10 Emirati designers begin training under ‘Azyame’ - GulfToday

10 Emirati designers begin training under ‘Azyame’


For this edition, designers will be required to incorporate into their collections the traditional craft of Talli.

The third edition of ‘Azyame’, the flagship fashion entrepreneurship programme by Irthi Contemporary Craft Council (Irthi), an affiliate of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment (NAMA), in partnership with London College of Fashion, kicked off recently to support the next generation of Emirati women fashion designers.

The 10 participants selected to take part in the third edition include Maitha Hamdan, founder of ‘Decencia’, for modest travel wear; Aysha Salem, who will be launching her label by the end of the programme; Shoug Fardan, founder of eponymous art-inspired brand ‘SHOUG’; Fatma Alawi, founder of ‘Mzyan’ for exquisite Moroccan kaftans; Ayesha Al Mheiri, founder of ‘OSH Collection’; Badria Salim, founder of ‘Abdar Jewelry’; Sara Almulla, founder and CEO of ‘Piece of Heart Jewellery’; Moza Al Mazrou, founder of ‘Moza Al Mazrou’; Sara Al Bedwawi, founder of ‘By Live Designs’; and Wafa Balaswad, founder of eponymous label ‘Wafa Balaswad’.

The programme kicked off with an intensive three-day workshop, titled ‘Developing your fashion business’. The workshop shed light on the basics of brand strategy and DNA, defining quality and point of difference, sustainability, working with artisans, and setting business objectives. 

Designers also learned how to define tone of voice and corporate identity, customer profiling, marketing, identifying their business strengths and weaknesses and identifying brand positioning and pricing. 

Following the workshop, each participant received a series of personalised consultation sessions.

The third edition of Azyame is being delivered by the founder and director of TNM Consultancy Ltd, Toby Meadows, who is also a visiting lecturer at the London College of Fashion. Meadows also leads award-winning London-based cult women’s wear designer label ‘Belle & Bunty’, and is the author of the bestselling ‘How to Set up & Run a Fashion Label’, which has been translated into nine languages.

Reem BinKaram, Director of NAMA, said: “As part of our commitment to promoting ethical and sustainable practices in the crafts sector, the programme will offer its participants guidance on developing their label using a sustainable approach that can be applied through all stages of work, from research to design, sampling and production.”

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