Making It In The Fashion Business


Fashion stars such as Zang Toi, Jimmy Choo & Bernard Chandran are ubiquitous but what about other budding entrepreneurial designers out there? What are some keys to hitting the foreign demographic? How does one compete at international playing field while simultaneously holding onto our Malaysia roots and culture?

Malaysian textile and clothing exports are set to double to an annual value of US$7.5 billion by 2020 after advancing strongly in 2011, according to a report in Issue No 158 of Textile Outlook International from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence.

With numbers like that Malaysian designers need to seize the immense opportunities out there.

Business Circle talks to Roslan Wilkinson about the cultivating a sustainable business, ever changing trends, colours & about how essential education & communication is to your customer base.

Roslan Wilkinson gained experience in the fashion industry at a very young age where he began as a sales assistant in London, England. Past employers include Giorgio Armani and Paul Smith Ltd.

With a keen eye for aesthetics and detail, he soon became part of a great retail team at Westbourne House, Notting Hill, London — Sir Paul Smith’s flagship store. Returning to Malaysia in 2000, he soon joined Melium Sdn Bhd under the direction of Dato Farah Khan as the Womenswear Division Manager.

In two years, he became Buyer for brands which include Liz Clairborne, Christian Lacroix, and Hugo Boss to name a few.

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