Fashion designers receive boost from industry

Lyna Mohamad

Two BIBD Special Underprivileged Mothers Empowerment Entrepreneurship Development Programme (SEED) designers received valuable feedback at a knowledge-sharing session with the Fashion Designers Alliance (FDA) Brunei at the Centre for Excellence and Empowerment of the PGGMB Building in the capital yesterday.

This year’s cohort of BIBD SEED features four entrepreneurs in the creative industries, with two choosing to pursue a business in fashion design and others pursuing make-up artistry.

BIBD Chief Marketing Officer Hajah Nurul Akmar binti Haji Mohd Jaafar said that the bank always adopts a whole-of-nation approach in implementing their initiatives and programmes.

“We at BIBD truly believe that the involvement of all parties, be it the government as well as industry players, can result in the best possible outcome that ultimately fulfils the objective of our programme.”

She added that BIBD is extremely grateful that the Fashion Designers Alliance has come on board to provide valuable feedback to the bank’s budding designers, bringing with them a wealth of experience and industry knowledge that will only benefit the SEED entrepreneurs.

Zuzain Couture and Asyumi Boutique will be undergoing an on-site attachment with established local fashion designers under the FDA to deepen their knowledge and skills. They will also participate in an upcoming showcase organised by the FDA.

Esma D’Khatizzah Enterprise and Elahs Beauty Enterprise will also be receiving mentorship for make-up artistry with relevant members of the FDA.

Through its various initiatives such as BIBD SEED and BIBD Catalyst, BIBD is always commited to provide a platform for local entrepreneurs to understand real-life challenges, and ultimately provide opportunities for them to grow into successful businesses that can put themselves and Brunei on the map,” said the bank.

Participants during the session. PHOTO: BIBD