Trinidad Fashion

I’ve been doing a bit of shopping lately, window and otherwise, of local fashion things. I’ve mentioned my Meiling adventures, I stopped by the Jade Gedeon pop-up at Medulla, and yesterday I interviewed Robert Young of The Cloth. I should mention that I’ve ordered a Loud by Afiya skirt, I’m so excited about that purchase.

Local fashion is having a bit of a revival. With places like Blue Basin, The Shop at Normandie, Anya’s Exhibit A and good ole’ Social Media, Trinbagonian shoppers are spoilt for choice.

And we have everything from workwear, swimwear, pret a fĂȘter and Monday wear, local designers are covering all bases.

What I’m really interested in is the sustainability of all of this. Garment production facilities are urgently needed, or so some local designers have told me. FashionTT is looking to start-up one that would be ready to take orders as early as April. But there’s a problem. When FashionTT presented their plans to local designers, some of them walked out, because they were concerned with the ownership of the facility. I spoke to Robert Young who says, they prefer a “worker-run” and managed facility so that the workers have a stake in the company. But they also manage their own affairs. It remains to be seen what comes out of this. I will try to keep you posted.

That said, it’s nice to see more retail shops finding space for local designers on their racks. Like J.Angelique for Jebelle and Marie Collette and Adrian Foster for 212 Location. I attended the launch of the latter, and my report for C News Live is after this post.

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J.Angelique and the Caribbean Business of Fashion

I’ve been scoping her brand for a bit, and this week I finally got the chance to meet Jin Forde, the designer of J.Angelique about her brand and her aesthetic.

What I was trying to get at, is her path to success. It appears that presentation is key. Her website: jangelique.com is pretty, easy to navigate and professionally done. And this is an updated version to match her latest collection Wildflower. The previous versions were equally as impressive.

As for her aesthetic. I like it, even if I think that I need to lose a few pounds before I become a customer. But more importantly, I can see the story behind her collections, and get a feel for the J.Angelique woman by viewing her collections.

The takeaway from this interview was the need to be original, but realistic in our business ventures, and the value of a professional package.

The flowered dress that you see in the video, is from her Wildflower collection. Blossom was inspired by a conversation with Ashelle Waddell, who distributes Shibue, a strapless panty. I’ll be looking out for the brave fashionistas who’ll actually wear this one out.