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Archived: Fashion TT Creates Huge Opportunity in Trinidad and Tobago for 5 Style Enthusiasts

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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.

Lisa-Marie Daniel, General Manager of FashionTT

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.

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Machel Rubs Shoulders with International Celebs. Fans Defend Him.

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Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. One radio personality made a point on Wednesday, of telling listeners that he felt Machel Montano was pretty much acting like a groupie when he attended Rihanna’s Diamond Ball last week. All this because the superstar soca artiste who has collaborated with the likes of Doug E Fresh, Ashanti and Shaggy, had taken and posted a lot of celebrity pics, post event.

Fans are however supporting the Soca Taipan, saying it’s good to see that Machel, being a Caribbean megastar, is also a fan of artistes and isn’t afraid to express that feeling. Montano met and took photos with Rihanna, Pharell, A$AP Rocky, Meek Mill and Megan the Stallion who recently signed with ROC Nation.

On the heels of that event and Montano’s social media photo explosion, came his appearance on the Girls Cruise reality TV show. Fellow soca artist, Rome is a part of the show’s full time production and showcased Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival 2019 season, to major cast members Chilli of TLC, Lil Kim, BSimone and Maya among others. The episode aired last weekend, saw appearance during by Machel and Alison Hinds during a yacht party. Montano even performed.

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Erphaan Alves Will Release His ‘Proudest’ Project Tonight.

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He’s ambitious! Erphaan Alves is adamant that he will take the Soca genre global. He made a point of launching the effort dubbed the No Seasons Project after Carnival 2019, promising to deliver new music regularly. Other artistes like Iwer George promised to do the same, but thus far, Nailah Blackman has been the one Soca artiste who’s delivered new music consistently.

Tonight, Erphaan Alves’ continues his commitment to delivering soca year round. A brand new single and video will be released – another track post carnival – the young entertainer having released, “Lock On” in May this year. Erphaan says this project forms part of his soca story and effectively strengthens his mission to take the genre to global audiences.

Erphaan Alves wants to take Soca music to global audiences.

On Instagram, Alves said the production and delivery of new Soca music post carnival, by artistes, would essentially lead to more interest by fans, more local soca events, increased market activity and essentially, increased global appeal. His launch later tonight, takes place at Buzz Bar located at One Woodbrook Place in Port-of-Spain.

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