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15th February 2018     

The Commonwealth Fashion Council celebrates Commonwealth Fashion Industries and four years of achievements at the end of London Fashion Week

Designers and brands from all six Commonwealth regions demonstrate how Commonwealth Fashion is positively contributing to the global fashion sector.

LONDON, UK – The New Zealand High Commission are hosting a Commonwealth Fashion Reception to highlight the contribution of Commonwealth Fashion to the global fashion sector.

Guests from a range of sectors including fashion design and manufacture, technology, innovation, trade, government, youth and gender empowerment and education will gather to discuss the US$100 billion industry and its role in the Commonwealth.

Products on display provide a demonstration of work from across Commonwealth fashion industries:

  • A selection of cork bags made through the CFC’s 100% Made in the Commonwealth initiative supported by Exim Bank (part of the Bank of India). The bags bring together a designer from Sri Lanka (Veth Gunasekara) and a manufacturer/brand (Arture) from India.
  • Triarchy a Canadian luxury denim brand asks you ‘how much water are you wearing?’.
  • Black Coffee an iconic brand from South Africa, known for their exquisite textiles will be on display.
  • Meiling with her 100% cotton piece and necklace (a collaboration with Nature Seekers), from Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Madam Wokie from Sierra Leone will show a traditional silhouette dress inspired by the Mende Women.
  • Koco an Australian based company that empowers women in south India with training and employment will be knitting us a jumper.
  • Andrew Logan’s handmade brooches, all unique pieces, from the UK.

For more information on participants, please see: http://commonwealthfashioncouncil.org/events/

The reception celebrates the spirit and vision of this year’s Commonwealth Theme: ‘Towards a Common Future’: the Commonwealth Fashion Council is delighted to be part of that future.

The reception is a warm up to the Commonwealth Fashion Council launch at the Victoria & Albert Museum in April, timed to coincide with the Commonwealth Summit where more than 50 Heads of Governments from across our vibrant ‘Family of Nations’ will gather.

Daniel Hatton, CEO & Founder of the Commonwealth Fashion Council (CFC) said: “it has been an amazing four years and 2018 will be a spectacular year for Commonwealth Fashion and the Commonwealth Summit brings a much needed spotlight on the outstanding contribution of Commonwealth Fashion. Industries and designers coming together can achieve so much more and our vision is to facilitate that dialogue for a more prosperous Commonwealth and Global Fashion Sector.”

The Royal Commonwealth Society said: “The Commonwealth is home to a remarkable diversity of cultures, and perhaps nowhere is this more visible than in the world of fashion. As such, The Royal Commonwealth Society welcomes the opportunity for cultural exchange which this showcase of Commonwealth fashion brings. The involvement of Commonwealth countries whose fashion industries do not often receive much media attention is of particular interest. It is our hope that the event will serve to foster greater cultural knowledge and understanding between citizens of the Commonwealth.”

Jade Fletcher, from Jade Green Events said: ‘Any event we work on, we focus on bringing brands and concepts to life.  We understand and value the creative thought process, and then manage the creativity by applying logistical and strategic support.  We are thrilled to be working on such a collaborative and inspiring project and movement.’

The Commonwealth Fashion Council (CFC) is a not-for-profit, Commonwealth-accredited organisation.  The CFC works to support and advocate sustainable development, education, youth and gender empowerment in the current and emerging fashion industries within the 53 member Nations of the Commonwealth.

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Contact Details:

Daniel Hatton: Daniel@commonwealthfashioncouncil.org  +44 (0) 7435 653 655

Jade Green: Jade@jadegreenevents.com

www.commonwealthfashioncouncil.org

The Commonwealth: A collection of 53 nations [previously 52], spanning 6 continents, with a population of 2.4 billion people, almost half of whom are under 30.  Includes established economies (UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand) as well as emerging markets like India, Nigeria, Malaysia, and South Africa.

The numbers: It is estimated that there are 1 billion consumers within the Commonwealth. Commonwealth GDP is US$10.4 trillion today and projected to be US$14 trillion by 2020.

The value of goods and services is estimated to be worth US$3.1 trillion.

Intra-Commonwealth trade is projected to be worth $1 trillion by 2020; it is 15% cheaper to do business in the Commonwealth (shared legal systems and language). Commonwealth Fashion Industries are becoming wealthier and looking to establish new trading partners.

Commonwealth Partner

Commonwealth Fashion Council supports the Canadian Fashion Industry

Canadian fashion shares spotlight in first-ever Commonwealth Fashion Exchange at Buckingham Palace

Fashion advocate Robin Kay appointed board member of Commonwealth Fashion Council; Lucian Matis and Triarchy to showcase in London

 TORONTO, ONThis Fashion Month, Canada is making its mark on the Commonwealth stage. Industry veteran Robin Kay is activating her support and business savvy as an official board member on the Commonwealth Fashion Council (CFC), a non-profit organization focused on the advancement of Commonwealth fashion industries, recently accredited by the Commonwealth Secretariat.

During London Fashion Week, the CFC will jointly  host the first-ever Commonwealth Fashion Exchange, a major showcase of collaborative pieces created by established and emerging designers and artisans from across the 52 Commonwealth countries. The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange will be revealed in a celebration at Buckingham Palace on February 19, in the presence of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and HRH The Countess of Wessex. Canadian womenswear designer Lucian Matis will represent Canada with a single gown, showcased alongside artisans from the Namibian Omba Arts Trust and chosen by the Woolmark Edit endorsement

The exhibit will then be displayed at select locations across London starting February 21, including Australia House, before eventually travelling to select Commonwealth countries. It will also live online through a digital platform hosted by Google Arts & Culture.

 “I am honoured to be a part of the CFC’s first London event alongside our established fashion partners,” said Robin Kay. “The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange, rich in collaboration and creativity, is a testament to the global tapestry that makes up our industry. I believe Canada’s involvement in the CFC will generate a new conversation and positively enlighten our homeland fashion identity, providing direct insight into how other countries endorse and identify their fashion sectors. There is an urgent need for policy adjustments within the creative cluster to ensure the sector’s future as a viable pillar of culture and commerce.

“The modern Commonwealth is young and creative and represents a third of the world’s population, 60% of whom are under the age of 30. Fashion represents a powerful common language and platform through which to influence young people around key issues,” said Baroness Patricia Scotland, Secretary General of The Commonwealth. “The Fashion Exchange has collaboration and partnership at its heart, forging new networks and making the Commonwealth Summit themes of prosperity, sustainability and fairness very real and tangible.”

The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange will champion the power and potential of artisan fashion skills to deliver new networks, trade links and highlight sustainability.

Each high profile Canadian delegate demonstrates these mandates as industry innovators in their own spheres. As an expert of intricacy, Lucian Matis uses clever cutting and embroidery to complement his glamorous gowns. His VIP clientele, including Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, have brought Lucian international recognition. Triarchy, showing February 20 at New Zealand House, has revolutionized the industry with its sustainably made, low water consuming denim alongside its Atelier line, comprised of repurposed vintage denim. The brand champions true sustainability, down to the fine details of recycled leather labels and repurposed hardware.

The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange is an ambitious project with long term aims being developed in partnership with Swarovski and The Woolmark Company. Retail partner MATCHESFASHION.COM will launch an edited collection resulting from the Exchange in September this year. The project is being managed by Eco-Age with the support of the newly accredited Commonwealth Fashion Council and The British Fashion Council.

About The Commonwealth Fashion Council

The Commonwealth Fashion Council (CFC) is a not-for-profit, Commonwealth-accredited organization.  The CFC works to support and advocate sustainable development, education, youth and gender empowerment in the current and emerging fashion industries within the 52 member Nations of the Commonwealth.

About Robin Kay

Robin Kay is one of Canada’s unfaltering voices for the fashion industry. A self-taught designer, she ran a successful eponymous brand for 25 years that held 600 wholesale accounts across North America, and 22 stores across the country. This journey led her to pioneer the largest Fashion Week in Canada. She transferred ownership of the event in 2012 to focus on the larger work of Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC), a not-for-profit dedicated to supporting the Canadian fashion industry she helped establish. Since then, Kay has been tirelessly working to engage government in conversation to identify the fashion community as a pillar of culture and commerce in Canada and create a new national policy that acknowledges all designers’ contributions in this country.

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SETFORDS SOLICITORS PARTNERS WITH THE COMMONWEALTH FASHION COUNCIL TO SUPPORT THE FASHION INDUSTRIES ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH

Posted: February 1, 2018 at 10:00 am

Press Release

31 January 2018

Setfords Solicitors has partnered with the Commonwealth Fashion Council (CFC), a not-for-profit, Commonwealth-accredited organisation dedicated to furthering the development and recognition of fashion industries across the 52 Commonwealth countries. Setfords has been appointed to provide all the legal services to the CFC.

Supporting the CFC’s development, and launch later this year, John Greager (Senior Consultant, Solicitor-Advocate & Mediator) at Setfords London has joined the CFC’s Board. Together with Michael Edwards (a Senior Consultant with Setfords, who is an expert in commercial and corporate law), they will help the CFC to deliver sustainable development programmes for all those who work across the Commonwealth fashion industries. Together, they will provide expert counsel to the CFC on its global initiatives, as well as provide legal advice and support, including commercial advice for emerging talents.

