By Johannes Hangula
THE Local Brands Exhibition volume 2 is expected to be held on October 29-30 this year, following last year which saw 20 best local clothing brands competing for the best exhibitor category, at an event held in Windhoek.
Speaking to Confidente Local Brands Exhibition founder, Naftal Nghishekwa, of Team Shako Trading, said he started the exhibition last year because his team wanted to identify Namibian clothing labels and market them.
Nghishekwa added that his team wanted to bring together local products under one roof and encourage Namibians to start buying local instead of clothing made outside the country.
For this year’s exhibition Nghishekwa said a committee made up of four representatives has been set up and is working with the Trade Forum of Namibia currently pushing for local brands to start selling their products in popular retail shops like Streethouse and Sports Scene.
Nghishekwa who believes that Namibians have talent when it comes to clothes designing and branding, said the upcoming exhibition will be held at Palm Tree Park in Windhoek, with 55 local clothing brands already registered and willing to showcase their products.
Local clothing brands such as; Twins Power, Kashipu, Currents Situations, Focus-Burning Desire, The Pinnacle, Wambo Spirit, UGU, Collabo, Never Give Up -Try Harder, Indicator, SoBeIt and Go Getter are some of the brands scheduled to exhibit; and will all be competing for the title of Best Exhibitor.
Apart from the exhibition, Nghishekwa said there will be live DJs who will entertain the visiting public; who in turn will also vote for the most creative brand.
Nghishekwa is calling on all local clothing brand owners to participate in the exhibition and get more exposure for their work.
At the entrance N$30 will be paid by anyone wearing a local brand outfit and N$40 by those not in local gear. The event is scheduled to start at 10h00.
This year’s exhibition sponsors are Exclusive Classic Computers, Grand Master Printing, Top Cheri, Ndaka Media Investments, Dune Fox Printing Talshche Invetsments and Man Scoop Sounds.
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