The maiden edition in 2016 was a bomb!
The 2016 debut of the consumer-focused event, GTBank Fashion Weekend attracted over 30,000 guests. Till date, it created the biggest and most thrilling exposé of African fashion to take place on the continent.
Created to showcase the best of Africa’s Fashion to a global audience and promote the effervescent enterprise of the continent’s growing fashion industry, the GTBank Fashion weekend is a free business platform that brings together indigenous SMEs in the fashion space to learn from and interact with fashion leaders from across the globe whilst making record sales to tens of thousands of consumers who throng to the 2-day event to experience the best of Africa’s fashion.
“The GTBank Fashion Weekend is an initiative that is unlocking growth opportunities for small businesses and putting African fashion on a global pedestal,” said the Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank, Mr Segun Agbaje.
Announcing the second edition of the event which will hold on the 11th and 12th November, 2017, Agbaje remarked that the GTBank Fashion Weekend will showcase talents that will be placed on internatonal pedestal.
He said, “The Weekend will not only give visibility to the amazing talents and entrepreneurial drive of our people at home, it will also connect them with fashion leaders abroad, in order to build local capacity and expertise across the entire Fashion Value Chain.”
Now known to have a massive impact with an expansive and inclusive initiative, the fashion weekend is set to feature many fashion experts among who are reality TV personality and runway coach J Alexander, best known for his work on America’s Next Top Model; award-winning fashion designer, Giles Deacon, Kenyan-born Vanessa Kingori, publisher of British Vogue Magazine, Editor in-Chief of Essence Magazine, Vanessa De Luca, multi-talented Nigerian photographer TY Bello, professional Makeup Artist and Educator, Danessa Myricks and Fashion Editor & Style Consultant, Shiona Turini, amongst others.
With our indigenous SMEs being exposed to and connected with such experienced hands in the global fashion industry, the SME route to Africa’s fashion growth is being paved and tarred for rapid growth and sustainable development for not just the industry, but our economy as a whole.
Organised by foremost financial institution, Guaranty Trust plc, the GTBank Fashion Weekend, serves up a very important and significant example.