Daniel Hatton, CEO and Founder of the CFC, said of John’s appointment: “I am thrilled to welcome John to the Board of the CFC. John offers empathetic, intelligent advice and creative, practical solutions in all areas of the law relating to the fashion industry. Alongside Setfords’ wider experience in the creative industries—from fashion to broadcast, digital to design—the firm is ideally placed to assist talented designers realise their ambitions, and for fashion brands to grow and prosper internationally.”

A new initiative, the CFC will host a series of events in February to coincide with London Fashion Week, showcasing Commonwealth fashion talent and facilitating debate and discussion on the development of the industry across the world. The CFC’s official launch will take place in April to coincide with the Commonwealth Summit (also known as CHOGM), which will be held in London and Windsor.

John said: “London ranks as one of the world’s leading fashion centres, and is arguably the legal and financial capital of the world. Launching the CFC in the UK will help raise London’s profile within the global fashion industry. While law and fashion may seem worlds apart, a legal underpinning is essential to any creative endeavour to ensure the protection of ideas and talent. Our work will ensure that emerging talents (as well as established brands) find themselves supported, inspired and, importantly, protected. I am delighted to join the CFC in its work to showcase the best of Commonwealth fashion talent. In this time of Brexit, the closer ties we can help forge with countries across the Commonwealth, the surer and brighter the UK’s future will be.”

Contacts:

John Greager
Senior Consultant, Solicitor-Advocate & Mediator
Setfords London, 46 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1JE
jgreager@setfords.co.uk

Press Enquiries:

Amy Sutton
Public Relations Manager
Setfords Solicitors
asutton@setfords.co.uk
Tel: 01483 408780 (ext.1051)

Daniel Hatton
CEO & Founder
Commonwealth Fashion Council
daniel@commonwealthfashioncouncil.org

PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT BETWEEN THE ‘COMMONWEALTH FASHION COUNCIL’ AND THE ‘GLOBAL CONSCIOUS MOVEMENT’

Posted: September 13, 2017 at 7:04 am

Press Release

13th September 2017

Partnership announcement between the ‘Commonwealth Fashion Council’ and the ‘Global Conscious Movement’

The Commonwealth Fashion Council (CFC) is excited to announce our new partnership with the Global Conscious Movement (GCM).

GCM International Consultancy seeks to bring together professionals and leaders established in their respective fields to create a network of professionals committed to working together to assist in the creation of the world’s most ethical and compassionate systems, institutions and companies.

Safia Iman, Director of GCM said: ‘GCM is very proud to be partnering with the Commonwealth Fashion Council in order to bring to life the values of the Commonwealth Charter and to explore conscious innovation in global fashion and its important relationship with the citizenship that is the Commonwealth’.

The partnership will see GCM deliver two sessions to enable meaningful dialogue across the Commonwealth Fashion Industries (CFI’s). One of those for February 2018 to coincide with London Fashion Week and another to coincide with the launch of the Commonwealth Fashion Council during the Commonwealth Summit, which begins, April 16th. The sessions will then form a blueprint for council members to further discussions across our Commonwealth.

GCM will also reiterate the constitution of the CFC and develop more conscious ‘frameworks’ for the day to day running of the council. Those frameworks include creating a table to measure programmes against our purpose, to see if programmes align with our overall mission and to demonstrate clearly how the ‘Global Conscious Movement’ can improve the productivity, and readiness of the CFC.

Daniel Hatton the Director and Founder of the CFC said: ‘The Commonwealth Charter is the foundation of todays ‘Contemporary Commonwealth’. I believe that the Charter has within it a moral compass for people and business and implemented in the right way, with accountability, will ensure its principles of; democracy, anti corruption, sustainability, youth and gender empowerment, to name a few. To be conscious and compassionate can, as we will demonstrate, improve profitability, productivity and the sharing of knowledge.

The Commonwealth today is a voluntary association of 52 nations, with 2.4 billion citizens – 60% are below the age of 30 years. This family of nations spans across Africa, Asia, Pacific, Caribbean, Europe and Americas and include most of humanities ideologies.

The Commonwealth has 1 billion consumers and the highest number of consumer classes and middle classes. This presents an opportunity for GCM and the CFC to connect with this ‘youth oriented market’ to educate and influence a more conscious consumer and emerging businesses.

Commonwealth Fashion Council

Contact Daniel, on:

Daniel@commonwealthfashioncouncil.org

http://www.commonwealthfashioncouncil.org/

Global Conscious Movement International Consultancy

Contact Safia, on:

info@globalconscious.co.uk

http://globalconscious.co.uk/

PRESS RELEASE: COMMONWEALTH FASHION COUNCIL (CFC) ACHIEVES COMMONWEALTH ACCREDITATION FROM THE COMMONWEALTH SECRETARIAT’ BOARD OF GOVERNORS’

Posted: June 20, 2017 at 9:39 am

Press Release: Commonwealth Fashion Council (CFC) achieves Commonwealth Accreditation from the Commonwealth Secretariats’ Board of Governors

The CFC is now an accredited Commonwealth organisation and has been acknowledged formally by the Board of Governors within the Commonwealth Secretariat. The CFC falls under the category ‘Civil Society Organisations’.

The Commonwealth had until now, no accredited fashion body to develop the Commonwealth Fashion Industries, which as a market is worth £120 billion GBP ($150 billion USD).

The CFC brings 25 fashion councils and weeks together from across our Commonwealth. We construct programmes to develop the industries, programmes focussing on education, development, trade, youth and gender empowerment.

The Commonwealth has over 80 accredited organisations across 52 Commonwealth countries. Those organisations fall across diverse sectors such as: education, health, finance, archiving, rule of law, women’s development and youth empowerment to name a few.

The opportunities for the CFC is to bring together fashion industries and Commonwealth governments at such events as the up and coming Commonwealth Summit, happening April 2018 in London. This presents the environment to submit papers, influence agendas and to encourage what is most needed within the global fashion sector; which are cross regional policies, agreements and implementation.

The Commonwealth is a cosmos of 52 nations across Africa, Asia, Europe, Caribbean, Pacific and Americas; all regions covered include some of the largest and smallest industries on the planet. This enables a diverse range of industries the opportunity to come together and collectively start a conversation to address issues.

The CFC now facilitates that space so that like-minded people, industries and nations can come together.

The CFC will now continue to work on our programmes and will also continue our work with the Commonwealth governments to officially launch April 2018 to coincide with the Commonwealth Summit.

Contact

daniel@commonwealthfashioncouncil.org

RESEARCH ASSISTANT (INTERNSHIP)

Posted: May 7, 2017 at 5:40 pm

THE COMMONWEALTH FASHION COUNCIL – JOB PROFILE

Job Title: Research Assistant (INTERNSHIP)

Responsible to: Daniel Hatton (CFC Founder) & Ryan Peeney (Head of Archives)

Key Liaison with: Founder’s Administration Office and the Archivist (Research Steering Group), plus external facing clients

Post: Research Assistant

Department: Head of Archives

Responsible to: Ryan Peeney

Tenure: 6 months (with possible extension), plus 1 month initial probation period

Expenses: Travel covered

Start date: June 2017

Hours: 5-10 hours per week (these hours may decrease at less busy periods)

Locations: this post is available to work from home (80%) plus, on-site occasionally (20%).

Job Purpose: the purpose of this post is to support the programme of research relating to the Archivist’s research programme.

Projects incl.

Research into Commonwealth fashion – their locations, key people, contact information and web sources (to build excel databases and PowerPoint presentations: image and text content)

Research into cultural and heritage institutions and organisations across the globe – their locations, key people, contact information and web sources (to build excel databases and PowerPoint presentations)

Drafting emails and using draft letters for communication with external clients

Visiting organisations (when/if required)

Attending bi-monthly meetings to present and discuss research outputs (with Founder and Archivist)

Building relationships with council members of the Commonwealth Fashion Council.

Role Profile:

To manage assigned research projects to help develop the Council’s research programme. Archive research requests are usually set-out by the Archivist and Founder to build data sources for partnerships (profiles and contacts for regional, national and international key people within the fashion sectors across 52 nations worldwide). Some general research and administration will be handed over from time-to-time to support relational tasks from both the Founder and the Archivist.

Main Responsibilities

Part 1. Research/Administration: conducting standard level research (online) and through other means such as, exhibitions or events (for printed matter), and to support admin tasks by;

Participating in consultations with Founder and Archivist to discuss project specifications, workflow, and potential problems
Defining and identifying data selected from project briefs for presenting and sharing research outputs to Founder and Archivist

Coordination of data collection and data processing streams (linking processes of research from start to finish)

Manage projects to stay in line with meeting deadlines and accuracy/completeness of projects

Perform quality control on collected and processed data; track reports

Prioritize and complete assigned projects and workload

Provide bi-monthly status reports to Founder and Archivist (performance reports)

Maintain tracking reports for all data collected and processed

Support administration tasks as required, such as minute taking at bi-monthly meetings, plus support social media strategies.

Part 2. Information Legislation: work with confidential documents and information adhering to Data Protection Act principles by;

Records are accurately recorded and retained for business purpose and not for personal use (and dealt with in the strictest of confidence)

Records are processes fairly and lawfully under current Data Protection legislation (for each territory) i.e. outside of the EU.

Part 3. Communications – work efficiently between the Council’s internal and external facing network and contacts by;

Providing good interpersonal skills: the ability to liaise with staff at all levels by establishing professional relationships with the people you come into contact with

Responsible for ensuring good communication skills (oral/written/presentation) is delivered

Responsible for communicating clearly when presenting research and reports.

