The Fashion Designers’ Association of Nigeria (FADAN), Lagos Chapter, on Thursday said that it would need about N150 million to build a production hub in Lagos.
Kolawole Kuddus, state coordinator of the association, made this known to NAN in Lagos.
He said that the production hub would also include a retail store that would display finished clothing items and accessories made by Nigerian fashion designers and pattern makers.
“The association has proposed a production hub and a retail store where items from the hub would be displayed; it is going to be like a meeting point for key players.
“The hub is a child of necessity because it would serve as a breeding ground for budding fashion designers, reduce the high production costs in fashioning and also boost productivity.
“Here is an industry that employs about 70 per cent of the graduates in the last three years in fashion photography, magazine production, pattern making, styling and wardrobe consultancy.
“The investment in the hub is nothing less than N150 million, and we are looking up to the government at all levels and investors to lend their support to this viable cause.
“With the scourge of unemployment, our industry has become a solace to so many unemployed people, and so any investment in this sector can never be in vain,” he said.
Kuddus also said that FADAN had begun a monthly programme tagged ‘Designers’ Mart’ where young fashion designers gather to display their latest products.
He said that the programme kicked off in June 2014 and has since attracted so many fashion lovers and yielded a lot of profit for the fashion designers.
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