Posted by: Orekh Schriftsteller | October 6, 2011

2011 Design Caribbean trade show

Top Caribbean designers find more than history in Santo Domingo

Designers from the Caribbean, including several from the Dominican Republic, were among more than 100 from the region who displayed their products and creativity at the 2011 Design Caribbean trade show

Santo Domingo.- An exciting and appealing range of high quality products were on show for the four-day event, held from September 1-4 at the Embajador Hotel, which showcased the creative skills of Caribbean nationals and products of the region to international buyers from Europe and North America.

Several designers reported high sales from the region’s biggest trade-show and exposition of hand-crafted products, while others are in the process of turning contacts into business opportunities and profitable partnerships.

“I’m really glad I came. The interest in our products has been unbelievable,” said Mark Daniel of the Avark Design studios in Barbados. Daniel, better known for his fashion trends, used the occasion to unveil a new line of sophisticated handbags that generated great international interest. Designers from Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Belize, and Grenada, host country Dominican Republic, Cuba, Dominica, Barbados, St. Lucia and Suriname were among the territories represented.

They represented such areas as art, film, fashion, music, ceramics, jewelry, home furnishings, specialty foods, leather goods and others. Along with individual designers, institutions such as the Barbados Community College and the Design School of Trinidad and Tobago as well as the Jamaica Development Corporation were also present.

Design Caribbean was organized and managed by the Caribbean Export Development Agency and has emerged as a successor to the Caribbean Gift and Craft show, which embraces designers and artisans from all CARIFORUM countries.

Santo Domingo-based Deputy Director of the Caribbean Export Development office, Escipion Oliveira said that apart from offering Caribbean designers greater access to important regional and international buyers, Design Caribbean also featured an educational component which was a good fit with the greater objective of increasing economic benefits to the region from the creative industries.

“This project is a major step forward in helping us in the Caribbean to better integrate ourselves and create a better platform to sell our creative products to the world. We are working with our artisans, designers and other talented people of the region to access the international marketplace,” said Oliveira.

Some of the topics covered in the educational sessions at Design Caribbean were “Understanding the Potential of the Caribbean brand,” Understanding Intellectual Property Rights; and social media strategies for designers.

From Dominican Today

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