Additional Information

Part 4. Training, policies, and operations:

We offer full training and provide all project management tools to administer research: templates and demonstrations will be given to you and support throughout all undertakings

We expect you to carry out your responsibilities with due regard to the department’s policies and procedures relating to the Health & Safety in the workplace are adhered to at all times

We expect that you respect the confidentiality of data stored physically and electronically and by other means in line with Data Protection Act principles.

Other duties

Part 5. Liaising and Networking – work with the Council’s staff and networks effectively by;

Participating actively as a member of CFC research team by attending meetings and events with both internal and external steering groups (from time to time).

Outcomes

This post will prepare and equip you with extended research skills in profile making, presentation, data collating and analysis, together with communication experience for the following areas;

International communications

Institutional communications

Knowledge of the Commonwealth

Experience of key working development with senior management; the Founder and Head Archivist, plus external facing networks

Data management skills; data collation, data analysis, and the presentation and reporting of data

Research skills: specifically linked to fashion council business undertakings and that of the Commonwealth Fashion Archives.

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COMMONWEALTH FASHION COUNCIL (CFC) ANNOUNCES ‘STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP’ WITH THE STRATEGIC FASHION DESIGN CONSORTIUM (SFDC) OF KENYA AND ON-THE-GROUND SUPPORT FOR THE LAUNCH OF THE SFDC

Posted: March 28, 2017 at 3:18 pm

Strategic Partners

Press Release:

Commonwealth Fashion Council (CFC) announces ‘Strategic Partnership’ with the Strategic Fashion Design Consortium (SFDC) of Kenya and On-the-ground support for the launch of the SFDC

27 March 2017

The Commonwealth Fashion Industries (CFI’s) are worth $150 billion USD. We all [CFI’s] need to come together to grow our business and be more competitive – we share a language (English), similar legal systems and culture. It’s 15% cheaper to do business within the Commonwealth – Kenya needs have a fashion body to harvest this economic and social opportunity for development….

After two years of working together, The Commonwealth Fashion Council (CFC) is proud to announce our Strategic Partnership with the Strategic Fashion Design Consortium (SFDC) of Kenya.

The CFC has opened up our international network of council members and industries to advise the SFDC on how best to go about creating a national fashion body and voice for the Kenyan Fashion Industry.

Sheena Frida who is the CEO of the SFDC said: ‘it’s extremely important to start a conversation on how best to create a national fashion council with industry stakeholders within Kenya. It’s important also to engage with government, international industries and bodies to soak up all their knowledge, expertise and direction – so we can start that journey – to create a lasting legacy for Kenya Fashion Industry and our people. The SFDC is the staring bloc for our vision”

Inspired by the need for more coordination, accountability and mobilisation – both the CFC and the SFDC believe national and international recognition and ‘fashion business’ will be more realistic and achievable if the Kenyan Fashion Industry had a uniting and representing voice.

The 5th April 2017 will see a news conference for national and Commonwealth media attended by the Director of the CFC Daniel J Hatton followed by a reception in the evening with sponsors, government ministers, industry leaders (national and international) and emerging talent.

The Nairobi International Fashion Festival (NIFF) takes place on the 8th April 2017 at the Nairobi National Park from 6pm to 10pm followed by a networking and drinks till 12am.

The forthcoming year (2017) will see the SFDC participate within the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange Programme, which encourages fashion businesses and designers to enter new Commonwealth markets with their products or services.

These programmes are committed to creating awareness of the Commonwealth Fashion Industries, which is a $150 billion USD market, offering the world-class showcasing, manufacturing and total fashion industry chain opportunities.

Daniel J Hatton Said: ‘the Commonwealth has 2.3 billion people, 1 billion consumers, over 35% of the fashion work force are based within the 52 nations that make up todays Commonwealth.

The CFI’s have the very best fashion design institutions and also, manufacturing, production and digital industries. It is extremely important to our council members to have Kenya as a council member and to have Kenya represented at the launch of the CFC happening 2018 to coincide with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London.

Daniel went on to further say: ‘The SFDC is self activated and self delivered by Kenyan people through the idea of sharing knowledge and expertise facilitated by the CFC council members. Fashion is a fantastic way to bring about, not only economic development, but also engagement from different groups of people – women and youth especially.

The SFDC aims to be a full council member of the CFC by early 2018, just in time for the official launch of the CFC in London.

The CFC will be in Nairobi from the 4th April – 10th April 2017. Kindly e-mail the below to make contact –

Contact

Gilberto Genco

Press Assistant

gilbertog@commonwealthfashioncouncil.org

+44 (0) 7435 653 655

What is the Strategic Fashion Design Consortium (SFDC)

The SFDC seeks to inspire, empower and facilitate discussions on how best to create a national fashion body for Kenya. Share expertise and knowledge by working hand in hand with Fashion industry players, Institutions, Design/Textile/ Production, Media in Fashion, legal professionals within the Kenyan Fashion industry and Government to create a functional fashion industry that is credible, dynamic and economically sustainable.

What is the Commonwealth?

The Commonwealth is a collection of 52 independent nations. The Commonwealth is home to 2.4 billion people and includes both advanced economies and developing countries. Thirty of our members are small island states. Our principles and values are inscribed in the Commonwealth Charter. A network of more than 80 intergovernmental, civil societies, cultural and professional organisations (CFC being one of those), supports member countries.

What is the Commonwealth Fashion Council?

The Commonwealth Fashion Council unites Commonwealth Fashion Industries under one association to demonstrate the importance of the industries to humanity by advocating fashion development, trade, education youth and gender empowerment. We have over 20 council members who are Founders, CEO’s or Presidents of fashion weeks and councils from across the Commonwealth Fashion Industries (CFI’s).

We use the knowledge and real life expertise of our members to create programmes across the CFI’s that address issues. One of our gifts to the fashion sector is that the council has the ability to unite governments and industry through our accreditation as a Commonwealth organisation.

Our council members wish to make regional and international governments more accountable by establish partnerships and influence cross regional policies. We believe cross regional policies can be formed to tackle some of the most concerning issues rather than it just being tackled on a national or single regional level. The pan of the Commonwealth and such gatherings as CHOGM could be used to reach consensus and have a more global result.

THE COLLECTION RE\SET FASHION AT THE GREAT HALL

Posted: March 28, 2017 at 3:18 pm

Jan. 30, 2017 THE COLLECTIONSTM RE\SET Fashion at The Great Hall Toronto, ON – THE COLLECTIONSTM presents RE\SET on February 6 and 7, 2017. Held over two nights, RE\SET will feature a curated group of Canadian designers at the recently restored historic Toronto venue, The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West). RE\SET introduces a new conversation about the arts to celebrate the work of designers. THE COLLECTIONSTM, in collaboration with Robin Kay, will present three main objectives at the Feb- ruary fashion event:  RE\SET the schedule to allow designers to connect with buyers, media and consumers to promote a flexible model that allows brands to offer season-less and “see

now, buy now” collections.  RE\FORM tradition, taking the designer presentation model in a fresh direction through engaging experiences with static and showroom models.  RE\THINK Canada’s fashion identity while building unique content to inspire the national and global awareness of fashion in the country. “With a refreshed perspective, we’re excited to present an influential group of Canadian design- ers,” said THE COLLECTIONSTM. “RE\SET will be instrumental in activating current designer demands while engaging with the creative community to push existing boundaries.” Notable designers include: Vogue’s Designer to Watch and DHL Exported winner, Sid Neigum; Forbes’ 2017 Art and Style ‘30 Under 30’ design duo, Beaufille; Toronto-based duo, Markoo; contemporary womenswear Hilary Macmillan; signature avant-garde brand, Pedram Karimi; satirical contemporary street brand WRKDEPT, and menswear lines Thomas Bálint and Klaxon Howl. RE\SET will also present a two-day showroom featuring RTW designers Namesake, Tara Rivas for TMR, S.P. Badu, Triarchy, accessory designers Dean Davidson, Krane, Cuchara, Dolorous, Uncuffed Leather, and shoes by Zvelle. “We need to reinvent and we hope RE\SET will be the catalyst for this change. This event repre- sents the evolution of our 150-year-old industry and the immense talent pool in Canada. My mis- sion is to have the federal government finally recognize our designers within the current descrip- tion of the creative cluster and, in doing so, clearly identify our industry as a pillar of commerce and culture in Canada,” said Robin Kay, President of the Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC). RE\SET is inspired by the following like-minded production partners who thrive on supporting local initiatives and building the community together: The Great Hall and Rob Dittmer of Three Event Planning and Design. Fashion and lifestyle guru Barb Atkin, along with her partners Clarence Ford, Nadav Elituv and Michael Seven of ONeXCHANGE, a new innovative entertainment plat- form that brings people together to create positive energy.

“The Great Hall has long been committed to supporting, nurturing and showcasing world-class artistic talent,” said Steve Metlitski, president of Triangle Development and owner of The Great Hall. “Canada’s fashion industry is an integral part of our country’s arts and culture, and we are thrilled to provide the backdrop for Canada’s top design talent to showcase their collections this season.”

RE\SET is made possible through the support of its official partners: beautyBOUTIQUE by Shop- pers Drug Mart, led by official makeup artist Simone Otis, hair artist Kirsten Klontz and nail expert Melissa Forrest represented by P1M; and supported by DHL Express, the world’s leading logis- tics company. Additional sponsors include: Spacefy, P1M Artist Management, Foursixty, &or, Freshmen Friday, rock-it promotions and not-for-profit organization U for Change – an official pro- gram for youth to gain mentorship and real-time experience at RE\SET.

