Leading African bank, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, announced the debut of the GTBank Fashion Weekend which held Lagos on the 12th and 13th of November 2016 at Plot 1, Water Corporation Drive, Oniru Estate, Victoria Island. The two-day consumer focused event creates an ultimate fashion experience where the most promising and talented retail brands 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 a continuation 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.

CEO of @soleRebels , Ethopia’s Bethlehem Alemu during her masterclass session at the #gtbankfashionweekend

The Weekend will be headlined by some of the world’s top fashion personalities, globally recognised brand owners and 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 MasterClasses, Retail Exhibitions, and glamorous Runway Shows.

Sole Rebels Founder Bethlehem Alemu, Zaron CEO Oke Maduewesi and GQ UK editor Dylan Jones have been announced among the MasterClass Facilitators for the GTBank Fashion Weekend scheduled for the 12th and 13th of November 2016. Others include celebrity Makeup Artist Sam Fine, Chairperson of the British Fashion Council Caroline Rush, fashion buyer Bijou Abiola, popular Fashion Blogger Claire Sulmers and Tracy Reese, a board member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

UK GQ Editor Dylan Jones attends #gtbankfashionweekend

The GTBank Fashion Weekend is a consumer focused and capacity building initiative organised by Guaranty Trust Bank plc to boost the expertise, exposure and business growth of small businesses in the Nigerian Fashion industry through Retail Exhibitions by small businesses and Fashion MasterClasses facilitated by industry leaders. Themed ‘Promoting Enterprise’, there will be eight MasterClasses, each facilitated by one of the headliners, which will cover relevant topics addressing challenges and opportunities across the entire industry value chain.

During the various MasterClasses, Bethlehem Alemu and Oke Maduewesi, both of whom have created thriving fashion brands in very challenging environments, will share lessons and experiences from their remarkable entrepreneurial journeys. Dylan Jones, who has been involved with lifestyle journalism for three decades, and Claire Sulmers, whose fashion blog, Fashion Bomb Daily, is an authority in the industry, will lead discussions on the global trends shaping fashion and style. Caroline Rush, responsible for organizing the globally renowned London Fashion Week, will offer insights on how to successfully position a fashion brand, while Bijou Abiola will offer retailing tips from her experience as a fashion buyer for top brands. Tracy Reese and Sam Fine will bring their amazing blend of talent, entrepreneurship and innovation to bear in sessions on how to create sustainable businesses in the Fashion industry.

Caroline Rush CEO of British Fashion Council

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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