Nassau, Bahamas: 16th March, 2011. Five Bahamian designers have been selected to participate and present their creations at the Annual Abaco Pathfinders Dinner & Auction to be held at The Lodge in Hope Town, Abaco, on Friday, 18th March, 2011.
The organizers of the event approached Owen Bethel, President of Mode Îles Ltd, producers of Islands of the World Fashion Week, with the idea of the designers’ participation in the event and he identified the designers who exemplified quality, style and professionalism in their work. Most of the designers have presented their designs during Islands of the World Fashion Week.
The designers selected are Basheva Eve out of Freeport, Brynda Knowles, Theo Elyett Sealy, David Rolle, and Harl Taylor BAG. David Rolle received the NextGen Designer Award at last year’s Islands of the World Fashion Week and accordingly received a scholarship to attend the Parsons New School for Design in New York.
Theo Sealy was the winner of The Runway To Fashion Week competition and also received the Harl Taylor Scholarship to attend the Parsons New School for Design. Both young designers have also been fortunate to have their designs subsequently selected to be featured by Vogue Italia in the case of Theo Sealy, and French, a prestigious French fashion magazine, in the case of David Rolle.
Mr. Bethel expressed gratitude to the organizers of the event for “the vision to include local designers, as it certainly goes a long way to expose them to a significant expatriate residential market which will also become aware of the level of talent and fashionable quality merchandise existing in The Bahamas.
It is particularly pleasing to juxtapose and present the talent of such young designers as David Rolle and Theo Sealy with the treasured and seasoned designs of such icons as Basheva Eve, Brynda Knowles, and Harl Taylor BAG. We look forward to exploring other opportunities to showcase this combination of talent in other venues around the world in the coming months.”
The Abaco Pathfinders Scholarship Foundation, organizers of the event, was formed in 2001 with the objective of providing funds to enable deserving students from the Abaco islands to continue their education after high school, whether vocational or academic.
Since its formation over 130 young persons have been assisted, many of whom have returned to The Bahamas as teachers, lawyers, dentists, doctors , counselors and other professions.
For further information contact Owen Bethel at 356-6133.