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Bottega Gold A Boost to Local Fashion Industry

Bottega Gold A Boost to Local Fashion Industry
The workshop is the first in a series of training programmes organised by the Fashion Council of Fiji and our major initiative the Bottega Gold Fijian Fashion Festival. It was held at the Suva Business Centre on March 10, 2018. Photo: Niyaaz Dean
March 11
10:47 2018

Congratulations to the Fashion Coun­cil of Fiji for getting in Bottega Gold, an internationally recognised wine brand, to be the naming partner for the Fi­jian Fashion Festival.

The Bottega Gold Fijian Fashion Festival is scheduled for June 1 and 2 at the Grand Pa­cific Hotel, Suva.

It is the first time for a global brand of this magnitude to partner with a fashion platform in our region since the 1990s when BMW sponsored the Red Cross Fashion Shows.

Also, this brand association will not only elevate the platform, but more importantly, the designers’ individual fashion businesses.

Victoria Wines, which distributes Bottega Gold, is the main dedicated wine distributor and importer in Fiji.

Bottega Gold’s brand commitment to qual­ity, elegance and its emphasis on freshness mirrors the Fijian Fashion Festival’s vision and commitment to creating a platform of the highest calibre.


The Festival has diversity, inclusivity and excellence at its core—crafted and moulded into a stylish, elegant and creative consumer-trade platform, making Bottega Gold the per­fect partner to reflect this commitment.

Council chairman Faraz Ali said: “We aim to bolster Fiji’s small to medium fashion en­terprises through the development of skills of all industry stakeholders.

“As the chairman of the Fashion Council of Fiji, I am proud to see this level of partner­ship form between a premium global brand and our platform; the Fijian Fashion Festi­val.

“The Festival family are deeply humbled that such a great faith and trust has been shown towards our show by all our stake­holders, partners, and now premium naming partner Bottega Gold.

“It is a tick of approval that we are heading in the right direction and we look forward to bringing the Pacific the very best of the Fi­jian fashion industry.”

About the Bottega Gold Fijian Fashion Festival

The Fashion Council of Fiji is the national peak industry body for the entire fashion in­dustry.

This is comprised of designers, photogra­phers, stylists, hair and makeup, PR, stage and lighting, events, creative directors, writ­ers, textile designers, graphic artists, blog­gers, seamstresses, and tailors.

So the Fijian Fashion Festival is truly Fiji’s first not-for-profit, industry owned, trade and consumer fashion platform.


Meanwhile, a workshop the first in a series of training programmes organised by the Fashion Council of Fiji and its major initia­tive the Bottega Gold Fijian Fashion Festival was held at Suva Business Centre yesterday.

Mr Ali said: “The Council has run many workshops in the past to develop particular skill sets such as pattern making, fashion business and so forth.

“This particular series is conducted in part­nership with Andrew Powell, one of Fiji’s most successful fashion designers.”

Mr Powell said: “This one covers how to put together a cohesive collection things that in­fluence fashion and also the different career paths that can be followed in the fashion industry you don’t only have to be a fashion designer.”

Mr Ali said: “Andrew is currently the Pat­tern Making Manager at Lyndhurst, the local production arm of Kookai, our regions larg­est fashion brand.

“His experience brings us a combination of fashion design, production, merchandising, marketing, in fact the whole process of fash­ion business, and by sharing this knowledge we are able to up skill our current and future designers

“Andrew was born and raised right here, proving to our designers that anything is pos­sible, and you can have a fulfilling and suc­cessful career in fashion in Fiji.

“This is part of the Council and Festival’s commitment to ensuring that we keep it 100 per cent Fijian.

“His skills are world class, and here he is working right here amongst us in the global centre for Pacific fashion, Suva.

“Many of the designers here are partici­pants of the Bottega Gold Fijian Fashion Fes­tival 2018, and others we are preparing for our shows in 2019 and 2020.

“We don’t want to force designers into the runway.

“We are committed to nurturing and sup­porting them until they feel confident to present the first collection of their fashion business. We also want to encourage the ex­ploration of pathways in our industry, so that people who want to be a part of fashion find a space where they can thrive.

“There is a workshop every month leading up to the Festival, and we will have follow up workshops post event as well.”


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