New Event To Catalyse Caribbean Fashion
Savile Row Master Tailor Andrew Ramroop Launches A New Initiative To Drive Caribbean Fashion Business.
On 6th July 2017 Savile Row’s most decorated Master Tailor, and CEO of Maurice Sedwell Ltd., will launch FAME-Caribbean 2K17, a new annual event set to become the Caribbean’s premier fashion industry date.
Prof Andrew Ramroop OBE CMTT invites six Caribbean countries to show off their fashion designers at runway shows, deliver inspirational lecturers and workshops, as well as promote their goods to an international audience at the innovative Buyers Tent. Caribbean artists and musicians will also take centre stage.
The fashion extravaganza starting on 7th November 2017 is intended to catalyse a new high-quality manufacturing block able to meet demand for luxury apparel from the North American and European markets.
Globally recognised as being one of the finest Master Tailors in the world, Andrew Ramroop will bring together other iconic nationals, including cricketing legend Brian Lara, to shine a light on local designers as potential game changers and contributors to economic diversification in the Caribbean.
As well as showcasing design talent, FAME-Caribbean 2K17 will aim to offer young designers opportunities to intern at established fashion houses; to campaign for tax incentives and loans for new business; and create home-grown employment opportunities for Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design graduates.
At the opening ceremony on 7th November 2017 a flag bearer from each country will wear an outfit that typifies their nation. The nations represented will be Antigua, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago. The Buyer’s Tent will offer fashion accessories for sale.
About Andrew Ramroop:
Trinidad born Andrew Ramroop is Managing Director and Master Tailor at Maurice Sedwell Ltd on Savile Row, London. Amongst other accolades he is the only practicing master tailor on Savile Row to be honoured with the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Tailoring and Training. He holds a Professorship for Distinction in the Field of Tailoring from the University of the Arts London (home to the London College of Fashion) and was named as one of the Most Influential Black Designers by the Fashion Institute of Technology Museum, New York.
Andrew Ramroop says, “FAME-Caribbean 2K17 is the brainchild born out of my experiences in the menswear industry for the last fifty years. Having travelled extensively on invitation to international fashion events, visited manufacturing facilities and fabric spinning mills, I have seen first-hand how much improvement is needed in the Caribbean in the areas of high quality craftsmanship, design and delivery. FAME-Caribbean primary objective is to address these needs by positioning ourselves to offer sustainable business development, mentoring and support to practitioners in Trinidad & Tobago.”