The Caribbean Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Robert Young’s band Vulgar Fraction’s presentation for 2017 is called the Caribbean Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.

The models were people Robert selected from the crowd. He dressed them and they began twirling. The band has a loose structure, but I was surprised by how I was warming to it. The costumes, the concept, the possibility of playing mas with the band.

The mas camp is based at Propaganda Space, 24 Erthig Road in Belmont. Check them out there or virtually via their Facebook page.

See you (maybe) on the road.

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Adventures in Fashion Journalism

Spent some time at The Cloth on Wednesday talking to Robert Young about FashionTT’s plan for a Garment Production Facility. Robert is advocating that it be a worker-owned arrangement.

He was also excited by the re-opening of a permanant retail space, at the place where it began, the Normandie. 

It was nice seeing people pop in and leave with a piece or two. The Cloth makes statement pieces, I may be adding one of its pieces to my wardrobe soon.

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.