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TCF Gives Fashion Design the Green Light

TCF of Fiji has begun to sow the seeds for another path forward; fashion.¬† Looking to tap into the enormous well of Fijian creativity and the unique South Pacific flair that comes with it, new and unabridged talents have begun to surface and make waves in the local clothing and footwear industry.¬† With an eye to the big picture of developing a serious international market, both in terms of design and particularly in terms of production and support, the TCF Council of Fiji fully supports the new trends of Fiji’s youthful industry trendsetters have adapted to fashion designing.

President, Kalpesh Solanki says the industry acknowledges designing as a new entry way into the world of high fashion which presents a realm of possibilities for the industry’s most creative and entrepreneurial-minded individuals.  He also stated that TCF council is the face for initiating talks between the Ministry of Industry and Trade, as well as the Fiji National University, to consider proposing fashion design courses in concurrence with fashion schools already established overseas.  There are splendid backgrounds for enriching talented young designers, but currently in Fiji, they still may confront severities in the ability to acquire raw materials and specialized sewing talents for their fashion ranges.  Nonetheless, this can be improved.

“There are definitely synergies between the textile clothing & footwear industry and the fashion design industry. The main objective of the TCF Council is to work in the interests of the manufacturers of TCF goods.” Mr. Solanki continued, “…and to assist the younger generation fashion designers in training, skills development and ultimately providing them the opportunity of joining a company or starting their own.”

“TCF Council recognizes that since fashion design is a developing sector, it will require assistance and the Council stands ready to work with Fashion Council of Fiji”

Although TCF is considered as one of the major earners of foreign exchange, grossing in close to $100M annually, the council is still focusing on looking at other local areas which they could expand apart from traditional exports. ¬†Mr. Solanki pronounced that TCF council has worked consistently with the Fijian Government to encourage Fijian made clothing and footwear within Fiji. ¬†Adding to Mr. Solanki’s affirmation, Attorney General Aiyaz Saiyad Khaiyum emphasised for people to work in concert in order to accomplish goals that make real impact for major sectors of the population.

“It goes to show that in order to move into this niche market, we all have to collaborate. ¬†We need a collaborative effort – employers with their employees, with Government, development partners and stakeholders to ensure not just profitability but longevity,“Mr. Khaiyum said.

Fashion changes such as the mood, the ability to adapt to these ‚Äėmoods‚Äô is a critical element to success, as well as the power to harness raw materials fit for the fashion market. The major issue is with ‘up -skilling’ and training people so they can deliver an upgrade of commercial value as well as advocate unified efforts.

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Posted on: June 15 at 1:11 am

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