May 8th — 17th, 2015

Trinidad and Tobago

Purchase Tickets
  • April 13th/May 1st MEDIA LAUNCH
  • May 8th OFFICIAL LAUNCH
  • MAY 12th-14th FASHION WORKSHOPS
  • May 16th-17th 2TFW FASHION WEEKEND

Special Events

  • BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BREAK RECORDS

    May 15th @ 6am

    Crown Point, Tobago

  • FASHION ON THE BEACH

    May 15th @ 4pm

    Pigeon Point Heritage Park

Ticket Locations

  • Trinidad


    Shhh Boutique
    45 Ana Street Woodbrook

    Cache & Panache Stores
    Trincity

    Simply Runway
    Grand Bazaar



  • Tobago


    Penny Savers Groceries
    Bon Accord & Carnbee

    Renmars Restaurant & Bar
    Pigeon Point

    Barcode
    Milford road - Scarborough

    Lace Fantasy
    Gulf City Mall - Lowlands
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Designers

TABii JUST

Tabii Just (http://www.tabiijust.com) is a womenswear clothing label designed and manufactured in New York City that adheres to zero fabric waste ideals. Tabii Just was born out of a desire to create beautiful eco-conscious clothing for the modern woman. The Tabii Just customer wears many hats and has a blast doing it. She yearns for clothing that she can have lasting relationships, embracing the antithesis of fast fashion. Tabii Just offers vibrant colors and stream lined silhouettes to the conscientious customer. No more will eco-conscious be synonymous with vanilla clothing. Made to look and feel beautiful against the female body, Tabii Just seeks to celebrate women, above all else. Tabitha St Bernard:TABii JUST

Tabitha St. Bernard is the co-founder and designer of Tabii Just, a womenswear clothing label designed and manufactured in New York City that adheres to zero fabric waste ideals. Tabitha lived in Trinidad &Tobago until she migrated at age 19 to NYC. She is a graduate of Bishop Anstey High School, Arima Senior Comprehensive School and St. Francis College (Brooklyn). She is also a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology where she studied Fashion Design. Drawing on Tabitha’s rich Trinidadian heritage, the aesthetic of Tabii Just is a marriage of Caribbean flair and Brooklyn edge, resulting in vibrant prints done in stream-lined silhouettes. Tabitha honed her skills while interning at Vivienne Tam and designing at Tahari ASL. She left the corporate fashion industry to launch Tabii Just which is manufactured in facilities that uphold fair labor practices in Brooklyn and the Garment District. Tabii Just has been featured on NY1 , Style Blazer and E Magazine among others. The line has been showcased during New York Fashion Week for Fall ’13 & Fall ’14. Tabitha presented Spring ’14 at the High Line Park in NYC. Tabii Just is sold in select boutiques as well as online.

Tabitha is a respected voice in the New York eco-fashion community, having spoken on several panels about sustainability in fashion and the Made in NYC label. Tabitha also blogs for I’m Not Obsessed Media about fashion, travel and beauty with a focus on sustainability.

 

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Hutch Beachwear

HUtchOriginally from east side Trinidad, Arima….. but moved to, and currently reside Casselton Gardens , Trincity…. I grew up in merely raw poverty bad and negative influences. Growing up on the streets of Arima, where I lived was filled with a lot of drugs and negative surroundings, and also not having a father at this tender age, it was very easy to get into trouble where I lived, I tried my best to make a way out, never did I know id choose Sewing and Design as a way out. I always was that troublesome student in school. I choose Sewing Art and trade classes in school over Business because I was always better doing things with my hands. The teacher Miss Leonese Jerome ( god rest her soul ) always believed in me …she believed in me a lot…she always used to push me in sewing and I never took it on, but a life growing up in poverty was very frustrating and depressing…and times were beginning to change.. My Mother was a rock in growing me up also, because even though where we lived was a really bad area…she always told us what was right from wrong and always showed plenty love. So one day after going through a lot of bad experiences where I came from..i decided to choose Sewing and Design as my way out of an area filled with Poverty, drugs and a lot of illegal wrong doings. I started off with odd jobs as a stitcher, and tread by tread I worked hard and saved to get all the sewing machines I needed and started to build a momentum from there, choosing the area of Resort Wear and Swimwear because Trinidad and the Caribbean has a very high demand for it. Garment after garment I made….word of mouth began to flow and sooner than I thought, I was being called for fashion shows across the country and then Caribbean, I had no experience in any way, so I learned as i went along, step by step, marketing and building a brand literally from scratch, with no experience or training in the industry….building a Brand of well-known Beachwear & Resort Wear “ HuTcH Beachwear “ pieces that appeals to the Caribbean people, male & female. Fascinated by the “ Island Life “ we portrait & live here in Trinidad and Tobago it gives me great inspiration to do what I do, the energy and Colour of our country, its events and the warmth of the people – HuTcH

