Advisory and Financing Programme
- Strategic Training Programme
This year, the panel members consist of two international and one local fashion industry experts:
Renée Y. Cooper is a full-time Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) of the State University of New York (SUNY). She was granted a Fulbright scholarship by the U.S. State Department, the Fulbright Commission of Denmark and the American Chamber of Commerce of Denmark in Copenhagen. She lectured at the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (KEA) on marketing, business development, leadership, visual merchandising and sales. Cooper earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md. and a Master of Professional Studies degree in Global Fashion Management at FIT.
Margaret Bishop is a seasoned apparel and textile value chain specialist who has worked worldwide to advise fashion producers on building their brands and their supply chains. She has worked with producers at both the artisanal and factory scale to supply American, European, Asian, and Russian markets. Currently, Margaret also teaches textiles, supply chain management, sourcing, strategic management, and global business at New York's leading fashion universities, the Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons New School for Design, and LIM College. She has written two textbooks for use in her courses. Margaret holds a Master's degree in Global Fashion Management, an MBA, and a Bachelor's degree in Textile Technology.
Kathryn Nurse, founder and owner of Immortelle Beauty, uses her training in Fashion Management and Luxury Brand Management, her fascination with world travel, as well as her fixation on the best and trendiest beauty in the market, to present and package Immortelle Beauty in a way that makes it comparable with other international beauty brands and to achieve her goal of proving that “sophisticated” and “local” are not mutually exclusive concepts. She also is a lecturer at the Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design in the area of Fashion Management.
The General Manager of FashionTT, Ms Lisa-Marie Daniel, stated “We are satisfied with the outcome of this open call and look forward to working with these talented designers. Through the VCIP, designers will gain valuable knowledge and expert advice on various areas of their business to take them to the next level. We will continue to partner closely with NEDCO and VCIP consultant, Vincent Quan, to ensure that each and every designer benefits from the programme.”
For more information, visit www.fashiontt.co.tt/VCIP.
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