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By Lara Falcone
In a humanitarian effort last month, Beyonce visited Haiti to survey the progress made since the deadly 2010 earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince claiming up to 300,000 lives. After discovering that St. Damien Pediatric Hospital in Taberre has been suffering from a lack of funding, Beyonce decided to sell her popular BeyGood charity shirt online, giving proceeds from the sales directly to the hospital.
By Lara Falcone
Last week the Haiti’s Center for the Facilitation of Investments (CFI) and Association of Industries of Haiti signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Inter-American Development Bank to ensure support in renewing the existing duty-free trade agreement with the United States.
The clothing industry plays a critical role in Haiti’s economy, with garments accounting for 90 percent of the country’s exports to the United States. In 2014, $854.3 million worth of textiles and apparel were shipped to the U.S.
South African designer David Tlale presented his FW15 collection during Mercedes Benz fashion week at Lincoln Center on Feb. 15. The collection focused on statement-making, sexy clothing that featured rich fabrics with intricate details.
For the first time since leaving Haiti as a young child, Prajje Jr. Jean-Baptiste, founder of fashion company Prajje 1983, will return to Haiti to debut his latest collection in an exhibition entitled L’Art de la Mode. A man with a great deal of vision, Prajje started his company in 2003 with the goal of becoming a force to be reckoned with in the fashion industry, and he is well on his way to seeing that goal come to fruition.