FashionTT has recently closed off an open call for the fourth cohort for the Value Chain Investment Programme. This programme is aimed at providing designers with strategic assistance to improve their business performance at varying stages of development.
Each designer will be interviewed by a panel of local and international fashion industry experts and scored based on the following criteria:
To hear what the first and second 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, Ecliff Elie, Qodesh with Style, Genesis Swimwear, Kiran K Clothing, Shaun Griffith Perez, Shurnel Investments Limited.
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
- Entrepreneurial Development 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. Interested in joining the VCIP? Email us!