From October 23rd to October 26th, Lagos, Nigeria will host the Lagos Fashion and Design Week, showcasing the very best in design talent from Africa and the African diaspora. In addition to breathtaking runway shows and an exhibition marketplace, the Guaranty Trust Bank Lagos Fashion and Design Week (GTBLFDW) will present three awards to deserving recipients, International Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year Award, MTN Young Designer of the Year Award and Young Model of the Year Award.
To commemorate its launch, luxury group, Frallain, Inc. has partnered with the Guaranty Trust Bank Lagos Fashion and Design Week to provide a rare opportunity for the recipient of the MTN Young Designer of the Year Award. The lucky winner will receive a six-month paid design internship in New York with international fashion brand EDUN and mentorship by several notable Frallain, Inc. partner brands.
“Given that the mission of Frallain, Inc. is to support and nurture the talent of designers in Africa as well as to help create the logistical environment to engender their success, this partnership with a like-minded organization such as the Guaranty Trust Bank Lagos Fashion and Design Week is an exciting one” noted Roberta Annan, CEO and Founder of Frallain, Inc.
Omoyemi Akerele founder of the Guaranty Trust Bank Lagos Fashion and Design Week further stated ‘we are delighted that the GTBLFDW platform has collaborated with Frallain, Inc; this partnership shows that we can work together to build from within. We believe working together is key to fostering Pan African growth within the industry as a whole and hopefully providing younger designers with opportunities like this to receive mentorship from international brands like EDUN will open the door for more.’
Headquartered in New York, Frallain, Inc. is a luxury company whose portfolio is comprised of established African premium and luxury brands in the categories of Fashion and Leather Goods, Accessories, Wines and Spirits, and other specialty products.
EDUN is part of the luxury group LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennesy) and shows twice a year at New York Fashion Week. “Edun’s mission has always been to support trade with Africa and thus we are excited to welcome a young African talent as part of our trade and training programs. We look forward to having this young designer as part of the team in New York and wish to extend thanks to those who helped to make this program a reality,” says Janice Sullivan, CEO Edun.
Lagos Fashion and Design Week is a multi day fashion event platform that aims to drive the Nigerian fashion industry and lift its profile by bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. Beyond the event, Lagos Fashion and Design Week is a platform that has succeeded in repositioning fashion as a useful tool for commerce and creativity in Nigeria, beyond the traditional glitz and glamour associated with it.