Fashion UPGRADE! Workshop: Producing Quality Garments that Meet National and International Standards
Local designers who attended FashionTT’s workshop on garment production are describing it as a great and highly informative seminar with calls for similar workshops in the future. The recently concluded Fashion UPGRADE! Producing Quality Garments that Meet National and International Standards workshop was held in collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS) with the aim of boosting the competency of designers to successfully meet industry standards and to increase their potential to sell high quality garments to international markets. Over 50 experienced and aspiring local fashion designers, seamstresses, tailors and business persons in the fashion community/industry were in attendance and learned the essentials of garment production including:
- The Use of Standards and Specifications in the Apparel Industry
- Criteria for the Assessment of Quality in Apparel and Sewn Products
- Requirements for the Voluntary Standard for Garment Construction and
- Meeting the Requirements of the National Compulsory Labelling Standard
FashionTT’s General Manager, Lisa-Marie Daniel explained, “Our goal at FashionTT is to stimulate and facilitate the business development and export activity of the Trinidad and Tobago fashion industry to generate national wealth. This workshop did just that by providing local fashion designers with the necessary tools, techniques and knowledge to produce higher quality garments that are saleable to international markets.” The Fashion UPGRADE! Workshop was facilitated by Ms. Violet Davis-Maurice, Lecturer (part time) in Textiles and Design at the University of the West Indies and Chief Examiner for the Caribbean Examinations Council’s Textiles and Clothing program. Ms. Davis-Maurice also has extensive practical and theoretical experience in Textiles, Clothing Design and Management of Apparel Production, acquired through international training programmes in India, Singapore, Malaysia, Brazil and the United States. Christopher Nathan, a stalwart in the local fashion industry, was also present and provided insight into innovation and entrepreneurship in the local fashion industry and emphasized the importance of production standards and quality management.