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William.M & Co.

David William McIntosh Presents 
The Boulevard Collection 2013-2014

David William McIntosh is a young USA born, Trinidad raised entrepreneur and designer. It was in his late teens that he discovered his great passion for fashion and design. This was the catalyst for him to establish his very own retailing online store – William.M & Co. which was established on May 8, 2012.

WilliamMandCompLtd_photoWilliam.M & Co. is powered by a creative and professional team who’s objectives are to deliver a brand of quality, absolute customer satisfaction and the convenience of acquiring. This brand also targets the free-spirited and career driven man.

Young William has been featured in Metro Magazine that highlighted his first collection entitled “The Boulevard”. The collection was shown at Red Runway, The Marriot Courtyard’s Customers Appreciation Day, Mr. Impressive, and Bleuphoria Festival.

The Boulevard Collection 2013-2014

William.M & Co. 2013-2014 collection is titled “The Boulevard”. Inspiration is drawn from some of the world’s most famous boulevards known for their large landscaped streets, as great socializing and networking locations, and fashion design houses. It is a place where individuals meet to mingle, as Trinis express so colorfully.

The Boulevard consists of 15 looks based on a cohesive use of design and fabrics that are combined to express a Caribbean aesthetic in the realm of mens wear.

The Boulevard was designed to invoke a vibration into the urban, career driven, and vibrant male, transforming him into a runway icon – the man that will enchant you to take a second look. This Caribbean aesthetic is captured in both the fabric choices and the color palate, which reflect the Caribbean free spirit vibe.

The Boulevard when the weekend comes – leaves all the worries behind.

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Romero Bryan

From a young age, London born Romero Bryan had aspirations to become a world – renowned fashion designer. Romero began honing his design and sewing skills at the tender age of just 12. His love of fashion is in his genes; his grandfather and uncle were tailors, his grandmother was a seamstress, and his mother was a fashion buyer. Romero’s designs first caught the media’s attention in 2001 at the BRIT Awards in London.

Romero graduated from the London College of Fashion in late 2005 and propelled his career with rapid succession. His designs have been worn by celebrities and fashion royalty from all around the globe, such as Alek Wek, Alicia Keys, Elizabeth Jagger, & Kelly Rowland, to name but a few.

Romero’s design skills and determination were recognised by the Royal Bank of Scotland in the predicted ‘Rich List 2020’ (Sep 03), which appeared on television and in many publications including Forbes.

Welcome to the world of Romero Bryan…

http://www.romerobryan.co.uk/

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The Cloth

The Cloth started as a collaborative some 22 years ago. For the last (15) years Robert Young has single handedly maintained the label which has come to represent a unique, dynamic and always original Caribbean aesthetic. Robert is perhaps best described as conscientious yet daring. He is as well albeit subversively, nationalistic while influenced by the wider region which prove the perfect backdrop for his practical, colorful and playful designs.

