Five Trinidad and Tobago designers have been selected to be apart of an initiative dubbed the Value Chain Investment Programme- an concept brought to life by the Trinidad and Tobago Fashion Company Limited. The effort, according to news reaching EBUZZTT, surrounds a general thrust for economic diversification in T&T.
FashionTT’s General Manager, Lisa-Marie Daniel, said the VCIP is one of the cornerstone initiatives of the fashion industry’s strategic plan aimed at transforming the sector and making it more lucrative in the long-term. She said it’s a five-year programme that will accept a new group of designers annually, in turn producing at least twenty-five designers who’ll be on the cusp of exporting their creations to the world at large.
EBUZZTT.COM has learnt that the five designers selected this year, will participate in the first Non-Global Value Chain component of the programme and they are working closely with FashionTT and project consultant, Vincent Quan, to improve their business operations and marketing strategies. Quan is an Associate Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
FashionTT has also partnered with the National Entrepreneurship Development Company Limited (NEDCO) to work with designers in the Incubator tier of the programme, with hopes of refining each designer’s business model and plan for future commercial growth and development.