“For several decades, DHL has been proudly helping fashion designers and retailers meet the demands of the fast-paced and hyper-competitive fashion sector, with specific logistics solutions, business mentorship and support for key industry events,” said Andrew Williams, CEO, DHL Ex- press Canada. “We are thrilled to partner with THE COLLECTIONSTM and again help Canadian designers launch their fashion brands on a global scale.”

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About THE COLLECTIONSTM

Founded in 2010, THE COLLECTIONSTM is a Toronto-based production agency, managing award-winning talent and connecting Canadian fashion to brand opportunities through presenta- tions, events, fashion film and photography. Since inception, THE COLLECTIONSTM has estab- lished a strong track record for launching emerging Canadian brands and positioning designers for international success. RE\SET is the hard copy of seven years of activations within the creative community.

About Robin Kay and the Fashion Design Council of Canada

Robin Kay is one of Canada’s unfaltering voices for the fashion industry. A self-taught designer, she ran a successful eponymous brand for 25 years that held 600 wholesale accounts across North America, and 22 stores across the country. This journey led her to pioneer the largest Fashion Week in Canada. She transferred ownership of the event in 2012 to focus on the larger work of Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC), a not-for-profit dedicated to supporting the Canadian fashion industry she helped establish. Since then, Kay has been tirelessly working to engage government in conversation to identify the fashion community as a pillar of culture and commerce in Canada and create a new national policy that acknowledges all designers’ contribu- tions in this country.

About The Great Hall

Standing at the corner of Queen and Dovercourt since 1889, The Great Hall is a cherished his- torical building and iconic Toronto landmark. Founded to house the West End YMCA, it evolved into a prime venue for public speaking, social gatherings and the performing arts, hosting count- less concerts, plays, meetings, weddings, and special events. Boasting heritage architecture and design with a fully modern update throughout, The Great Hall offers four distinctive event spaces under one iconic Victorian roof. To explore the venue and learn more, visit www.thegreathall.ca and follow @GreatHallTO on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

THE COMMONWEALTH FASHION COUNCIL ARE SEEKING A RESEARCH ASSISTANT (INTERN) TO JOIN THEIR UK TEAM TO SUPPORT RESEARCH PROJECTS​,​ AND ADMINISTRATION TASKS ​FOR BOTH THE ARCHIVE AND DIRECTORS OFFICE.

Posted: December 12, 2016 at 3:12 pm

THE COMMONWEALTH FASHION COUNCIL – JOB PROFILE

Job Title: Research Assistant (INTERNSHIP)

Responsible to: Daniel Hatton (CFC Director & Founder) & Ryan Peeney (Head of Archives)

Key Liaison with: Founder’s Administration Office and the Archivist (Research Steering Group), plus external facing clients

Post: Research Assistant

Department: Director Office and Head of Archives

Responsible to: Daniel Hatton & Ryan Peeney

Tenure: 6 months (with possible extension), plus 1 month initial probation period

Expenses: Travel covered

Start date: January 2017

Hours: 5-10 hours per week (these hours may decrease at less busy periods)

Locations: this post is available to work from home (80%) and on site occasionally (20%)

Job Purpose: the purpose of this post is to support the programme of research relating to the Founder’s office administration and the Archivist.

Projects incl.

Research into Commonwealth fashion – their locations, key people, contact information and web sources (to build excel databases)

Research into cultural and heritage institutions and organisations across the globe – their locations, key people, contact

information and web sources (to build excel databases)

Drafting emails and letters for communications

Visiting organisations (when/if required)

Attending bi-monthly meetings to present and discuss research outputs (with Founder and Archivist)

Building relationships with council members of the Commonwealth Fashion Council.

Role Profile:

To manage assigned research projects to help develop the Council’s research program. Archival research requests are usually set-out to build data source profiles and contacts for regional, national and international sources (key people and organizations contactable for data sharing purposes). Some general research and administration will be handed over from time-to-time to support relational tasks from both the Director and the Archivist.

Main Responsibilities

Part 1. Research/Administration: conducting standard level research (online) and through other means such as, exhibitions or events (for printed matter), and to support admin tasks by;

Participating in consultations with Director and Archivist to discuss project specifications, workflow, and potential problems
Defining and identifying data selected from project briefs for presenting and sharing research outputs to Director and Archivist

Coordination of data collection and data processing streams (linking processes of research from start to finish)

Manage projects to stay in line with meeting deadlines and accuracy/completeness of projects

Perform quality control on collected and processed data; track reports

Prioritize and complete assigned projects and workload

Provide bi-monthly status reports to Director and Archivist (performance reports)

Maintain tracking reports for all data collected and processed

Support administration tasks as required, such as minute taking at bi-monthly meetings, plus support social media strategies.

Part 2. Information Legislation: work with confidential documents and information adhering to Data Protection Act principles by;

Records are accurately recorded and retained for business purpose and not for personal use (and dealt with in the strictest of confidence)

Records are processes fairly and lawfully under current Data Protection legislation (for each territory) i.e. outside of the EU.

Part 3. Communications – work efficiently between the Council’s internal and external facing network and contacts by;

Providing good interpersonal skills: the ability to liaise with staff at all levels by establishing professional relationships with the people you come into contact with

Responsible for ensuring good communication skills (oral/written/presentation) is delivered

Responsible for communicating clearly when presenting research and reports.

Additional Information

Part 4. Training, policies, and operations:

We offer full training and provide all project management tools to administer research: templates and demonstrations will be given to you and support throughout all undertakings

We expect you to carry out your responsibilities with due regard to the department’s policies and procedures relating to the Health & Safety in the workplace are adhered to at all times

We expect that you respect the confidentiality of data stored physically and electronically and by other means in line with Data Protection Act principles.

Other duties

Part 5. Liaising and Networking – work with the Council’s staff and networks effectively by;

Participating actively as a member of CFC research team by attending meetings and events with both internal and external steering groups (from time to time).

Outcomes

This post will prepare and equip you with extended research skills in profile making, presentation, data collating and analysis, together with communication experience for the following areas;

International communications

Institutional communications

Knowledge of the Commonwealth

Experience of key working development with senior management; the Director and Head Archivist, plus external facing networks

Data management skills; data collation, data analysis, and the presentation and reporting of data

Research skills: specifically linked to fashion council business undertakings and that of the Commonwealth Fashion Archives.

END.

COUNCIL ANNOUNCERS UK FASHION BRAND 8DIX AS COMMONWEALTHFIRST EXPORT CHAMPION

Posted: July 27, 2016 at 10:39 am

Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council Announcers UK Fashion Brand 8DIX as CommonwealthFirst Export Champion in Partnership with Commonwealth Fashion Council

Commonwealth Fashion Council is delighted to announce 8DIX have been selected to join the initial cohort of UK SMEs as they become CommonwealthFirst Export Champions.

The announcement was made at breakfast at Marlborough House hosted by the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council in conjunction with the Confederation of Indian Industries’ annual CEOs delegation to London. The Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP, Minister of State and Deputy Secretary-General of the Commonwealth addressed the breakfast.

8DIX is a global fashion brand, showing in LA, London and Berlin over the past two seasons and will partner with the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) for the next three years. This will instigate exciting trade developments for 8DIX with other countries within the partnership, unifying and establishing the brand as an important part of the Commonwealth. The brand is the Commonwealth’s first true fashion brand to be selected as Champions and was selected due to the strong sustainability element to the product, which also runs intrinsically to the brand’s core messaging and reflects the values and principles of the Commonwealth.

In recent times, 8DIX has joined forces with other sustainable fashion organisations such as PETA, further reiterating this perfect union. The brand also have strong manufacturing links with India and Bangladesh and are currently stocked in Singapore, demonstrating the previous desire to be involved within the Commonwealth regions.

The Commonwealth is an association of 53 nations bound through core values and principles outlined within the Commonwealth Charter. Commonwealth fashion industries generate up to $150 billion USD powered by the UK, India, Australia, Canada, Nigeria, South Africa, Singapore and Malaysia. The Commonwealth has 2.2 billion citizens, over 1 billion consumers with over 50% of the population below 30, GDP $10.45 trillion USD and emerging middle and consumer classes second to China.

Follow 8DIX

@8DIX

Facebook: 8DIX

Instagram: 8dix

8dix.com

For more information contact

What is the CWEIC

We do this by helping Commonwealth Governments attract investment, promote enterprise and improve the business environment. We also work with member companies to expand their businesses and to help with new investments in any Commonwealth country.

What is the Commonwealth Fashion Council?

The Commonwealth Fashion Council is a new organisation for the Commonwealth currently going through Commonwealth Accreditation. We unite Commonwealth fashion industries under one association to demonstrate the importance of the industries to humanity by advocating development, education, trade youth and gender empowerment.

http://www.commonwealthfashioncouncil.org/

Deepanshi Gulati

Deepanshi@commonwealthfashioncouncil.org

COMMONWEALTHFIRST – COMMONWEALTH FASHION COUNCIL PARTNERS WITH THE COMMONWEALTH ENTERPRISE AND INVESTMENT COUNCIL CWEIC

Posted: June 14, 2016 at 12:06 pm

CommonwealthFirst is a major new initiative to help SMEs trade and invest across the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth Fashion Council will connect SMEs from the Commonwealth Fashion Industries to participate in this revolutionary initiative for the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth fashion Industries are totalled at $150 billion USD with apparel and footwear on the African continent alone’ at $31 billion USD.

