Host MC Laura O, BCFW Event Coordinator Cheryl Jean and Founder/Executive Producer Althea Blackford kick off the fashion week. Later in the event, Boston City Councilor, At Large Annissa Essiabi-George joins in the virtual red carpet fun with her greetings.
Host Laura O speaks with Natalia Urtubey, Director of Small Business at the City of Boston, about the resources her office offers to fashion entrepreneurs.
3 Massachusetts Fashion Schools - Lasell University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) and School of Fashion Design - take us through their school's journey of what happened when the lockdown started, communicating with the students, remote learning with their students, graduation, and what is the new norm for their school.
BCFW Creative Director Sparklle Thames and moderator speaks with Designer Prajje Oscar Jean-Baptise on how COVID-19 affected his business, shifting from business as usual to helping his community during this crisis and the pivot he did within his business.
The purpose of this talk is to shine a light on the understanding that Black Lives Matter is simply more than just a hashtag and how fashion brands can be authentic in raising awareness of social injustice. How can brands use their voice for good? How can brands ensure that they are vocal about social issues but not performative? What more must they do besides posting a black square or “muting?” This talk serves as a safe space and opportunity to educate, engage, and empower. Guests will also learn practical tips about posting on social media when it comes to supporting social injustices as well.
Featured speakers - Joelle Fontaine - I Am Kreyol, Marie-France Noel - Kadokele
Speakers Rosanna Ortiz, Founder of StyleWeek Northeast, Rick Davy, Founder of Fashion Week Brooklyn and moderator Althea Blackford, Founder of Boston Caribbean Fashion Week have an in depth conversation on how fashion has changed because of COVID. We discuss what is the new focus for designers for their business, the importance of fashion weeks or is there no longer a need for a traditional fashion week and the pivots for the guests and their fashion weeks.
Empowerment Coach Pilar Tucker discusses how to work on yourself before helping others, your business and helping your community.
Our host MC Laura O recaps on Day 2 presentations and share her gems of the day from the different presentations we saw.
Keynote Speaker Jay Calderin, Founder/Executive Director for Boston Fashion Week
Whether you are well on your way, just starting out, or still in school, navigating a career in fashion can be a daunting challenge. So much of what you need to know goes beyond what you might learn at fashion school. What are the things they don’t teach you in fashion school? Jay Calderin actually wrote the book!* He will introduce you to the nine keys to building and maintaining a healthy and sustainable career in fashion.
*What They Didn’t Teach You in Fashion School
Guest speaker Bill Hulsey, SCORE Boston, presents information on looking at type of business statuses and trademarking and copyrighting.
Covering the impact of email marketing on e-commerce. It's actually a great presentation that shows how Bryan Caplan's company helped one of his clients sell over $5,000 in hats during the height of the pandemic with just 4 simple emails. Bryan dives into the anatomy of the emails and provide the attendees with helpful tips and tricks to get the most out of their email list.
Guest speakers Toyin Omisore, Roam Loud and Bryan Alexis and Miguel Carlos, Bryan X Miguel will focus on the techniques you use to get magazines to mention or feature your brand. Also, giving advice to designers and stylists about what they can do, what they should have ready for consideration to be featured in any level size media outlet and other helpful tips.
How does COVID has affected the modeling industry. We chat with Yemi Sekoni, President of Donahue Model and Talent. We find out what is the current scene, Is there any work these days? Has the casting protocol changed? With all the different restrictions, what is it like for a model or actor to go out to a casting or to be on set?
Massachusetts boutiques - Owner Rochelle Wilson-Goggans, New Destiny Fashions and Owner Tessy St. Fleur, Demoiselle Accessories sharing their story of how they are doing during this COVID time. Also, giving advice on how designers can connect with owners, what they should have ready for consideration to be featured in a local shop and other helpful tips.
Runway presentations by I Candi Wear by Boston designer Ayanna O'Brien and Haitian designer Prajje Oscar.
I Candi Wear show was shot in Connecticut.
Prajjé Oscar collection 2020 - Everything Old is New “Dahomey”. Virtual runway show, filmed at the iconic Philadelphia landmark, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
Host MC Laura recaps Day 3 presentations. She also shares her Gems of the Day.
Host Laura O welcomes everyone the final day of BCFW
In depth conversation with Michael Weston, Interim President for Indiana Fashion Foundation, on how fashion has changed because of COVID, what is the new focus for designers for their business, the importance of fashion weeks or is there no longer a need for a traditional fashion week.
Presentation on the country of Jamaica and the COVID travel protocol by Jamaica Tourism Board Representative Matthew Blake.
Photographer Michael Smith talks about the process of creating his latest photo book Culture, People, Places: Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidadian Designer Heather Jones and Jamaican Designer Mark McDermoth share what is going on in their countries, how COVID has affected their business, the big shift they did in their business, and moving forward in this new norm.
We hit the international runway with 2 presentations. BCFW Founder Althea Blackford intros the fashion show. She brings on guest Designer and Producer for the Runway Jamaica Show Mark McDermoth. Mark chats about the planning process and everyone involved.
Runway Presentation -
1 - St. Martin - UForik Mass Uforik Mass is a new band to the carnival arena on the dual country of St. Maarten/St. Martin. Blessed not only to have one carnival but two carnivals celebrations yearly, French, and Dutch side, they are beyond ready to embrace and explore the culture of mas. They are a fun and dynamic group of young people who aims to bring a new experience and image to carnival in St. Martin. Uforik stem from the word Euphoric which stands for excitement, confidence, and happiness. These are the key elements in which we desire our revelers to experience. Their mission is to bring something innovative that has never been seen for carnival on the French Side of the island.
Special Thanks to Rebel Mas for the connection.
2- Jamaica - Runway show - Shot on location at the Rose Hall Great House Featured Designers - Lee McLean, Earl's Fashion & Branding, Polka Dots, Khalil's Hatitude & Closet, Aurai Swim by Anna Lisa, Dermoth Williams Bridal by Uzuri International Special thanks to the Jamaica Tourism Board for the connection, Rose Hall for the usage for the runway show.
Host Laura O and BCFW Founder Althea Blackford close out Boston Caribbean Fashion Week 2020.
This expo is for fashion entrepreneurs. 2020 has been quite the rollercoaster year. This expo was created as a way for fashion designers and other fashion entrepreneurs to connect with each other for future collaborations, learn about what new resources are out there especially during this COVID time, and share what is going on individually with our business to be that network of support for one another.
Yes, the registration fee is FREE.
The main portion of the summit runs from October 14 - 17, 2020.
We'll kick off on October 14, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST.
October 15 - 17, 2020 we start at 3:00 PM EST.
Each expo day closes around 7:00 PM EST or a little bit before or after that depending on the daily schedule.
Oh no! The only person you'll get emails from after you register is from me, Althea - the organizer. That is so you can get all the updates for the expo. After the expo is over, you'll continue to hear from me, but you can unsubscribe at any time.
There is a mix of live portions and pre-recorded presentations. We would love to have you join us LIVE during the event time where you can meet other attendees and connect.
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All of our speakers for this summit have been hand-picked and our slots are currently full. However, we're open to additional potential speakers next year's expo. If you're interested in details or being considered for our BCFW EXPO 2021, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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