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Faraz Ali (Fuzz) Retains Fashion Council Of Fiji Chairmanship

Faraz Ali, known by those around him as Fuzz, can be described as a strong leader who, as the chairman of the Fashion Council of Fiji, is continuing to lead
07 Feb 2018 10:15
Faraz Ali (Fuzz) Retains Fashion Council Of Fiji Chairmanship

Faraz Ali, known by those around him as Fuzz, can be described as a strong leader who, as the chairman of the Fashion Council of Fiji, is continuing to lead his industry to new heights.

Whether it’s short-term or long-term goals, the re-elected Fashion Council chairperson who was voted back unanimously without any objection during the council’s Annual General Meeting yesterday, does not promise what he cannot deliver, and works hard with his close circle of fashion insiders to create a strong industry in which designers and other fashion industry players can thrive, and one that the rest of us can enjoy.

Mr Ali was first elected as chairman of the Council in 2014 at the age of 26 and has retained the position ever since.

Mr Ali said: “We of course had a successful AGM today, we were able to meet with a cross-section of our industry and discuss issues related to the future on the growth of our industry.

“We were also able to address certain issues that are inhibiting that growth at the moment. It is very, very humbling to continue to have the support of my industry to drive us into the future with my strong and dynamic team.”

In his report delivered at the AGM he asked for unity in the industry moving forward and noted that the Council was pleased to report that it had become a significant force for SME creation in the Creative Sector.

“We are earning the respect of multiple players across different disciplines, and different industries in Fiji.”

“I think that this is a real testament to the work that the Council has done over the last three years in particular.”

He said they are really looking forward to the future, that it includes the Fijian Fashion Festival which would be Fiji’s first not for profit, industry owned trade and consumer fashion platform.

“The festival is 100 per cent Fijian, it’s bringing to light the talent that we have here across the industry and to cement the knowledge that we are an ecosystem of SMEs, as I’ve said many times before. Our industry inspires and promotes innovation, and entrepreneurship.

“Our Council is committed to carrying on the good work of supporting this ecosystem through training programmes, increased exposure of Fijian talent, and of course through the Fijian Fashion Festival.

“Those SME’s include of course the designers but also photographers, stylists, bloggers, hair and makeup artists, PR and events people, sound and lighting, models, and the list goes on.

“All these people across different disciplines within the Creative Sector come together to form a really dynamic and vibrant industry.”

Despite his work in the industry he has often been labelled controversial. When he was asked what he thought about this he said “I don’t try to be controversial. But having said that no one ever achieved anything by playing it safe.

“Sometimes you need to take a risk to start a conversation, or to achieve any kind of movement.”

He has sometimes been criticised for his strong leadership style to which he responds, “if you want to get the job done ,you can’t be liked by everybody.

“Ultimately, I am not a one man army. I am blessed to have a strong team who work together towards a common goal – to create a world class sustainable fashion industry and to establish Suva as the global centre for Pacific fashion.

The other Council executives were voted in without any objections from members who were present.

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