The CTFC online marketplace is a one-stop solution for Fashion Designers needing to retail their products online in a collaborative environment. The website mimics the aesthetic of a traditional online retailer without the shortcoming and exuberant costs that erode into the vendor’s profits. The platform will allow the designer to have control over their logistics, distribution, price points, lead times needed for them to cope with consumer demand. Vendors will be able to upload their own product inventory to the site and CTFC will establish a safe payment gateway between Buyer & Seller. The CTFC intends to curate designers based on the quality of products and business acumen rather than what is trending in the market.
Accelerated Reboot Classrooms
As the Cape Town Fashion Council (CTFC) we are proud to announce that we will be hosting the Accelerated Reboot Classrooms (ARC) for fashion businesses. The programme is designed to support Small, Medium, and Micro Enterprises (SMME) specifically in the fashion industry, by offering essential business assistance from various consultants, who would usually charge a fee for their services. ARC is a business Bootcamp programme that will offer small fashion businesses the opportunity to rebuild, restructure, and reassess their business operations due to changes caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. There will be a range of business topics covered over a 10-week period, starting from the 14th of June to the 21st of August, and due to lockdown, ARC will take place online using designated digital platforms.
Phase one of the roll out, introduces the Cape Town Fashion Cultivate project, that serves as part of CTFC’s contribution to the South African skills development programme. CULTIVATE is a digital classroom where individuals and businesses can meet, learn, and ultimately be inspired by the knowledge gained from prominent fashion catalysts. This initiative forms part of the Cape Town Fashion CHANNEL umbrella, that can be viewed on the CTFC’s website. The programme’s objective is to create a series of educational and informative video content, that focuses on multiple fashion related subjects aimed at Smme’s. Due to lockdown, this process had been paused, however, already completed videos will be launched in the upcoming weeks.
Being CREATIVE means you value your resourcefulness more than your resources, that obstacles only give you opportunities, and when no one has done it before, it just means you have the chance to be first.
Collaboration and reciprocity are the tools we use to create a community where we are more than the sum of our parts, lifting ourselves to global society as we CONNECT with the best in our country and the world.
The uncommon “common sense” we choose to live by keeps our minds open and questioning to challenge our experiences and assumptions. This earns us perspective and insight that drives the VISION we have for a better tomorrow.
That is why we strive to INSPIRE everyone we touch, so even when they doubt their own ability, they can get the fuel that feeds the fires of their imagination from our example and the work that we’ve done.
We believe that success requires us to push beyond ideas, and that makes us a CATALYST of real change – activating the hopes, dreams, and yearnings within a person so they reach beyond what seems into what could be when they believe they can.
That’s how we recruit fellow TRAILBLAZERS that partner with us as we set our sights beyond the impossible, and in the process prove that fashion isn’t a fad and that a fashionista can revolutionize an industry.