Fashion Week Crisis
Fashion week crisis
By Dawn Gibson
Thursday, May 02, 2013a
The Fiji Times
ENTREPRENEUR, founder and director of Mark One Apparel Mark Halabe has expressed concern over the news of FJFW's recent financial issues.
Mr Halabe, a long time supporter of the fashion industry, said FJFW was too important an industry in a place like Fiji.
"FJFW is a once in a lifetime opportunity for budding designers," he said.
"There may never be another event like it if it was to fold.
"Designers will lose a major event to showcase their talents in their own country."
Mr Halabe said it was important for designers — budding and established — to remain positive about the future of fashion in Fiji.
"One of the most successful and wealthiest persons alive today created wealth from the fashion industry by sheer determination," he said, emphasising the need to maintain individual willpower.
He said there was a great need for budding designers to remain persistent and hard-working during such times.
Mr Halabe said if anyone wanted that extra dose of inspiration, they should read up about the retail chain ZARA.
Fiji Fashion Week managing director Ellen Whippy-Knight had said the prospects for Fiji Fashion Week were in serious doubt because of a lack of support from sponsors, even after financial contribution from naming rights sponsor MHCC.
She had said in an article published in The Fiji Times that the event, scheduled for October 1-5 in Suva, would not proceed unless extra funds could be found.