Entrepreneurs’ club Mettā is known to connects people, ideas and resources in various industries and professions. Fashion Product Lab powered by Mettā is the region’s first creative program focused on Fashion designers and all fashion entrepreneurs are being called upon to apply.
This is an opportunity to improve your business skills and learn from the best practices from industry experts and transform the creative economy in East Africa. Facilitated by Mettā, selected entrepreneurs will work closely with creative industry experts through workshops, expert sessions and beyond the box innovation challenges.
According to research done by HIVOS, Equity Bank and Association of Fashion Designers of Kenya (AFAD), there’s a need to focus on specific areas to have consistent profits and growth. Local fashion designers and small tailors whose current model is the Cut, Trim and Make should shift to Full Packaging Service Providers (FPSP) and Original Design Manufacturing (ODM).
Designers also need to up their game in terms of garment making, increase their visibility and penetrate international markets. Just last month H&M joined forces with South African designer Mantsho for a collaborative collection. Kenyan designers such as Afrostreet Kollektion, Coco Lili, Aulgah Nato, Co-Be Inc to mention a few have potential to do this too. And they should!
The research further reveals that events are also a great way of reminding Kenyans of the amazing local brands they can buy from and the for more platforms.
To find out if you meet the mark and more about the initiative check out the website: https://www.nest.vc/fashion-product-lab.