A free association of 53 diverse English-speaking countries with similar legal systems, business practices and values, the Commonwealth provides the perfect launching pad to grow your business internationally.

Over the next three years, 100 leading UK SMEs will be selected to become CommonwealthFirst Export Champions. Export Champions will be provided with unique access and support in their quest to win new business in the fast growing Commonwealth markets. Their success will be showcased as an encouragement to the wider UK business community.

Export Champions are selected on their potential for innovation, level of impact and ambition. Whether early stage or long established, CommonwealthFirst Export Champions will be ready to excel in Commonwealth markets.

As an Export Champion you will be a part of an intensive world-class 3-year programme with international support, which includes.

Tailoredtrademissions:tofastgrowingCommonwealthmarketssuchas Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, Nigeria and South Africa

Accesstohighlevelnetworksandintroductions:toensureyouaredealing with the right people in country

Trainingandmentoring:supportfromleadingUKexporters,countryand technical experts

• ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ • AssistancefromUKGovernment,TradeAssociations,Chambersof

Commerce and a network of Suppliers • WiderwebplatformprovidingadviceandsupporttoSMEslookingto

expand into Commonwealth markets

The CommonwealthFirst programme has been developed in partnership between the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, i-genius and Royal Mail.

WITH CHOGM AROUND THE CORNER, DANIEL J. HATTON, THE FOUNDER OF THE COMMONWEALTH FASHION COUNCIL SAYS ‘THE COMMONWEALTH HAS NEVER BEEN MORE RELEVANT!’

Posted: November 24, 2015 at 10:34 am

Fashion is a trans-cultural language.

The Commonwealth Fashion Council is a democratic space for fashion. Its Principle Objective is to demonstrate the importance of Fashion to Humanity by advocating fashion development, trade, youth and gender empowerment. Along with this, the organisation also embodies the Commonwealth Charter[1].

Arif CBW, Executive Director, Daniel and the SG of the Commonwealth, H.E. Kamalesh Sharma.

The Commonwealth Fashion Council has 25 council members from 25 nations who are senior players within their regional fashion industry. See council members: http://www.commonwealthfashioncouncil.org/governance/

Sinita Mukhi who received the Commonwealth Fashion Award 2015 at the Jamaican High Commission, London.

With CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) around the corner, the Commonwealth Fashion Council needs to demonstrate ‘why’ the organisation is needed and take on the biannual question, ‘is the Commonwealth still relevant within todays modern world?’

Yes…

Fashion is translatable into every creed. This powerful formula is a language that can be used to strengthen Commonwealth relations further and establish new networks to champion civil societies and self-sustainability with regards to the ‘Commonwealth Fashion Industries’.

H.E. William Gelling, British High Commissioner to Rwanda (central), Lucy Gelling and Daniel J Hatton. Launching the Rwandan Fashion Council

The business of Fashion is not only a tool for creativity but pillars for development, employment and if used correctly, it can be operated to empower youth and bridge the gap between gender stereotyping.

Kigali Fashion Week 2015

A recent report by UNESCO stated that “Most respondents from the fashion sector [those surveyed] were women, which is in line with the dominant view that there are at least as many Women as Men, if not more than Men, in this sector”[2]. This opens a new arena for the Commonwealth to grab’ through the Commonwealth Fashion Council to further the Commonwealths agenda on Gender equality and also Youth Empowerment (over 1 billion Women live within the Commonwealth, 60% of the population within the Commonwealth are under 30 years)

Commonwealth GDP stands at $9 trillion USD (increased 15% in 35 years) and labor force to increase by 60% or 825 million. The Commonwealth never sleeps as when one nation sleeps another awakens. Due to the 43 developing nations within the Commonwealth such as India and also with nations like the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Singapore, the Commonwealth Fashion Industries combined, generates over 100+ Billion USD making it competitive and a playground for development and as mentioned Gender and Youth empowerment.

Commonwealth Clutch by Sunita Mukhi – Commonwealth Fashion Award Winner 2015

Commonwealth Fashion Council members (Left) CEO Cape Town Fashion Council Bryan Ramkilawan (Centre) Director, SA Fashion Week (Right) Daniel J Hatton – Founder Commonwealth Fashion Council.

The Council [Commonwealth Fashion Council], through it sheer size and active network allows the council to be cross regional and inclusive [24 nations on board]. multi –industry response will be more realistic with tackling issues that are present within the industries. The Fashion world is literally screaming out for one voice, and we have the solution.

Contact

Daniel J Hatton

07871656995

daniel@commonwealthfashioncouncil.org

http://thecommonwealth.org/governace

UNESCO Report on Gender Equality and Culture 2014 page 111.

PREVIEW: COMMONWEALTH FASHION CALENDAR 2016

Posted: November 15, 2015 at 11:01 pm

19th-23rd Feb London Fashion Week AW16

21st-25th March Toronto Fashion Week

12th-16th April MB Fashion Week Australia

18th-21st April PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week

9th-14th May Fiji Fashion Week

11th-14th May Fashfest Canberra

13th-17h May Singapore Fashion Week

14th-18th May Audi Fashion Festival Singapore

14th-21st May Malta Fashion Week

23rd-24th May Africa Fashion Week Nigeria

12th-15th July Tecno Kigali Fashion Week

22nd-28th Aug New Zealand Fashion Week

21st-26th Aug MB Fashion Festival Brisbane

26th-30th Aug Lakme Fashion Week

28th Aug-4th Sept Melbourne Spring Fashion Week

13th-18th Sept Telstra Perth Fashion Festival

17th-20th Sept London Fashion Week SS17

24th- 26th Sept MB Fashion Festival Sydney

1st-3rd Oct Colombo Fashion Week Resort

9th-13th Oct Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week

9th-10th Oct Pakistan Fashion Week London

14th-16th Oct India Fashion Week London

20th-23rd Oct MB Fashion Festival Adelaide

23rd-25th Oct Ghana Fashion Week

28th-31st Oct Lagos Fashion Week

23rd-27th Nov Gold Coast Swim Fashion Week

2nd-4th Dec Swahili Fashion Week

8th-17th Dec Mozambique Fashion Week

JOINT COMMONWEALTH FASHION AWARD 2015 IN COLLABORATION WITH THE COMMONWEALTH BUSINESS WOMEN’S NETWORK (CBW)

Posted: November 14, 2015 at 2:07 pm

Strategic Partner:

Thanks you to the Commonwealth Business Women’s Network for envisioning a joint Commonwealth Fashion Award’ highlighting Women within the Commonwealth Fashion Industries. Thanks to the team at the CBW and Arif Zaman (Executive Director) for his continuing support.

Winner of the Commonwealth Fashion Award 2015 Sunita Mukhi with Founder of the Commonwealth Fashion Council – Daniel John Hatton

Sunita who will be attending CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) and the Women’s Forum said:

I am immeasurably humbled and honoured to receive the Commonwealth Fashion Award. I would like to offer my sincerest and heartfelt gratitude to the Commonwealth Fashion Council for this prestigious honour. Having been born and bred in Malta; coming from Indian heritage; formerly living in Africa and now having become a resident in Britain, I am delighted to acknowledge, with profound pride, that I consider myself truly a citizen of the Commonwealth

The Commonwealth Clutch ! By Sunita Mukhi

SUNITA MUKHI RECEIVES THE COMMONWEALTH FASHION AWARD 2016

Posted: November 2, 2015 at 12:28 pm

The Commonwealth Fashion Council are pleased to announce that Sunita Mukhi has been awarded the Commonwealth Fashion Award for 2015.

Sunita Mukhi – winner of the Commonwealth Fashion Award 2015

Sunita from Malta, created a hand-made clutch encrusted with crystals that shows Commonwealth countries’ across the globe, highlighted with playful colours.

Sunita Mukhi’s name is indisputably interwoven with three key qualities: elegance, opulence and sophistication. Her bespoke, crystal minaudieres and hand embellished clutches are recognised internationally for their meticulous attention to detail and flawless craftsmanship – see below for the continued bio on Sunita –

‘Commonwealth Clutch’

The clutch depicts the surface of the Commonwealth and the diversity of cultures represented by colours which also symbolises the youthfulness (over 60% of the population within the Commonwealth are below 3o years) of the association.

Sunita who will be attending CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) and the Women’s Forum said:

I am immeasurably humbled and honoured to receive the Commonwealth Fashion Award. I would like to offer my sincerest and heartfelt gratitude to the Commonwealth Fashion Council for this prestigious honour. Having been born and bred in Malta; coming from Indian heritage; formerly living in Africa and now having become a resident in Britain, I am delighted to acknowledge, with profound pride, that I consider myself truly a citizen of the Commonwealth

Sunita will receive her award at the Jamican High Commission in London, the reception will be hosted by H.E. Mrs. Aloun Ndombet-Assamba at the Jamaican High Commission on the 12th November 2015.

Bio on Sunita Mukhi –

Sunita Mukhi’s name is indisputably interwoven with three key qualities: elegance, opulence and sophistication. Her bespoke, crystal minaudieres and hand embellished clutches are recognised internationally for their meticulous attention to detail and flawless craftsmanship.

