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First Global Bank supports the business of fashion

Published:Monday | July 13, 2015 | 12:00 AM
The 2014 winner of the First Global Bank MoDA Grant, Nicole Bryan, proudly walks down the runway with her $250,000 cheque replica.

For the third successive year, First Global Bank has committed to building the business of fashion through its support of The First Global MoDA Grant. Established in 2013, to reward innovation among young fashion designers, the grant boasts a J$250,000 grand prize courtesy of the bank to launch the business of one outstanding up-and-coming design entrepreneur.

Since winning the First Global MoDA Grant in 2014, Nicole Bryan has designed looks for Yendi Phillipps, Tessanne Chin, and her client base has grown significantly. "I would never have believed that I would be the MoDA Grant winner," exclaimed Bryan. "When they called my name at the finals, I was speechless."

"The grant has already had an impact on my life," continued Nicole, "I've been getting a lot more clients and I am hopeful that this will continue," she said.

Explaining First Global Bank's support of the grant, Peter Lindo, head of marketing, said, "It is quite simple. We believe that the creative industries provide a great avenue for business development in Jamaica and we want to help foster that growth."

The First Global MoDA Grant 2015 competition was officially launched on July 1, and interested individuals are invited to send in their completed application to firstglobaljamaica@gmail.com or deliver it to First Global MoDA Grant, First Global Marketing Department, Third Floor, 2 St Lucia Ave, Kingston 5.

Kerry Ann Clarke, director of The Collection MoDA, said: "We are so grateful to have a company like First Global Bank understand the potential of the fashion industry in Jamaica. If we continue to support young designers and grow the industry, fashion will one day be big business in Jamaica."

In addition to the J$250,000 grant from First Global, the winner of the competition will receive mentorship training, a Samsung tablet from Black Inc Marketing & Events Solutions Ltd, and an essential start-up business stationery supplies kit from The Herald Printers.

Visit www.thecollectionmoda.com for more information.