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Mini-Mall Concept Gives Artisans Trade Space

This will be an artistic space filled with art, jewellery, design boutiques, craft, manicure services, sustainable products and food and drink.
06 Jun 2019 12:27
Mini-Mall Concept Gives Artisans Trade Space
A model atop the rooftop at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva – home to the Botegga Fijian Fashion Festival. Photo: Bottega Fijian Fashion Festival

The Bottega Fijian Fashion Festival is fast approaching with its weekend calendar of events, beginning tomorrow.

As well as having captivating ticketed fashion shows from local and Pacific designers staged in three different locations around the Grand Pacific Hotel, the festival will also be having a trade space, known as the Mini-Mall.

This will be an artistic space filled with art, jewellery, design boutiques, craft, manicure services, sustainable products and food and drink.

A few of the home-based and local entrepreneurs include Ecoconscious Fiji, Helen Mara Artwork, Marama Shellcraft, Jewels Fiji, ProfessioNAIL, Driftwood Kulture, Tahitian pearls, Festival designer garments fresh off the runway and Wallis and Futuna Polynesian tattoo artist Sogia Tufele.

The festival’s primary goal is to support the growth of fashion MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) by providing a platform that celebrates the union of the Fashion and Art industries, connecting local artists, designers and MSMEs to the public.

Chairperson of the Fashion Council of Fiji and Festival Show Director Faraz Ali says: “The Bottega Fijian Fashion Festival believes in the democratisation of fashion and the Mini-Mall is a physical representation of that value.

“The Mall is free entry, which means that everybody is able to walk through to browse designer and artisan products.

“It’s an opportunity for our MSME vendors to engage with current and potential markets, as well as an opportunity for the market to learn about the breadth of creative industry business that operate in Fiji. The Future is here!”

The Bottega Fijian Fashion Festival Mini-Mall is open from midday, June 7, to late afternoon on June 9 and entry is free to the public.

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