“Dominate The Runway” brings Caribbean emerging designers to St. Maarten



Foundation INFOBIZZ hosts project to better support creative entrepreneurs in the fashion industry

Great Bay, St. Maarten – Eight emerging fashion designers from Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT’s) will be in St. Maarten from June 4 – 9, 2017 for a weeklong training called Dominate the Runway, which culminates with a fashion show.  Inspired by Project Runway and led by Cristal Le Grand, the project manager, Dominate The Runway seeks to equip emerging designers to dominate in business and in fashion by providing experiential learning in both areas. Though Caribbean designers are extremely talented and provide quality fashion, most lack the support and knowledge in the area of business that can assist them to achieve extraordinary success.

According to Fashion United, the international fashion industry network, fashion industry is valued at US $3 trillion and is expected to experience an 8% compounded annual growth rate between 2015 and 2025. However, the Caribbean region is grossly underrepresented on the international fashion scene in a time where multiculturalism and globalization are expressed as fundamentals in fashion. For this reason, Foundation INFOBIZZ, which has the aim of developing successful entrepreneurs, decided to coordinate Dominate The Runway.

Under the leadership of project manager, Ms. Le Grand, INFOBIZZ was able to gain funding from the Caribbean Organization of Small Medium Enterprises (COSME) to facilitate the participation of 8 emerging designers.  During the week, emerging designers from St. Maarten, Curacao, Cayman Islands, Anguilla, and Tortola, will participate in intense workshops with local and regional experts on topics such as negotiations, marketing & media, networking, and taking their ideas from concept to market. Trainers such as designer Norma Ebanks (Cayman Islands), Ife Badejo, founder of INFOBIZZ, serial entrepreneur and Caribbean’s #1 Business Connector, May Ling Chun, hotelier and entrepreneur,  and Renae Quinton (Barbados), marketing and media executiveill challenge these designers while providing them with practical information that can be easily incorporated to grow and expand their businesses.

Lastly, the project will end with a fashion showcase on June 8, 2017, where the public can experience the local and regional talent, and see the amazing fashion that will Dominate The Runway. The admission to the fashion show is limited and available for $20 with a complimentary drink & goodie bag.

INFOBIZZ encourages the public to come out and support all the designers.  For admission to the fashion showcase or more information about Dominate The Runway, contact Cristal Le Grand at +1721 586 5855.