TSTT hosts Fashionverse launch for POS Vogue Week

Above: Mannequin Krystyna-Lee Alexander and designer, Ryan Chan take a look at LED visor glasses. Pictures courtesy TSTT.

The native style business is cashing in on the Metaverse and NFT markets, and revolutionising how Caribbean designers promote their designs and entry new markets. On Tuesday, 28 February 2023, Port of Spain Vogue Week (POSFW) launched the Fashionverse, an all-digital style expertise utilising digital actual property that ensures native style adapts to an rising world shift in direction of digitalisation.

By means of the Fashionverse, native style designers can create digital style that may be bought and worn within the metaverse – a extremely immersive digital world the place individuals collect to socialize, play, and work.

With attendees from a cross-section of rising and established style labels in attendance on the bmobile Company Field, Queens Park Oval, POSFW founder Crystal Cunningham defined why this space is so essential to trendy style labels. “In 2021, digital items generated gross sales of about $110B and the developer of common online game Fortnite, Epic Video games, made $50M from one set of skins, i.e., digital clothes, alone. With this in thoughts, POSFW reached out to the Caribbean Improvement Financial institution to help Caribbean Designers in capitalising on the digital style development on this burgeoning digital market.”

With main worldwide manufacturers like GUCCI and Louis Vuitton already venturing into the digital area, Cunningham defined the idea of NFTs i.e digital belongings and the way they tie into style. “By means of this new mannequin, designers can promote their clothes and designs as NFTs, creating a brand new income stream and opening up new potentialities for digital style.”

“Utilizing NFTs is a cost-efficient and easy-to-use method for designers to enter the digital market, guaranteeing they continue to be aggressive within the fast-changing style business.”

As soon as objects are bought on-line as an NFT, designers then obtain cost by way of a digital coin resembling Ethereum, which may then be bought for US {dollars}.

TSTT hosts Fashionverse launch for POS Vogue Week

Alimah Abu Bakr, Celestee Da Breo and Kristy Ramnarine on the launch of POSFW’s Fashionverse. Photograph courtesy TSTT.

Having efficiently produced Trinidad and Tobago’s first digital style week in 2020, POSFW provided attendees on the 2023 launch a preview of the brand new NFT web site through which Caribbean designers’ work may be bought and in addition shared a behind-the-scenes take a look at how clothes are taken and reproduced nearly to be used by on-line avatars as ‘skins’ or digital costumes in numerous purposes and video games like Roblox and Fortnite.

Gerard Cooper, Basic Supervisor Operations and Administration, TSTT, famous that as a know-how and communications supplier, the alignment with POSFW is forward-looking. “The emergence of NFTs and the elevated enlargement of knowledge and cell entry, paired with the democratisation of shopper know-how, naturally lends itself to our assist of POSFW. We welcome the brand new period of rising designers who will use these applied sciences alongside established designers who can draw on their previous work to introduce it to new and rising markets worldwide.”

Malene Joseph, Consulting Co-ordinator at The Cultural and Inventive Industries Innovation Fund (CIIF) on the Caribbean Improvement Financial institution, famous that the challenge is exclusive of their Fund. “This challenge seemed strategically at totally different elements of the ecosystem the place style intersects with know-how. And we see alignment between sections we assist at CIIF, together with animation, style, NFT’s and even Carnival.”

With the assist of the Caribbean Improvement Financial institution, bmobile and different sponsors, POSFW is main the way in which in bringing the area’s distinctive type and creativity to the forefront of the digital style world.

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