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New York top designer returns to Botswana

Publishing Date : 19 March, 2019

Author : KEAMOGETSE MOTONE

New York based noted fashion designer Clavon Leonard will be hosting a one day fashion workshop on 25 May. The workshop will be rooting and scouting for talented designers and models to be signed under Leonard’s brand labeled Clavon Brand.


Leonard boasts of an extensive brand that has featured international designers such as Ghana, South Africa, Philadelphia, New Jersey and many more. He runs a designer clothing line that represents class in New York. He does luxury suits for men and also women’s wear.
He has headlined a few of African fashion shows, the recent being in Ghana where he added a young designer to his portfolio. Right now he is headed for a mini show in Botswana.


In an interview with WeekendLife, the organiser of the event from Flowetry Session Media, Tshepiso Solomon, shared that this is not the first time Leonard will be coming to Botswana. “Last year he had a fashion event which saw a number of local models walk for his show,” he said. Leonard signed three male models last year from Botswana who have been actively training through a series of boot camps, networking sessions and fashion showcase.


He further implicated that the workshop will be in a form of a master class by Leonard. The designer who was published in leading fashion magazines like British Vogue, GQ will also be doing a meet and greet session and a bit of a fashion showcase. “Registration for the show is ongoing, there are forms being handed out to those showing an expression of interest. Models are to attach a copy of their zcard to their application form and the rest are to attach a profile showing their body works,” he explained.


Leonard will be on the lookout for talent at the workshop since there will be a mini fashion show. As well as modelling competition, he will be picking two models and two designers who will sign under the Clavon Brand. “Selected models and designers will join him to show at fashion week in New York and around the world. Clavon will mentor the two selected designers for one year. While the two selected models will get a two year modelling contract with Clavon models,” he highlighted.


“The selected stylist will get a chance to have access to Clavon Leonard’s designs to use as wardrobe for styling purpose and they will be exposed to work in South Africa,” he added. Solomon further highlighted that the international designer will also select a photographer who will eventually collaborate with Clavon Leonard and Clavon models. “This is to give them a chance to be featured on international publications,” he hinted.


Currently, models are required to bring their A-lister game to the table, in terms of their walk so as to leave an impression. “Even for fashion designers they should bring something that can shake the international market and he is ready to even assist them. He knows what the international market is looking for,” Co-organiser of the event Raymond Geofrey explained. “Designers skills craftsmanship should be impeccable in a way that they should be able to impress at New York fashion Week.  New York Fashion Week is attended by a lot of prejudices, we want outfits that can be bought at New York Fashion Week,” he said.

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