Value Chain Investment Programme
FashionTT launched an open call for the third cohort for the Value Chain Investment Programme in June 2019. This programme is aimed at providing designers with strategic assistance to improve their business performance at varying stages of development. Interviews are currently under way.
Each designer will be interviewed by a panel of local and international fashion industry experts and scored based on the following criteria:
In 2018, VCIP Designers include:
Non-Global Value Chain (non-GVC) Support Programme: The Hideout Clothing, Loud by Afiya, Wadada Movement, Ted Arthur Leather Collection, Daww Creations Co. Ltd, Shop Shari, Shurnel Investments Ltd., Qodesh with Style, Anya Ayoung Chee and J. Angelique.
Incubator Programme: Christian Boucaud, 1491 Denim, M.A.C- Mic’ha’s Authentic Creations, YINK, S.M. Warner, Brown Cotton Caribbean, Harvey Robertson Designs, African Ark Clothing, Ā-län by Rhea Ahong, Willow and Oak, Pulchritude Design House by Shashen, Saycred Blu Design Studio, Beyond Design T&T, Xanda's Exclusive Designs, Cee Wee Designs, ISAYU, Nwannia, Hutch Swim, Sanianitos, Shaun Griffith Perez Designs, Genesis Swimwear Caribbean Ltd., Dingolay Designs, Deisha Dare Designs, SR Designs, J’Fab Body, Issa Vybe Clothing, Herbalist Family, RJ Designs, Lyoness Designs, SunRae swimwear, The Black Orchid Collection, De La Cult-ure, Salt Clothing and Accessories, Krista Gabriel's Designer Brand and KeriBazzey Couture
To hear what the first cohort of the VCIP have to say, click their name: Wadada Movement, Charu Lochan Dass, Janelle Forde, Shari Cumberbatch, Ted Arthur, Pulchritude Designs, Adrian Foster, The Hideout Clothing, Bene Caribe, IsayU Clothing and Ecliff Elie.
About the Value Chain Investment Programme
The Fashion Value Chain Investment Programme (VCIP) is one of the core projects of the Strategic Plan for the Fashion Industry. This programme assesses local firms by an independent international panel who will categorize firms into one of the four levels of the VCIP:
- The Global Value Chain (GVC) Support Programme
- Non-Global Value Chain (Non-GVC) Support Programme
- Business Advisory and Financing Programme
- Strategic Training Programme
The VCIP is a landmark initiative that began in July 2016 when the Trinidad and Tobago Fashion Company Limited (FashionTT) convened a three-member international panel to interview twenty-one designers in Trinidad and Tobago. Each candidate was scored based on their responses to a series of questions related to the fifteen VCIP criteria.
In 2016, based on their scores, five designers were accepted into the Non-GVC Programme – Millhouse, Ecliff Elie, J Angelique, Charu Lochan Dass and Ted Arthur Leather Collections – in the 2016 programme. These firms received support in improving up to two elements of their value chain by refining their in-house performance or outsourcing some steps locally. This support was provided by Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology and consultant, Vincent Quan over a one-year period who worked closely with these designers to harness their most significant value chain potentials.