Toronto, Ontario has never been hotter than during Fashion Has No Borders. Fashion Has No Borders is the largest showcase of Caribbean fashion talent in North America. Fashion Has No Borders takes place on July 25th, 2008 at Palais Royale Ballroom in Toronto, Ontario, overlooking Lake Ontario. Eighteen designers representing the Caribbean USA and Europe will introduce their collections. We are partnering with Canadian fashion businesses and Caribbean countries to act as a bridge between the talented Caribbean apparel design sector and important international markets. We believe the Canadian fashion industry is ripe for exposure to the innovative designs and vibrant colours of Caribbean designers. Our strategy is to eventually showcase and market the Caribbean apparel industry to the world.
CFC wants to meet all talented emerging and established Caribbean fashion designers interested in showcasing. We are interested in applications from Caribbean Designer from all of the Caribbean islands, Europe, United States and Canada who have the talent and drive to make a big splash on the world stage.
Fashion Television star Jeanne Beker will be hosting CFC's international runway show and Jamaican-born super model Stacey McKenzie is our ambassador. We have hired only the best to run this event. The runway shows will be professionally staged using top lighting and sound companies as well as professional runway models.
We know that Caribbean fashion designers attract attention at regional and international events. And we also know that these small and innovative apparel businesses have few resources to market themselves consistently to the world. CFC, with contacts and alliances with fashion industry bodies, fashion events and experts, was formed to fill that marketing gap.
We will be carefully vetting and choosing our Caribbean partners, based on the quality of their designs, their marketability and their ability to fulfill orders. See our web site for information about linking with CFC www.caribbeanfashioncanada.com
The fashion and beauty industry is a billion dollar business, one in which the Caribbean apparel sector should share and contribute to. CFC will ensure that happens.
About Caribbean Fashion Canada Inc.: CFC is a marketing organization that provides a forum offering international exposure and promotion especially for Caribbean designers that are interested in finding opportunities in the global market. CFC creates high profile platforms to showcase the work and creativity of established and emerging Caribbean fashion designers, and to promote the diverse fabric of Caribbean fashion both domestically and internationally. CFC has local, regional, national and international alliances, partnerships and relationships with industry bodies, events, and experts. One of our main events is Fashion Has No Borders
an annual industry event that proactively engages global buyers and merchandisers from the major chains and independent retailers.
About Sharon Cornwall: CFC's President and Managing Director, Ms. Cornwall, is a professional consultant and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in corporate, public and higher education environments. Ms. Cornwall has been instrumental in creating and producing several major events. She is the Founder and Producer of The Canadian National Griot Award, which awarded the notable Barbadian author Austin Clarke a lifetime achievement award in 2003. Ms. Cornwall also produces retreats for youth between the ages 0f 14-28. Her many years of experience in show production, facility management, talent management, event coordination, market research, as well as teaching, writing, and business administration are a potent combination for her role as Managing Director of CFC. She brings international business consulting expertise to the position and a wide network of contacts in the fashion industry throughout the Caribbean and North America, which she has gained from her many travels and personal research. Ms. Cornwall oversees all aspects of SGL Caribbean Fashion Canada Week, from sponsors, designers, venue selection and model casting, to operations and public relations.
About Gilbert Rowe: as CFC's Vice President of Operations, Mr. Rowe, oversees all show production activities. Mr. Rowe is an experienced entrepreneur and show production professional. He is best known for founding the Barbados Jazz Festival, which he started in 1994. Mr. Rowe is the owner of GMR International Tours Inc. and the Managing Director of the Barbados Jazz Festival, a major show for Barbadian jazz musicians that has become an incubator of young Barbadian talent. Mr. Rowe also played a key role in the creation of the St. Lucia Jazz Festival and the Grenada Spice Festival. The Barbados Jazz Festival is one of a handful of the world's privately owned jazz music festivals and is hailed as a premiere music festival in the Caribbean region. It has the power to attract international stars such as Wynton Marsalis, Ray Charles, Patti La Belle, Luther Vandross, Alicia Keyes, Gladys Knight, Earth and Fire, Lou Rawls, Four Play, Jill Scott, India Arie, Grover, and Ellis Marsalis. The Barbados Jazz Festival has also increased tourism to the island. It is estimated the Festival generated B$5 million in 2007 for Barbados through hotel and other hospitality receipts. The Festival was nominated for the award of Best Jazz Festival in the World in 1999 and won the award for Best Caribbean Musical Event in 2000 and 2001. The festival is also credited with setting off a flood of Barbadian jazz albums: ten years ago there were few Barbadian artists with jazz albums available but today many CDs are on the market.
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