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Guaranty Trust Bank Plc debuts GTBank Fashion Weekend themed “Promoting Enterprise” | November 12th-13th



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Leading African bank, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc has announced the debut of the GTBank Fashion Weekend which will hold in Lagos on the 12th and 13th of November 2016. The two-day consumer focused event is themed “Promoting Enterprise” and is set to create an ultimate fashion experience, where the most promising and talented retail brands will showcase the latest fashion trends and products to a large and diverse audience of consumers, fashion aficionados and industry professionals.

Positioned as a sequel to the GTBank Food and Drink Weekend, the GTBank Fashion Weekend is part of the Bank’s initiative to strengthen small businesses in key economic sectors through non-profit consumer-focused fairs and capacity building initiatives that serve to boost their expertise, exposure and business growth.

The Weekend will be headlined by top fashion industry experts, trend setters as well as locally renowned designers and style authorities. Attendees will be treated to a series of fashion events such as Entrepreneurial and Fashion Master Classes and Retail Exhibitions.

At the heart of the GTBank Fashion weekend are the fashion Master classes facilitated by renowned local and international fashion experts. This year’s Master Classes will cover relevant topics addressing challenges and opportunities across the entire industry value chain including: Fashion Entrepreneurship; Perfecting Design; Brand Positioning, Growth & Profitability; Product Development; The e-Commerce Leap and several others.

The Retail exhibition will showcase dozens of leading Small Businesses within the fashion and beauty industry, offering a diverse range of affordable and luxury apparel, footwear, accessories, beauty items, and much more. As part of the exhibition experience, there will be a craft section, featuring handcrafted indigenous garments and accessories. Culminating each day will be a series of Runway shows featuring collections by renowned Nigerian and African Fashion brands.

Commenting on the GTBank Fashion Weekend, Segun Agbaje, the Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, said;

“We are thrilled to be the first in the Nigerian financial sector to pioneer an initiative that will assist in unlocking growth opportunities for businesses in the fashion industry. We believe we have a fundamental responsibility to ensure that our customers have all the necessary tools to achieve success within the global economy.  We will use our strength, global reach, expertise and relationships to make a positive impact for our customers and invariably our communities.  We are committed to growing SMEs in a sustainable manner that is not driven by profits but focused on empowering our customers and growing our economy collectively.”

GTBank has consistently played a leading role in Africa’s banking industry. The GTBank brand is regarded by industry watchers as one of the best run financial institutions across its subsidiary countries and serves as a role model within the financial service industry due to its bias for world class corporate governance standards, excellent service quality and innovation.

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  1. ...just saying

    September 21, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    When the capitalist who used to be an SME’s sponsor, steals the idea and runs with it. Lord save us from the bullies of this world. LFDW, I’m routing for y’all

    • Nips

      September 21, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      I do not support LFDW.

      The political maneuvering that goes on there is a bit too much. You have to know someone who knows someone before you can be involved. It’s crazy.
      Let there be competition. It is always a good thing. Ask first generation MTN subscribers.

  2. Jimini Cricket

    September 21, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Pure unoriginality, support LFDW, don’t take business away from other SMEs.

    • Plain

      October 25, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      well lfdw itself doesn’t support SMEs…more like supporting my band of friends…GTBank “Fashion weekend” is the END of Fashion week as we know it…

  3. Chantal

    September 21, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Well, copy-paste seems to be a way of life for some eh? From sponsoring LFDW back in the day to creating something that bears more than a passing resemblance when the relationship comes to an end….And GTB thinks we consumers are too dumb to notice what’s occurring? I guess dear fellow Lagos based Nigerians we will get to see the real deal and the pale imitation within a few short weeks…All I can say is I know which FROW will be worth putting my Louboutin soles on for!

    • Plain

      October 25, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      maybe only you will seat on 5 chairs cos as at a day to lfdw, the show hasn’t sold out even for #3500 oo..last year,.the chairs were as empty af

  4. Just saying too!

    September 21, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    May this will be an opportunity for designers that have been shunned by lfdw because of their elitist, nouveau riche
    Ways of casting designers. So

  5. nene

    September 21, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    why don’t they just support lfdw? or was it too expensive for them to sponsor? creating their own fashion week just seems weird because they used to support lfdw.

  6. Olaniyi

    September 21, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Its about time corporate organizations start supporting SMEs and enterprise initiatives…..Love this

  7. Folake

    September 21, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Well thank God LFDW won’t be the only fashion platform in Lagos. More platforms for more people. The more the merrier. I just hope GTBank do it as good as the food and drink fair.

  8. Billz

    September 21, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    GTBank gives me life mehn…… Always looking out for smaller businesses
    God bless them

  9. Litman

    September 21, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Promoting enterprise??? This is another angle sha….interesting. Fingers crossed

  10. kitan

    September 21, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    LFDW get fans oooo

  11. Halima

    September 21, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Wasn’t this the same GTBank that sponsored Arise fashion week from way back and then LFDW recently…. it’s okay. Fashion Bank

  12. Kunle

    September 21, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Yippee!!!! Finally fashion is getting the much needed push it deserves. More of this. I likey!!!!!

  13. Billz

    September 21, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    GTBank supported Art…..and Fashion…..and food. Abeg make dem support Photography too o

  14. James

    September 21, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    This is good for SME’s. we need more interventions like this in other industries . well done guys!!!!

  15. Shina

    September 21, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Please how can we participate. I am a designer and would like to be a part of this initiative.

  16. Just saying too

    September 21, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Bella naija I don’t understand why you won’t post my snap, I must be saying something right!

    • Nips

      September 21, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      Honestly aren’t we all getting fed up of Bella and their moderation? They withhold valid comments or post them decades after the original post has lost steam.
      BN when will you hear the cries of your readers regarding your annoying ads and your Nazi comment moderation?
      We will not be here for long oh. Other blogs are coming up.

  17. Just saying too

    September 21, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Maybe this will be an opportunity for designers that have been shunned by lfdw because of their elitist nouveau riche way of selecting designers for the show.

  18. Just saying too

    September 21, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Maybe this will be an opportunity for designers that have been shunned by lfdw because of their elitist nouveau riche way of selecting designers for the show.

  19. Gracious Store

    September 22, 2016 at 9:33 am

    ” … affordable and luxury apparel, footwear, accessories, beauty items” are these items locally made or are they important and display in Nigeria? It will be wonderful if the items displayed during the fashion show in Nigeria are produced within the country, a way to promote “produced and made in Nigeria products”.

  20. LFDW sucks

    September 22, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    We need more platforms. Honest platforms. Shows based on creativity and originality. Not those based on connections and who you know. More competitions pls. I hope this beats LFDW!

  21. sheke

    September 26, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    kunle, James, Shina one and the same person. Several other comments too from GTBanks staff. Kontinu ehn… Kontinu

  22. Ihunmehai Isaac

    October 26, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Great News! Please what number can we call to get cost of the retail spaces as they are not responding to all the emails we have sent- [email protected] ?

  23. Fashion Eye

    November 10, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    I have been a keen follower of Fashion shows and production in Nigeria, from Arise to the recent GTBank Fashion and Design Week and I was wondering when they will take it up solely (though, it sounds like an idea a friend of mine poached to them a few years back, God help us all)…lol!…LFDW stole the idea, so GTBank might as well steal it also. Fashion is not anyone’s husband or wife, the more the merrier. It’s a good initiative if it is really to support SME’s in the Fashion Industry and not affiliated friends and family members because we know the 411 among all them Fashion enterprises in Nigeria. Anyway, are we buying tickets? How do we sign up? This is the part we don’t get, you throw it to the public but seal access information, a little double sided

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