The Clan which consist of two designers and business partners Lafika Joyce and Allen Sonsed has given an opportunity and a moment of glam and shine to six other local designers to showcase their unique garments at their Oppidan 2017 summer fashion show which took place in Windhoek recently.
Namibian local designer and co-owner of the fashion show told The Villager Newspaper that the Oppidan fashion show held recently was hosted to give opportunity to those who aspire to venture into the designing industry and to create awareness on the importance of art and the potential it has to contribute to the growth of the country’s economy.
Despite the lack of support from government and the slow g r o w t h of the fashion industry in Namibia, Joyce and her partner Sonsed has managed to pull off the Oppidan 2017 Summer Show which left few people who attendant the event with no place to sit. Joyce explained that, “the fashion industry is not really at a point where it is supposed to be, there is still much to be done and people in the art industry don’t like to collaborate and work together, I always say that I might not have the strength that the other person could have and therefore working together is always the best.” Joyce also mentioned that, the only support from government she could think of is the sewing machines they give at the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
“There is really no support from government beside from giving out machines but a lot of information is lacking on how to go about it,” Joyce said. With the aim of getting more investors on board, Joyce revealed that they have invited a couple of potential investors to the event to create a good network platform between the designers and the potential sponsors that could spot the designers talent. She further noted that, “The fashion show will also create a platform for upcoming biggest fashion show organisers to see the designer’s talent and approach them for upcoming bigger events.”
The young talented designer also told Vi be that The Clan is planning on hosting the event annually. Designers who show casted their garments where Immanuel Garoeb, Nadi Wilson, Melisa Poulton, Rose Nikanor, Hafeni Frans, House of Cyndle and Lafika Joyce as well as Allen Sonsed