Lavish critical acclaim and praise, from leading fashion icon, Anna Dello Russo, the editor of Vogue Japan, followed hot on the heels of the first eye-shaped clutch, when it was launched at Milan Fashion Week in February 2013, making Sunita’s concept a trend to admire and fully embrace. It attracted worldwide attention via ADR’s social media and currently features in multiple global publications. This has paved the way for Sunita to become renowned as a pioneering bag designer as far afield as America and Europe as well as the United Kingdom, and creating innumerable opportunities to be sold on the shelves of the world’s most prestigious boutiques, be they Yvette in Knightsbridge, Mayfair to Swans in San Tropez; Sauce in Dubai or even being showcased at the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane London.

Sunita is a vibrant ambassador of the brand’s ethos. Her trademarked eye does not just denote the core identity but also harnesses Sunita’s upbringing in Malta, where she became transfixed by the powerful myths about the protective and beneficent Eye of Osiris. The eye is often seen painted on the prows of fishing boats in Malta to this day; one distinct way of converging past and present. Sunita Mukhi’s bags are an equally potent mode of maintaining that rich and beneficial tradition. By transporting the symbol she grew up with in Malta, she confirms that this strength and philosophy are as robust as when she set sail for other shores.

Her hand-encrusted crystal clutches are true treasures, auctioned annually at ‘The Pink Ribbon Ball’ and ‘The Prince’s Trust Handbags and Gladrags’ event. 2013 saw her bespoke design for the Commonwealth Charity Fashion show opening London Fashion Week at The Mayfair Hotel, London.

Sunita Mukhi has recently been honoured by Malta’s First Lady, Michelle Muscat, in being commissioned to design a bespoke, midnight minaudiere as a gift for the Duchess of Cambridge on the occasion of Malta’s 50thIndependence in September 2014. Sunita was approached because of being Malta’s most revered and highly sought after handbag designer.

Despite not having any formal design training, her attentive and committed interest in fashion and design (which stems, in part, from growing up surrounded by a highly creative mother and a father with a successful fashion business) has fused with her instinctive creative flair and the tenacity to experiment in order to produce trail-blazing bags.

Sunita regards her work as embracing the philosophy of Harvey Mackay: ‘Find something you love to do and you will never work a day in your life’ Her passion is paramount and it remains the principal driving force behind her business and it is this quality, among many others, that has led to the swift success of her distinctive brand.

SOUTH AFRICAN FASHION WEEK (SAFW) AW16 – CELEBRATING SAFW

Posted: October 14, 2015 at 11:13 am

8th October 2014

Daniel J Hatton, Founder of the Commonwealth Fashion Council is to attend South Africa Fashion Week (SAFW) in Johannesburg to formally accept Lucilla Booyzen onto the Commonwealth Fashion Council representing the SA Fashion Industry.

Lucilla Booyzen, the mother of ‘fashion business’ in Africa, will be formally accepted onto the Commonwealth Fashion Council by Daniel J Hatton, who will be travelling to SAFW [21 – 25 October] to bring light on the most successful and credible fashion week on the continent.

SAFW has been included within the Commonwealth Fashion Calendar for the second year running:

http://commonwealthfashioncouncil.org/launch-year-2018/

SAFW has been running for 19 years and is the only fashion week on the continent that offers SS/AW shows which attracts buyers from across the world. This is due to Lucilla’s business model which works identically to international/Commonwealth fashion weeks who are seen as key players.

Lucilla’s business model is essential to most fashion industries [SS/AW] but before her intervention, Africa had no fashion week that could withstand international standards – SAFW was a turning point for showcasing pan-African fashions and South African designers.

SAFW chains seasonal pop-up shops with exhibitions and Q&A sessions, works with 13 education institutions across South Africa to incubate and direct future talent and provides a fashion agent to encourage sales – fundamental to a brands vision and success. See SAFW Annual Report 2014 available on: http://www.safashionweek.co.za/

Africa’s apparel and footwear industry totals 31 billion USD, the Commonwealth Fashion Industries total 100+ Billion USD and the rise in consumer classes and middle classes (second to China) across the Commonwealth and within Africa presents SAFW with a bright future, to engage with new consumers across the Commonwealth.

The visit presents the opportunity for Daniel J Hatton to see how the council can assist South Africa with international exposure, education and trade across the Commonwealth and to celebrate Lucilla’s continuing contribution to South Africa and pan African fashion development.

The Founder of the Commonwealth Fashion Council said:

“Lucilla brought the business of fashion to South Africa and made it possible for African designers to showcase on home soil, offering a ‘stepping stone’ for those who had international dreams. International buyers and audiences trust and respect SAFW and this continuity [19 years] has brought about a deserving reputation. Lucilla knows how to make money and develop fashion designers”.

For more information on SAFW see link: www.safashionweek.co.za

Contact Commonwealth Fashion Council

Deepanshi

deepanshi@commonwealthfashioncouncil.org

VASCO ROCHA APPOINTED AS’ COMMONWEALTH COUNCIL MEMBER FOR MOZAMBIQUE

Posted: September 7, 2015 at 4:12 pm

With a degree in Computing and Applied Mathematics Vasco Rocha, 51 years, is founder and Managing Director of DDB Mozambique, established in Maputo 15 years ago.

With over 25 years of Marketing, Sales and Management experience gained by working close to local and international brands covering Technology, Telecommunications, Banking, Tourism among others, Vasco is currently responsible for leading and developing the agency’s offices in Mozambique.

With an extensive experience in Communication, Corporate Image, Marketing and External Trade, his experience stems from the fact of having occupied several positions that won him master the art of communicating and managing.

Vasco Rocha – CEO of Mozambique Fashion Week

COMMONWEALTH FASHION AWARD IN COLLABORATION WITH COMMONWEALTH BUSINESS WOMEN’S NETWORK (CBW)

Posted: September 4, 2015 at 6:59 pm

The Commonwealth Fashion Council will collaborate with our strategic partners – Commonwealth Business Women’s Network to launch the council’s first Commonwealth Fashion Award aimed at highlighting Women in fashion.

The Commonwealth Fashion Award category in the Commonwealth Women in Business Awards recognises the outstanding contributions people and business make towards the Commonwealth fashion industries. The 2015 award highlights Commonwealth fashion leaders who have dramatically revolutionised the business of fashion or achieved results which have contributed to highlighting the positive impact of the fashion industry to markets and communities with specific reference to women.

The Commonwealth Fashion Council works to unite and promote Commonwealth and international fashion industries under one fashion association to demonstrate the importance of the industry to humanity by advocating fashion education, development, trade, youth and gender empowerment.www.commonwealthfashioncouncil.org

The Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network (CBW) works with women in business by connecting Governments and the private sector to encourage and enable women’s economic empowerment. This is achieved through delivering activities, initiatives, products and services focused on trade, talent and training. CBW also sits on the main governance body on gender for the 53 Commonwealth Governments and can lobby on your behalf. http://www.cwbusinesswomen.org/

RWANDAN FASHION COUNCIL LAUNCH AT THE BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION KIGALI, RWANDA.

Posted: July 22, 2015 at 1:17 pm

Supported by

His Excellency William Gelling (British High Commissioner to, Rwanda) his beautiful wife (Lucy) with the Founder of the Commonwealth Fashion Council, Daniel J. Hatton @ British High Commission Kigali, Rwanda

Thank you – to our sponsors Kenya Airways

This year’s Kigali Fashion week held on 17th July attracted hundreds of fashion lovers from across the East African region. The event brought together the mainstream fashion community, local and international fashion designers. While Rwanda’s fashion industry is just four years old, there are clear indications that the future is bright. The Commonwealth Fashion Council is poised to support the Kigali Fashion Week through collaboration, networking and it is expected that this will go a long way in boosting current efforts undertaken by Kigali Fashion Week to fast track the fashion industry in Rwanda in particular and the East African region on general”. Words from the Chairman of the Rwandan Fashion Council – Mr Oscar Kimanuka.

‘Team’ Rwandan Fashion Council

(left) John CEO Kigali Fashion Week & Rwandan Fashion Council. Rep from Tecno, Principle Sponsor of Kigali Fashion Week and Daniel J. Hatton Founder of Commonwealth Fashion Council.

What next?

Working with the Rwandan Fashion Council to develop regional fashion designers by enabling designers to enroll on HND’s BA and MA degrees across the Commonwealth [focusing on Universities and Colleges within London, Toronto and Sydney]

The Commonwealth Fashion Council to build strong relationships with Collages, Universities and other academic institutions across the Commonwealth who teach’ fashion related courses.

Building a strategy for the Rwandan Fashion Council, which includes nations from the East African Community and council members of the Commonwealth Fashion Council.

To start conversations with the Department for International Development to secure funds for the fashion exchange program.

To organize a meeting of African fashion leaders and Commonwealth council members to start discussing on how Africa can be better coordinated in regards to fashion. Africa must do this journey as a solid collective body to become more competitive – the Commonwealth Fashion Council can hold such discussions to balance fairness – nations could host meetings on a rotation basis.

Start a digital Commonwealth Fashion channel and encourage fashion lectures and teachers to post small video tutorials, which could be used by fashion designers in countries’ who don’t have fashion courses.

PRESS RELEASE: RWANDAN FASHION COUNCIL LAUNCHES ON THE 15TH JULY AT THE BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION IN KIGALI, RWANDA, WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE COMMONWEALTH FASHION COUNCIL CFC AND AIRLINE PARTNER, KENYA AIRWAYS KLM.

