11th July 2014
The launch of the E-commerce store, which CFW Founder Kingsley Cooper described as “an organic evolution of Caribbean Fashion Week” allows Caribbean designers to monetise their creativity and export to the UK & USA, creating a positive social and economic impact within the Caribbean diaspora in the process.
International media including Italian Vogue, The Daily Express and Essence Magazine were present to celebrate and support the opening. The Express described ‘the CFW experience’ as ‘a colourful carnival of must-have delights’. See the write up here.
Caribbean Fashion Week also played host to the 2014 business forum, with forum Panelists including, international brand specialist Kubi Springer of SheBuildsBrands.com, Peta-Gay Miller of the Jamaica National Bank, Cultural Commentator Rozan Ahmed,the esteemed Professor Carolyn Cooper and own UK PR expert Jessica Huie.
The annual forum was geared toward helping fashion designers and creative entrepreneurs to monetise their talent and creates commercially viable businesses.
Last Tuesday saw over 600 young budding entrepreneurs compete in the finals of the annual National Enterprise Challenge (TNEC). TNEC, the brainchild of social entrepreneurs and cousins, Ben and Michael Dyer, partnered with high-street giant Ryman to deliver the programme.
With the support of one of the best-known names in business, Ryman boss Theo Paphitis, TNEC 2014 demonstrated that it is never too early to nurture an entrepreneurial mindset.
Created to encourage an entrepreneurial spirit from an early age – regardless of economic background or ability – the inter-school competition is available to all secondary schools in the UK.
The 600 finalists included pupils from Blythe Bridge High School, Endon High School, Trentham High School, Sandon Business, Enterprise and Arts College, Wolstanton High School and Leek High Specialist Technology School. The Priory were overall winners and crowned national champion.
It is never too early to take action. That business idea you have, the new product you have been thinking of developing, the workshop you have been meaning to book; the career you were intending to change, do it.
An idea remains an idea until it has been put into action. All success begins with a thought, which evolves into a series of actions, which result in the implementation of the successful end goal. Speed of implementation is key. If your circumstances don’t allow you to live your aspirations at present, there is ALWAYS something you can be doing to arm you for the future you are designing. If you aren’t doing this then you aren’t acting, and if you aren’t acting then you aren’t committed.