Vlisco Group Tailor Academy trains fashion designers

BY: Daily Graphic
•Dr. Mrs. Ellen Hagan (left), Patron of the Vlisco Tailor Academy, and 2013 Vlisco Brand Ambassador, presenting a certificate to a graduant

The exclusive quality and expressive designs of fabrics of Vlisco Group have made them a beloved part of numerous traditions in many African countries.

The group aims at facilitating and empowering women through what it terms as the ‘3 Ls’; learning, labour and leadership, and  for this reason, the group has the Vlisco Tailor Academy Ghana, which is to support talented Ghanaian tailors, dressmakers and fashion designers to create a platform that connects African fashion talent and creativity with the knowledge of Vlisco Group in the African and global fashion world.

It also aims at catalysing the African fashion world and the empowerment of women, the drivers for the Vlisco Group Tailor Academies. This would be achieved through integrating education, funding, coaching and employment into a fashion facilitation ecosystem.


Graduation ceremony

The group, on Friday, held a graduation ceremony for 13 master candidates of the Vlisco Group Tailor Academy Ghana. The graduates started their training in August 2014 and received a certificate in Fashion Design. Vlisco will be seeking employment for seven graduates within its tailoring workshop in Tema and other partners.

Addressing the programme, the Managing Director of Vlisco Ghana, Mr Kofi Boateng, said, “At Vlisco, we have made it part of our company’s purpose to facilitate women empowerment through training programmes, promoting women entrepreneurship via the Vlisco Tailor Academy and Dream Fund across Africa.”

Six ambassadors

In April this year, Vlisco presented the six new Vlisco Ambassadors for the year 2015. Those inspirational women are from Ghana, Benin, Togo, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, won the Vlisco Women’s Month Award.

The Vlisco Ambassador for 2015 for Ghana is Madam Elizabeth Akua-Nyarko Patterson from Ghana, is the founder and executive director of the Girls Education Initiative of Ghana, a foundation that provides academic and financial support for girls, including applicants with special needs.