Posted: July 11, 2015 at 9:37 pm

Airline Partner

… Supporting the Rwandan Fashion Council & Commonwealth Fashion Council

Rwandan Fashion Council Launches on the 15th July at the British High Commission in Kigali, Rwanda, with the Support of the Commonwealth Fashion Council CFC and Airline Partner, Kenya Airways KLM.

Commonwealth Fashion Council’s (CFC) principle objective is to “unite Commonwealth and international Fashion industries under one Fashion association to demonstrate the importance of the industry to humanity, by advocating Fashion education, development, trade and youth and gender empowerment.”

15th July 2015, Kigali, Rwanda will see the launch of the Rwandan Fashion Council, hosted by His Excellency, William Gelling at the British High Commission, Kigali.

The CFC has been working in partnership with Techno Kigali Fashion Week, by encouraging council members to share expertise and knowledge on how to build a credible and transparent regional fashion council. The CFC currently has 24 council members.

Back in November 2014 the Commonwealth Fashion Council attended Techno Kigali Fashion Week [2014] to announce Kigali Fashion Week’ as a member of the Commonwealth Fashion Council.

Before leaving Rwanda, the Founder of the Commonwealth Fashion Council, Daniel J Hatton attended a meeting with the Rt. Hon Joseph Habineza, Minister for Sports and Culture, to discuss the achievements made by Techno Kigali Fashion Week and the significance of encouraging greater coordination of its emerging Fashion industry in Rwanda.

The importance of the involvement of the manufacturing, design, retail and media industry within Rwanda, was discussed between the CFC Founder, John Bunyeshuli (Founder of the Techno Kigali Fashion Week) and the Minister.

Since the genocide 20 years ago Rwanda has developed into a stable civil society –diverse in religion and tribes. Rwanda was voted one of the best nations within Africa ‘to do business’by the Commonwealth Exchange (CX) and over the past four years fashion designers have been able to showcase small to medium size collections with orders.

With the Rwandan Fashion Council and the first Ad hoc meeting Rwanda is now on course to start greater investigation and coordination into how best to tackle this growing industry.

Council members remain determined to assist John Bunyeshuli [council member for Rwanda] with establishing the Rwandan Fashion Council.

Further encouragement for doing ‘fashion businesses’ in Rwanda

Kigali – Rwanda’s performance in the Doing Business Rankings in recent years has been exemplary, drawing attention from international observers and investors alike. Improvements have been made across the board. The 2013 World Bank Doing Business Report has ranked Rwanda 52nd out of 185 countries. In the overall performance, Rwanda is still the best performing country in the East African region as well as 3rd easiest place to do business in Sub-Saharan Africa (1st is Mauritius which ranks 19th globally, 2nd is South Africa which ranks 39th globally, 3rd is Rwanda which ranks 52nd globally, 4th is Botswana at 59th globally and 5th is Ghana which ranks 64th globally. A non-Sub-Saharan African country that also performed well was Tunisia at the 50th position globally.

Contact:

Commonwealth Fashion Council

deepanshi@commonwealthfashioncouncil.org

COMMONWEALTH FASHION CALENDAR 2015

Posted: January 12, 2015 at 4:15 pm

It’s here, the most diverse calendar of fashion weeks and events from across the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth Fashion Calendar is part of our overall strategy to stimulate greater coordination and development of the Commonwealth Fashion Industries.

The Commonwealth covers a significant part of the world, but this should not put us off bringing unity and clarity amongst member countries.

The Commonwealth Fashion Calendar 2015 highlights fashion weeks, events and new launches such as the launch of the Rwandan Fashion Council. The Calendar offers industry professionals, fashion related businesses and citizens a mapped out view of the Commonwealth Fashion Industries.

The Commonwealth Fashion Calendar introduces fashion industries which wouldn’t usually get mentioned or highlighted.

Now you can enjoy a more broader, diverse and informed fashion calendar that enables you to discover and embrace global fashion designers new trends and international emerging talent.

Daniel John Hatton, the founder, says “let’s throw down those walls which separate us as creative people and be more connected. Let’s use fashion a language to reshape the global fashion industries.”

United Kingdom
London Collections: Men
A/W 9 -12 January
United Kingdom
London Fashion Week
S/S 20 – 24 February
Sri Lanka
Colombo Fashion Week
10 -14 March
Australia
Virgin Australian Melbourne Fashion Festival
14 – 22 March
South Africa
South Africa Fashion Week
S/S 18 – 22 March
India
Lakme Fashion Week
9 – 16 March
Uganda
Uganda International Fashion Week
April
Australia
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia
12 -16 April
New Zealand
ID Dunedin Fashion Week
19 – 26 April
Fiji
Fiji Fashion Week
20 – 30 May
Malta
Malta Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
9 – 16 May
Singapore
Audi Singapore Fashion Festival
13 – 17 May
Jamaica
Caribbean Fashion Week
11 -15 June
Rwanda
Rwandan Fashion Council Launch
15 – 17 July
New Zealand
New Zealand Fashion Week
24 – 30 August
Australia
Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane
August
Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week Supported by Tourism Malaysia12 – 16 August
United Kingdom
London Fashion Week
18 – 29 September
Australia
Telstra Perth Fashion Festival
September
Australia
Melbourne Spring Fashion Week
September
Australia
Adelaide Fashion Festival
October
South Africa
South African Fashion Week
A/W 21 -24 October
Zambia
Zambia Fashion Week
15 – 17 October
Canada
Toronto Fashion Week
A/W 20 – 25 October
Australia
Gold Coast Swim Fashion Festival
November
Rwanda
Kigali Fashion Week
3 – 6 November
Guyana
Guyana Fashion Week
1- 8 November
Tanzania
Swahili Fashion Week
4 – 5 December

FASHION & CHARITY – ROOT FOUNDATION: GIVING STREET CHILDREN A SAFE SPACE

Posted: January 12, 2015 at 11:16 am

Commonwealth Fashion Council and the Root Foundation

Root Foundation was established in 2012 by a group of local young people in response to the growing number of street children visible in their local sector, Kinyinya, Gasabo District, Kigali. Root Foundation is registered as a national non-governmental organization with the Rwandan Governance Board (no 013/ngo/rgb/2014). Root Foundation has no paid members of staff. The projects are run entirely by volunteers, six Rwandan volunteers and one international volunteer.

Today, Root Foundation works with 120 children who were identified as street children or at a high risk of becoming street children. These children were not in education and had limited (if any) contact with their families – they were being raised by their peers on the streets. The government has provided a building in Kigali for free from which Root Foundation has the following projects:

The wealth of Fashion used to assist self sustainability and development –

ROOT FOUNDATION, KIGALI, RWANDA (Children & Daniel J Hatton, Founder of the Commonwealth Fashion Council)

Weekend and evening clubs: Over 90 children attend our Saturday youth group taking part in a range of activities including art, story-telling and sports. Every Wednesday evening there is a photography club and during school holidays we run clubs six days a week focusing on the following areas: theatre, photography, art, traditional dance, acrobatics and football. There is one peer mentor in charge of each area reflecting their areas of expertise.

Parent-support: The majority of street children are not orphans and Root Foundation aims to empower parents to take a more active part in their children’s lives. We spend time with parents helping to instil in them the importance of education and parents meet together to provide mutual support and explore income generating activities.

Peer-mentoring: Older children from a local secondary school are paired with a street child as ‘siblings’. These siblings and youth volunteers provide role models and a young person they can speak to about the issues they face.

Support accessing education: Root Foundation supports 47 children to attend school by equipping them with school materials, and liaising with the school to monitor progress.

PROBLEM ANALYSIS

There are an estimated 7,000 children living on the streets of Kigali.[1] Gasabo District has the second highest number of street children out of all of Rwanda’s 30 districts.[2]

The majority of street children are living in extreme poverty. Their parents cannot afford the small fees, money for a uniform or the scholastic materials needed to send their children to school. Many street children are not being fed adequately at home so they take the streets to try and source food, to beg, or to find scrap metal to sell.

The biggest influence on whether a child will attend school is their parent’s education and income level. Root Foundation has conducted research in Kinyinya sector from which it was discovered that almost all children in the street have non-educated parents who could not feed their children and equip them with school materials (school uniform etc.)

Family conflict or even abuse and neglect also lead some children to life on the streets.

OVERALL OBJECTIVE

Togive children from vulnerable backgrounds who at risk of living on the streets a safe space to play, learn and develop.

[1] The Situation of Street Children in Rwanda: Prevalence, Causes and Remedial Measures, National Children’s Council, March 2012.

[2] Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion

WORDS FROM THE FOUNDER; DANIEL J HATTON – ABOUT FASHION AND THE COMMONWEALTH

Posted: December 17, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Words from the Founder, Daniel John Hatton:

I just couldn’t believe that the Commonwealth didn’t have a fashion council or body that developed fashion industries within. It is a missed opportunity for two main reasons-

to connect citizens via fashion.
to reconnect the Commonwealth of Nations to people who operate in and around fashion.
My aim is to make the Commonwealth Fashion Council unique by equally representing all fashion industries within, equally.

