Pamela Coke-Hamilton Executive Director Caribbean Export

Pamela Coke-Hamilton Executive Director Caribbean Export

In Caribbean news. Bridgetown, Barbados, October 14, 2013. The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) is pleased to announce that following the recent call for designers, seven designers have been selected to be supported to attend Dominicana Moda (DM2013) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on October 21-26, 2013.

The seven fashion design firms are; ILashan Apparel & Handmade Jewelry from The Bahamas; the Andrew Harris Collection of Barbados; Odanis Valdez Polonia from the Dominican Republic; MARSAE of Guyana; Mag Art from Haiti; Patwa Apparel Ltd from Jamaica and MEILING Inc. from Trinidad and Tobago.

The selection panel included the Artistic Director of Salon de la Fama SRL; Mr. Socrates Mckinney, the Deputy Director of Escuela Chavon (affiliated with Parsons School of Design),   Mr. Adolfo Lucero and Mrs. Ileana Tejada from Caribbean Export.  The team reviewed 27 applications from across the region and scored them based on criteria such as completeness of application, availability of collections that will be showcased, experience and potentiality to export their talent in an international level.

With the exception of MEILING, all the designers selected are new talent to DM2013 who will participate in all activities revolving around the event and present their collections on the runway. Some designers will be selected to showcase their collections in the designer’s mall only.   MEILING participated in DM2012 and received great success with concrete business.

In the past 8 years, Dominicana Moda has grown to be the official Fashion Week of the Dominican Republic thus the most important platform for the Fashion Industry. Throughout its history it has certainly become the fastest growing runway show in the Latin American region.

The Bahamas – Ilashan Apparel & Handmade Jewelry (Indira Moss). Photo courtesy CEDA

The Bahamas – Ilashan Apparel & Handmade Jewelry (Indira Moss). Photo courtesy CEDA

Caribbean Export is highly committed to the development of the Fashion sector in the Region and seeks to enable opportunities such as these to engage relevant stakeholders and foster sector-wide integration; as well as, to promote and strengthen ties in the fashion industry in the Caribbean, via cooperation among the great Caribbean designers and the textile industry in the Dominican Republic.

This collaborative effort 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.

Barbados – Andrew Harris Collection (Andrew Harris). Photo courtesy CEDA

Barbados – Andrew Harris Collection (Andrew Harris). Photo courtesy CEDA

Dominican Republic – Odanis Valdez Polonia. Photo courtesy CEDA

Dominican Republic – Odanis Valdez Polonia. Photo courtesy CEDA

Guyana – MARSAE (Marcie De Santos). Photo courtesy CEDA

Guyana – MARSAE (Marcie De Santos). Photo courtesy CEDA

Haiti – Mag Art (Maguy Durce). Photo courtesy CEDA

Haiti – Mag Art (Maguy Durce). Photo courtesy CEDA

Jamaica – Patwa Apparel (Heneka Watkis-Porter). Photo courtesy CEDA

Jamaica – Patwa Apparel (Heneka Watkis-Porter). Photo courtesy CEDA

Trinidad & Tobago – Meiling (Meiling Esau). Photo courtesy CEDA

Trinidad & Tobago – Meiling (Meiling Esau). Photo courtesy CEDA