Ner lauds en­coun­ters with Ital­ian sh­ion in­dus­try at CARIFESTA

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Fraser told Stabroek Busi­ness that it ap­peared to her that de­sign­ers in the re­gion were lack­ing in the tech­nol­ogy that would en­able them to com­pete with the best in the world at this stage. “At this stage there are also is­sues with the fin­ish to our cre­ations,” Fraser said, adding that the ex­pe­ri­ence helped the par­tic­i­pat­ing re­gional de­sign­ers “to un­der­stand ex­actly where we are.”

But ac­cord­ing to Fraser the weak­nesses in the re­gional cre­ative sec­tor did not nec­es­sar­ily pre­clude their work from get­ting the at­ten­tion of mar­kets in coun­tries like Italy.

”What they ap­pear to be look­ing for is tal­ent and style. With train­ing any­thing is pos­si­ble.”

A re­lease on the en­counter from the CARICOM Sec­re­tar­iat said that a spe­cial showcase and busi­ness meet­ing was well-re­ceived by the Caribbean de­sign­ers with each par­tic­i­pant pro­vided with feed­back and ad­vice by the Ital­ian ex­perts for fur­ther­ing the de­vel­op­ment of their fash­ion lines.”

Fraser told Stabroek Busi­ness that the col­lec­tive op­por­tu­nity af­forded the ten re­gional de­sign­ers to en­gage the Ital­ians also af­forded an op­por­tu­nity for in­tra-re­gional networking out of which a re­gional cre­ative or­ga­ni­za­tion is ex­pected to be set up with the sup­port of CARICOM.

Carol Fraser pre­sent­ing one of her cre­ations to Ital­ian Fash­ion De­signer Roberto Cor­belli

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