I believe the Commonwealth offers the fashion world an alternative – one that’s inclusive and not focused on one particular nation that only contributes to one economic zone or national economy. It makes more sense to exhibit and showcase fashion designers from across the Commonwealth, as one, established brands and businesses alongside new ones, using the hype and success of the more established to highlight future talents. Bringing the whole Commonwealth Fashion Industries under one roof allows people and businesses to be discovered and saves buyers, press etc, time and effort travelling. This ability of coming together is what makes the Commonwealth able to house such an organisation like the Commonwealth Fashion Council. After witnessing the success of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and seeing the way the nations were reunited, we were inspired to attempt the same but through fashion.

Not every fashion industry within the Commonwealth has equal opportunities and this destroys ambition, and makes succeeding unobtainable for people who live in poorer regions of the Commonwealth, regions that don’t have fashion weeks or fashion councils. The Commonwealth must offer all their citizens equal opportunities or start the journey to do so. The Commonwealth Fashion Council pioneers this journey, to make it fairer.

2.2 billion people live within todays Commonwealth. On our website which launched 20th August 2014, we have a section called My Commonwealth Fashion where, people across the Commonwealth can upload images of themselves dressed in fashions or showing off their regional clothes then the image is showcased on the commonwealthfashioncouncil.org. Can you imagine how diverse this Commonwealth fashion showcase will be? I can’t wait to see the results, also remember people across the Commonwealth are becoming more connected by smart phones and camera. I want Mycommonwealthfashion to empower people and educate them about how people dress in other Commonwealth countries.

Remember the Commonwealth has 54 nations. Spanning across Africa, Asia, Europe, Pacific, Caribbean and Americas. Can you imagine a Commonwealth Fashion Week and the opportunity for brands, businesses and fashion designers to be discovered, develop into new markets and to build new relationships….

I am extremely looking forward to what the Commonwealth and fashion can achieve for our Commonwealth family and other global fashion industries.

DANIEL J HATTON (FOUNDER OF THE COMMONWEALTH FASHION COUNCIL) TALKS COMMONWEALTH AND FASHION

Posted: November 14, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Daniel John Hatton talks to Smack Kigali 107.9FM about Kigali Fashion Week, Commonwealth Fashion Council, inspiration that made him think about the Commonwealth and fashion and his mission to make Rwanda think more ethically.

Daniel says ” I see the Rwandan fashion industry as an opportunity – not a weakness. This industry has the opportunity to start ethically – do the business of fashion the right way – start as you mean to go on, it’s a great opportunity Rwanda has!”

Daniel wants to see a digital platform for Rwanda fashion designers – selling products – designers becoming self sustainable.

REPORT: VISIT TO KIGALI FASHION WEEK 2014 RWANDA

Posted: November 14, 2014 at 10:55 am

Pushing forward a new industry in Rwanda. Made possible by:

KLM and partners Kenya Airways – supporting the Rwandan Fashion Industry

Rwanda joined the Commonwealth in 2009. Kigali (capital city) played host to the annual fashion event called Kigali Fashion Week.

Since the genocide 20 years ago Rwanda has developed into a stable civil society diverse in religion and tribes. Rwanda was voted one of the best nations within Africa ‘to do business’ by the Commonwealth Exchange (CX) and over the past four years fashion designers have been able to showcase small to medium size collections with orders.

Mr John Bunyeshuli the CEO of Kigali Fashion Week has brought about a movement, more thought about what a fashion industry may look like in Rwanda.

Daniel John Hatton (Founder Commonwealth Fashion Council) travelled to Rwanda, Kigali on the 4th November 2014 – 10th November 2014.

The trip highlighted the official Kigali Fashion Week and recognised Mr John Bunyeshuli as a founding member of the Commonwealth fashion council and his position, representing Rwanda and her fashion industry in our up and coming council meetings.

The trip wasn’t just about attending Kigali Fashion Week. One of our core objectives with the Commonwealth Fashion Council, is to make local governments more accountable, especially for fashion industries that are developing and growing.

Daniel Hatton attended a meeting with Hon Joseph Habineza Minister for Sports and Culture. The meeting highlighted concerns and opportunities that Daniel found whilst on his visit. Daniel recommended the following:

Rwandan Fashion Council – more information to come
Urban and Rural commitments to the growing fashion industry in Rwanda
Digital platform – Commonwealth Fashion Council will offer an e-commerce section to the site early next year.

Daniel is now working with Kigali Fashion Week and following on from his successful meeting with Hon Joseph Habineza, with the support of the Rwandan government, has started more imagination and thought towards creating a better landscape to manage and co-ordinate the Rwandan Fashion Industry. Daniel is now working on a proposal with Kigali Fashion Week to bring together manufactures, buyers, media, textile industries, fashion designers, distribution, marketing, retail etc. from across Rwanda and through the East African Community.

What next with RWANDA?

We will encourage our council members to connect with John Bunyeshuli the Founder of Kigali Fashion Week to advise him on how to create Rwandan Fashion Council. We call up on the council members to offer expertise and advise. John has asked for mentors and council members to come together and help him and the Rwandan government to create a better more organised Rwandan Fashion Industry. Feel free to contact John with your vital advise and general support and congratulate him!

A special THANK YOU to our sponsors

MEDIA COVERAGE

Media coverage Kigali Fashion Week 2014 VISIT

http://allafrica.com/stories/201411031736.html

http://minispoc.gov.rw/index.php?id=30&L=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=1154&cHash=59d2de089db3e0679875e858dc9886f9

http://kennedyabuya.wordpress.com/2014/10/05/vibrant-kigali-fashion-week-2014-on-cause-as-planned/

http://en.igihe.com/arts-culture/what-you-need-to-know-about-kigali-fashion-week.html

http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/Rwanda/Lifestyle/Commonwealth-Fashion-Council-founder-to-attend-Kigali-show/-/1433242/2506442/-/gw4hmm/-/index.html

http://www.rwandapost.org/2014/09/08/kigali-fashion-designers-urged-competitive/

http://newtrends.bloggersdelight.dk/2014/11/kigali-fashion-week-2014-kicks-off-today/

http://eaofficial.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/kfw-puts-rwanda-on-style-map-as.html

COMMONWEALTH FASHION COUNCIL’S FIRST TRIP TO AFRICA FOR KIGALI FASHION WEEK 2014

Posted: October 8, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Kigali Fashion Week 2014

LDJ Productions, House of Fashion Rwanda and the Commonwealth Fashion Council launches Kigali Fashion Week 2014 in Partnership with Faith and Light organisation. Kigali Fashion Week will take place on the 7th November at ” Kigali City Tower” roof top. The upcoming designers show will be at Grand Legacy Hotel on the 5th November. Kigali Fashion Week 2014 theme is “Disability is Not Ability” which aims to improve awareness of mental disability in our society. www.faithandlight.org

Rwanda is open for Business

Rwanda joined the Commonwealth back in 2009 and has been described as an ‘African Commonwealth success story’. Tim Hewish and James Styles, Founders of the Commonwealth Exchange and authors of Common Trade Wealth Growth said:

“As the newest member of the Commonwealth, Rwanda ranks as one of the most business friendly countries in Africa. It ranks 45th, one behind Spain.”

Since the Rwandan genocide (1994), Rwanda has achieved stability and the economy is steadily growing. The Kigali fashion scene is yet another triumph with the vision powered by John Bunyeshuli, Founder of Kigali Fashion Week.

Commonwealth Fashion Council

The Commonwealth Fashion Council brings together key leaders (see council members), businesses, organizations and citizens from across the Commonwealth to encourage relationships, understanding and commercial opportunities throughout the Commonwealth Fashion Industries. Please see www.commonwealthfashioncouncil.org

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WORK EXPERIENCE

Posted: September 8, 2014 at 5:01 pm

We are looking for students or people ‘with a passion’ who, wish to gain valuable work experience in the following areas:

Social networking
Personal Assistant to Founder
Fashion reporters, bloggers, photographers and journalists from across the Commonwealth
We encourage people from across the Commonwealth to join us and contribute to, fashion and the Commonwealth.

For more information contact:

Cher Anne Morris

cher@commonwealthfashioncouncil.org

COMMONWEALTH FASHION COUNCIL TO ATTEND KIGALI FASHION WEEK THIS NOVEMBER 2014

Posted: August 28, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Kigali Fashion Week will kick off this November 3rd till 7th. John Bunyeshuli CEO of House of Fashion and Director of Kigali Fashion Week has invited Daniel J Hatton, the Founder of the Commonwealth Fashion Council to meet up and coming and established fashion designers from across Rwanda. Daniel will be feeding back pictures, interviews, videos and live reports from each show between 3rd and the 7th November 2014. Daniel J Hatton said: “I can’t wait to visit Rwanda, who joined the Commonwealth back in 2009, and see how this country is facilitating and promoting home grown fashion talents. Africa in general has always been a place of fascination for me, with all its colour, traditional dress, tribal clothes and accessories. I can’t wait to see how Rwanda, since the end of the war (genocide 1994) has balanced both, the contemporary world of fashion and style with its traditional textiles and fabrics. Am sure I will be over inspired, welcomed warmly and able to meet truly determined people with a passion for the Commonwealth and fashion – I was told recently that the Rwandan people have the biggest smile.”

Follow us via our website www.commonwealthfashioncouncil.org, via facebook: Commonwealth Fashion Council and via twitter: commonwealthfas. Also upload your daily pictures of fashions, tends, styles from across the Commonwealth via http://commonwealthfashioncouncil.org/archives/

MY COMMONWEALTH FASHION

Posted: August 19, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Upload your images of fashion from across the Commonwealth.

Click here to see #mycommonwealthfashion.