Celebrated fashion designer Lilly Alfonso said Thursday that fashion designers in the country need to continue being resourceful, artistic and original in order to grow the industry.
Alfonso said for a long time many designers haven’t had a chance to explore and get exposure.
“I have been looking at a bigger picture on ways to see designers grow and see themselves beyond. So, I am always there to find ways to inspire, motivate, support, educate and transfer skills,” she said.
Alfonso added: “I am happy to share opportunities designers can explore including what Afrexim Bank is offering to Africa,” she said.
Meanwhile, Alfonso has called on fashion designers in the country to participate in the African Fashion Entrepreneurs which has called for submissions for the second edition –Portugal Fashion 2022 supported by Afreximbank.
African Export-Import Bank’s Creative Africa Nexus (Canex) and Portugal’s National Association of Young Entrepreneurs (Anje) have put out a call for applications from fashion designers in Africa, the Caribbean and the Diaspora to participate in the 2022 editions of the flagship programme to take place in Porto, Portugal from March 16-19 and October 11-15 October.
According to a press statement, Canex Presents Africa at Portugal Fashion provides a platform for the development of emerging fashion designers by supporting the transfer skills through mentorship from industry experts while providing market access opportunities, to boost production, sales and distribution.
The programme also aims at equipping participants with the skills that will enable them to create financially sustainable businesses with the potential to scale as well as provide support with go to market and international strategies.
The statement says the programme has a blended format, mixing physical events with digital elements to enable linkages and partnerships.
Alfonso last year flew the country’s flag when she spoke at the Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF) 2021 in Durban, South Africa.