Oluwakayode Etti of Skentele by Etti has emerged the winner of the Vlisco Fashion Fund for 2017. Going home with a N2Million naira price, Etti launched the Afrocentric brand; Skentele By Etti few months ago is dedicated to portraying African designs mixed with Western accents that can compete with what obtains globally.
The annual Vlisco Fashion Fund is put in place by the leading fashion and textile brand to support fashion designers/tailors, illustrations and more in the fashion industry. Vlisco “aims to develop and support upcoming tailors and designers to become established professionals through various initiatives”.
Fund supports designers in starting and strengthening their own fashion businesses giving the winner of the annual competition a chance to win N2Million and a masterclass.
The 2017 edition got over 500 applications from fashion designers who submitted their portfolio, CV and business plans, they were later reduced to 40 where the final 3 Uchenna Smith of CheChe Smith Nation, Oluwakayode Etti of Skentele by Etti and Boma Inko-Tariah of Beldies La Mode were selected.
The finalists were given a task to produce business and cocktail outfits using Vlisco fabrics, the outfits were presented to a panel including top fashion designer Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, Joan Ibuzo of House of Marie, Afua Osei of She leads Africa, Dotun Akande of Patrick Speech and Language Centre/Vlisco Ambassador, fashion illustrators Mr Uche and Mr Ethan.
After thorough deliberation, the winner Oluwakayode Etti emerged winning the N2Million cash prize and a masterclass.