The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) supports six (6) regional designers to be part of Dominicana Moda 2014 (DM2014) in the Dominican Republic. The Agency is pleased to support Kimya Glasgow of St. Vincent & the Grenadines, who specialises in eco-luxury Resort wear; Heather Jones International of Trinidad & Tobago, which produces hand-painted silk chiffon garments; Christian Boucaud Designs, also of Trinidad & Tobago, which creates custom resort wear garments; Jean Yves Marchand of Haiti, who specialises in ready to wear clothing and Reve Jewelry and Accessories of Jamaica, who creates luxury, hand-made jewelery. These designers were successful applicants to the Call for Expressions of Interest, which was issued in July of this year.
Caribbean Export is highly committed to the development of the Fashion sector in the Region and seeks to facilitate opportunities such as these to support designers to penetrate new markets and gain greater exposure.
In addition to participating in the runway shows and the MALL, Caribbean Export will be supporting designers to visit manufacturing units in Haiti this year. It is hoped that creating these business linkages between regional designers and manufacturing units will promote vertical integration of the CARIFORUM economies.
This collaborative effort with Dominicana Moda will provide a great opportunity for emerging and established fashion designers in the Caribbean to expose their vision at a regional and international stage, thus positioning the Caribbean as an international go-to location for Fashion design and ingenuity.
Since its inception in 2006, Dominicana Moda has developed into a very important platform for the Fashion Industry, as the official Fashion Week of the Dominican Republic. Throughout its history it has become the fastest growing runway show in the Latin American region. Dominicana Moda is an annual event for around 6 days of continuous runway shows where the best brands and designers come together. Major fashion houses have participated in the past, and this year it it is expected to be even bigger than before. Dominicana Moda is carded for October 20th to October 25th, and will take place at the Hotel Embajador in Santo Domingo.