Robert’s work has gone beyond the clothing rack. His designs have been part of presentations of the Emmy Award winning Guyanese cum Trinbagonian mas designer Peter Minshall. Robert’s work can be seen in Jerusalem for Minshall’s Donkey Darby (1993), The Twelve Ships in the Odyssey (1994) and The Image and Likeness” in Tapestry (1995). He has also designed for such legendary Caribbean icons of music as david Rudder and the late Andre Tanker as well as the profound Rapso artiste Ataklan. He has also done the costuming and set design for several steel orchestras’ panorama final and other presentations. Among them Phase II Pan Groove, Skiffle Bunch, Pamberi, and Redemption Sound Setters. As well his almost trademark appliqué has complimented the stage backdrops of one of the country’s leading choirs, The Lydian Singers. When he is not designing Robert makes time for many outreach programs. He has been a resource person at the Man to Man Project (2000), a Delegate of the United To End Racism group at UN World Conference Against Racism and Other Related Intolerance (Durban, South Africa 2001), YMCA MENtoring project 2003 to 2005, Men support group Resource person at Friends for Life and has led several men’s, youth and artist support groups.

Robert has designed consistently throughout the years and it is not only his passion but his profession and craft. He shows annually and has been a part of Caribbean fashion Week since 2001, with the exception of 2002. Robert’s work embodies elements of traditional folk, the spirit of revolution and an interest in restoration and integration.

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Ria Ramkisoon

From an early age, Ria Ramkissoon had been immersed in her family garment business based in Trinidad, West Indies where she gained the understanding and the schematics of garment construction, design and production. Ria attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City to further develop her skills in both Accessory Design and Manufacturing Management.

Armed with her clothing manufacturing background Ria found her way into the New York fashion industry by landing her first job at the prestigious fashion house of Halston. Influenced by her love of metal and colour, Ria’s entrepreneurial spirit emerged, leading her to design RIA handbags. Her inspiration came from the cultures of industrial and lush Trinidad & Tobago and the ever-evolving concrete jungle of New York City.

Exotic skins, Italian leather and American canvas coupled with industrial inspired stainless steel mesh and other metals comprised of the RIA handbag collection. RIA has been carried at over 150 boutiques worldwide including Harrods London, Barneys NY and Seibu in Japan. The bags were coveted by A-list celebrities, socialites and Fashion editors along with being featured in Women’s Wear Daily, Lucky, Glamour, Teen Vogue, Essence, Wall Street Journal in addition to many other major publications worldwide.

In 2013 Ria Ramkissoon Launched her eponymous Line of Handbags , She carries with her  the same sophisticated and luxurious aesthetic from her past collections, bringing her passion, talent and eye for detail to the forefront of her designs.

http://riaramkissoon.com/

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Honamic

The idea and formation of the company was a result of an idle e-mail conversation in 2006 between ‘brothers’ Rhian Ramkissoon and Simon Ramphalie. The conversation centred around the ability to either get involved in an existing business venture or to create their own business which can be done simultaneously in Trinidad and Canada. Tabitha St Bernard:TABii JUSTThe company’s name was derived from two (2) words which were constantly being mentioned in the e-mail: ‘honourable’ and ‘dynamic’, which had to be at the core of their venture. But Honamic what? What was going to be the nature of the business? Many ideas were being tossed around and like a bolt of lightning, both men commented on how difficult it was to find unique clothing. They both agreed that Honamic would be a clothing design company…and so Honamic Designs was born. The initial goal of Honamic Designs was to produce high quality affordable clothing, but the immediate reality of this grand idea was shelved due to start-up costs and lack of experience and expertise. The decision to influence the local market with unique clothing was now the focus. As time went by, and with the change in focus, Simon’s personal and family responsibilities took priority. Rhian, however, was determined to see this project take flight and with Simon’s blessing continue moving forward with the project. After two (2) years of research and careful selection, Honamic Designs opened its doors to the public in December of 2008. The goal was achieved. The store offered its customers’ one-of-a-kind apparel. This concept was well received and the company established a loyal clientele. Clients began making specific requests, and as a result, the company began offering personalized shopping services. These services have now expanded to include styling bridal parties, models and various groups for photography session and events. In 2011, after numerous requests, Honamic Designs took the bull by the horns, and on a very limited basis, began producing original clothing for select clients. The process is one which involves the client in every aspect of the process, from style design and fabric selection to final fitting and styling. The company had the opportunity to design and produce official uniforms for a financial institution’s sports team participating in a regional event. In November 2013, as the company approached its 5th anniversary, Honamic Designs took another step forward and officially ventured into the local fashion arena by producing and showcasing its 1st Collection entitled ‘Callaloo’ at a charity event of the same name. Since the launch, the company has been approached by persons and organizations to design and produce clothing for various events. In 2014, the company took another bold step into the fashion industry by previewing its first full menswear summer/resort collection at the Tobago Fashion Weekend 2014 – SPD REDEFINED, as well as producing original collections for two (2) segments of the grand finale of the Face of T&T competition.

