On April 15, this year, the Fashion Business Series (FBS) platform will return to facilitate conversations with key players in government, the private sector and the fashion industry to develop a roadmap to position the fashion industry as a significant contributor to the nation’s GDP.

Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week is hosted by Style House Files founders, and sponsored by PAL Pensions and the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC). The Fashion Business Series will serve as a forum for exchanging ideas, networking and exploring strategies to grow the industry.

Themed, “The Future of Fashion”, this edition of FBS will feature Simone Cipriani, Head of the Ethical Fashion Initiative of the International Trade Centre (ITC), as the keynote speaker.

Opening its doors to private sector practitioners, textile companies, retailers, and manufacturers, fashion retailers, luxury fashion brands, designers, and fashion entrepreneurs, FBS will also touch on other critical sectors of the fashion industry such as retail, e-commerce, PR, communications and more.

Industry stakeholders will discuss on varied topics, including: ‘Retail and ‘Etail’: Maximising Opportunities and Reducing Risk’, ‘Communicating Fashion’, ‘Exporting Fashion to the World’, among others.

Facilitated by PAL Pensions, FBS will also feature a VIP Signature Session, titled “The Next Level”. Open to fashion entrepreneurs operating for a minimum of five years, the session will host thought leaders in Fashion and the private sector as they discuss how to build a sustainable business.

“To build an iconic, sustainable brand, certain systems have to be in place and a pension plan is one of them.

As conversations increase concerning expanding the role the fashion industry plays in the economic landscape, there is a real opportunity to develop indigenous iconic brands and a need for businesses to be rightly positioned to attract game-changing growth opportunities. We look forward to an interactive and impactful session,” said Adaora Ude, Head, Branding and Communications, PAL Pensions. The Fashion Business Series will hold at The Metropolitan Club, Kofo Abayomi, Victoria Island. This event is FREE, no registration required.