In a bid to promote entrepreneurial spirit among Nigerians and boost the Small Medium Enterprises sector of the Fashion industry, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc recently held the first edition of its Fashion Weekend at the Landmark Centre Lagos. For a Bank that has shown commitment to supporting small and medium scale businesses in Nigeria, the event should come as no surprise. The event brought together some of the most promising, talented and recognized fashion designers, brands and retail enterprises from across Nigeria and abroad to showcase latest fashion trends and products to a large and diverse audience of consumers, fashion lovers and industry professionals
According to the Bank’s Managing Director, Mr. Segun Agbaje, “the fashion weekend is our way of growing SMEs in a sustainable manner that is not driven by profits but focused on empowering the bank’s customers and growing the Nigerian economy collectively. In a way to further enhance SMEs, we set up the fashion master class sessions as highlights for the weekend. It would offer entrepreneurs the unique opportunity to learn from global fashion industry leaders. On the other hand the retail exhibitions would showcase the wares of dozens of SMEs within the fashion industry for patronage from guest”
The just concluded Guaranty Trust Bank Fashion weekend Master Classes had renowned and successful fashion entrepreneurs who shared their stories of building viable businesses with budding entrepreneurs. It created an opportunity for participants to learn how to make profitable businesses out of fashion from local and international fashion industry leaders. There was also a showcasing of a diverse range of affordable and luxury apparels, footwear, accessories, beauty items and much more from bidding indigenous SMEs
For Guaranty Trust Bank, the programme was truly aimed not only at celebrating African Fashion but also to directly boost the expertise and exposure of small businesses, while creating a platform that would truly serve the stakeholders in the Fashion industry.