PRESIDENT’S WORD

LFW 5TH ANNIVERSARY

5TH ANNIVERSARY
Pany Saignavong
Founder - CEO
Lao Fashion Week
Lao Young Designers Project

"Lao Fashion Week is known as the most prestigious international fashion event in Laos. Celebrating its 5th Anniversary this year, Lao Fashion Week 2018 has more than 50 participating designers including more than 30 leading designers from the international stages to showcase their glamourous collections throughout the festive week.

Lao Fashion Week is not just about glamours and fame, in respect to our origin of homegrowing in a developing nation, we have launched our humanitarian programmes of Fashion for a Good Cause, and Fashion for All. The two humanitarian programmes are to work and collaborate with people with disabilities under vocational trainings of various organisations to reassure them of their talents, capabilities, social acceptance and independence.

With strong objectives in developing textiles and fashion industries for the country, through the ultimate challenges and hard works since the start, we have established strong partnership and close collaboration with various international counterparts naming the esteemed ESMOD International School of Fashion and Business in Paris, NAFA (Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts) School of Designs in Singapore, London College of Design and Fashion in Hanoi, Fashion Institute of the Philippines in Manila, Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week, Manila Fashion Festival, leading fashion houses in Bangkok, and many more.

In additions to our tasks in developing fashion industries in Laos, our Lao Young Designers Project has also successfully sent Lao young talents to study and train in acclaimed international fashion academies each year, many of them have returned home with precious experiences of a lifetime and have established their own fashion labels and become up-and-coming fashion designers of the country. Before Lao Young Designers Project, becoming a fashion designer was just a dream for young talents in Laos. Lao Young Designers Project has made them realised there is nothing impossible as long as there are will and courage and given opportunities. We are proud to have helped young talents pursuing their dreams.

From the very humble beginning, celebrating the 5th Anniversary, Lao Fashion Week has achieved the milestone by being the most important role player in fashion industry in Laos. We are proud to have put Laos onto the international fashion map as well as successfully made Laos as a part of the international fashion families and we are looking forward to the sustainable development and long standing partnership with our local and international counterparts."