1/ Harsh business climate stifling growth of Jamaican apparel sector

A paucity of skill and expertise, in addition to a harsh business climate, are factors that at least two players in the fashion industry believe are stifling growth and sustainability within the clothing arena. In an interview with The Gleaner, Dexter Huxtable, menswear designer and owner of Spokes Apparel, noted that there is huge potential for fashion to contribute greatly to Jamaica’s economy but indicated that more citizens need to be sensitised about the importance of productivity.

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2/ House of D’Marsh partners with top Jamaican models for New York Fashion Week

New York-based designer House of D’Marsh has joined forces with top Jamaican models Oraine Barrett and Korey Rowe for the 2017 New York Fashion Week Men’s Collection HOPE by KDO. The collection had its premiere at the midtown offices of Finn Partners, the public relations agency of record for the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB).

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3/ Trinidad’s fashion dreams and business realities

On day one of the FashionTT Business of Fashion Workshop, session facilitator Dr Suzanne Burke told participants that entrepreneurship means “taking resources from a place where there is nothing and adding value”. In her presentation, Business Planning for the Creatives: The Fashion Sector of T&T, she guided participants to consider their passion and heart as well as business tools and skills such as leadership and communication.

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4/ Emmanuel Macron to welcome Rihanna to the Elysée Palace, after she approached him on Twitter

French President Emmanuel Macron will meet the singer Rihanna this week to discuss France’s funding of international education after she approached him on Twitter. The meeting between the famous pair will take place at the Elysée Palace in Paris – Mr Macron’s official residence – where the Bajan R&B star will ask the President to commit to funding opportunities for children in developing countries.

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5/ Jamaican designer, Matthew Harris, among Vogue Fashion Fund finalists

Jamaican designer Matthew Harris, who designs under the label Mateo, has just been named by Vogue CFDA as one of 10 Vogue Fashion Fund finalists. The Montego Bay-born designer, who was first featured in the Jamaica Observer and was a 2015 Take Style Out guest, shared exclusively with the newspaper that he is honoured and humbled to have been considered and to be shortlisted.

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