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Francis Hendy

http://www.francishendy.com/

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Zhaffrikah

Breaking into the local fashion industry was always an ambition on the part of Makeda George. However, a reserved lunch period at work became the genesis for the brand and thus “Zhaffrikah” was formed in 2015 with the blessing and tutelage of ace local designer Sharon Phillips. Zhaffrikah’s concept is one that epitomizes a unique fashion experience as showcased in its first collection dubbed “KedaḠe. Hailing from the alluring seaside village of Speyside, located in East Tobago, “Zhaffrikah” characterizes beachwear that celebrates the fashionable aesthetic of women. Each piece tells a story as similar as the story behind the name of the collection. “Zhaffrikah” is coined from the birth names of the two daughters born to Makeda George. Zh’a being the name of her four year old daughter and Affrikah, the name of her now deceased four year old who died in 2008 as a result of drowning. Consequently, in honour of her daughters, KedaḠe caters to the resolute and confident woman.

Makeda George is the founder and designer of Zhaffrikah, a clothing label birth from the foothills of Speyside, Tobago. She is a graduate of Signal Hill Senior Comprehensive and Corpus Christi College. She further graduated from the University of the West Indies (Mona) where she is the holder of both a BSc. International Relations and Political Science and a MSc. in National Security and Strategic Studies. Makeda’s affinity to the ocean coupled with the story behind her choice of fabric has provided the nexus for providing her clients with fashionable pieces that chronicles a story. Zhaffrikah will demonstrate the results and take you on a truly “luxe” adventure.

Embrace the story behind a story….Welcome to Zhaffrikahs’s world.

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Sally's Signature Designs

Sally Lochan DassSally Lochan Dass recently discovered her hidden talent in the field of painting. Her love of nature and fashion ignited this flame to promote Trinidad and Tobago’s exquisite tourist attractions in the form of Hand painted 100% Pure Silk Resort wear. Her designs portray some of our islands tourist attractions e.g. Tobago Buccoo Reef, La Brea Pitch Lake, Piparo Mud Volcano, Tobago Waterwheel, Pigeon Point, Tobago Flying Fish, Scarlet Ibis ,Cocrico Cha-conia and Leather Back Turtles. These attractions will also be displayed in her line of Souvenir Scarfs. Her aim is to show the world what our Island’s have to offer tourists in the form of fashion. Her designs have since skyrocketed in the fashion industry and have been attracting a lot of media attention both locally and abroad. Her designs are easy breezy and can be worn at the beach, or transformed into an elegant evening wear. You will surely turn heads when you step out in one of her designs.

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Headlines

Saga Pinto in Dungarees

Saga Pinto in Dungarees means a stylish person well dressed in denim. We chose this theme to highlight one of the most popular and versatile fabrics in the world as a platform for our expanded program of events that will captivate Trinidad and Tobago from May 8th-17th

History

  • CUT.AH.DASH | (colloquial)
    - used to complement or express pleasure in ones clothing.
    - looking ones best; wearing ones best clothing

    Example: "He cut ah dash lastnight in his Sunday best"

    ORIGIN: Tobago

    TFW Translation: Come wear your best clothes with us!

  • DAN DAN | (colloquial)
    - an expression for ones best clothing

    Example: "Youth man dress up in he best dan-dan"

    Synonym: Sunday Best

    ORIGIN: Tobago

    TFW Translation: A fiesta of the best Caribbean clothes

  • Cazak | (colloquial)
    - A zipper (usually for a man's pants) or buttons (before zippers were made)

    Example: "Fix your cazak!"

    ORIGIN: Tobago

    TFW Use: Cazak Frock Suspenders are the different aspects of garment pieces that can enhance how you look.

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