Italy, the country of the Mecca of the Milano Prêt-a-porter has become the launching ground for Fashion-ABLE Haiti, an initiative of the Embassy of Haiti in Rome. This project promises to create jobs and give the opportunity to thousands of Haitians in the sectors of textile and handicrafts, to create a better life for themselves and a better country as a whole. This project proposes to Italian designers the opportunity to produce some of their products in Haiti, to be sold tax-free in the United States, based on the Hope/Help bill voted by American Congress, to facilitate employment in Haiti for the next eighteen years.
Fashion-ABLE Haiti launches and the program will be revealed during AltaRoma, the annual fashion week for young designers in Rome, July 9th , 2011. The event is produced by the Municipality of Rome and Vogue Italia. The President of AltaRoma, Sylvia Fendi and its Vice President, Valeria Mangani are both great supporters of the Embassy's events and projects. "We think that AltaRoma is a great venue not only to launch our program but to also showcase a small collection by Stella Jean, a wonderful designer who is half Italian-half Haitian and to feature a few pieces from Haitian Designers (from Haiti and the Diaspora) identified by the Fashion-ABLE Haiti pre-feasibility study" said H.E. Ambassador Geri Benoit ,actual Ambassador of Haiti to Italy.
Fashion-ABLE Haiti takes its strength from the commitment of world leaders like former President Bill Clinton, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and Luis Alberto Moreno, actual President of Inter American Bank of Development (IADB) to help Haitians create more favorable living conditions all through the Expression of Fashion.