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Courtney Washington for CARIFESTA 2017

Published:Thursday | August 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Designer Courtney Washington beside one of his design.

Jamaican designer Courtney Washington, takes his 'Celebration of Style' to Barbados for the 13th edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts, August 17-27.

Washington will be exhibiting his line of women's clothing at the event billed as a potpourri of cultural expression from various Caribbean and Latin American countries which includes a programme of performing and visual arts, food, fashion and literature. He will also participate in fashion shows showcasing his 'Fashion Fit' themed collection of separates and dresses in a range of fabrics including cottons, printed linens, jersey, silk, lycra and his signature 'pucker' - a seersucker type fabric that is a bestseller at his stores in Kingston and the the United States.

"This is my first time showing at CARIFESTA, and I am looking forward to interacting with other Caribbean designers and exhibitors," he told TODAY. "I am particularly interested in meeting the regional and international buyers that will be attending the event", he added in reference to the Buyers Market- a first time feature of the festival featuring the exhibition and sale of goods and services. A number of buyers have confirmed participation including the American chain stores, Macy's.

With a fashion footprint in retail stores in New York, California, Florida, Arizona, Hawaii and Europe, Washington says his wants to expand his market share in the region. "Some of my lines are ideal for the resort shops and boutiques that dot the region as well as the summer catalogues of the international stores," he explained.

CARIFESTA was first held in Guyana 1972, and is hosted by a different Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country every 2-4 years. Other host countries have included Jamaica, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, St Kitts and Nevis and Suriname.