JANICE LAWRENCE-CLARKE, PRESIDENT/CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF JLC PRoductions, FOUNDER OF CAFE – CARIBBEAN AMERICAN FASHION EXCHANGE (TM)
Janice Lawrence Clarke is the President and Creative Director of JLC PRoductions, a fashion presentation company, sought-after host and MC, and founder of CAFE -Caribbean American Fashion Exchange(Tm), a program aimed at joining fashion design talent and US markets, and through which she has established the CAFE(Tm) Scholarship Fund at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New York. The CAFE(Tm) Scholarship is to be distributed to two students who live in the Caribbean to study at FIT.
With a firm belief in economic empowerment through cultural development, Janice has set about promoting the platform of Caribbean Fashion through a series of events and activities that include the panel discussion on the topic What is Caribbean Fashion? which was presented at the Fashion Institute of Technology before a packed audience, and which lead to the Caribbeans in Fashion Meet&Greet held during New York Fashion Week.
Other activities include Caribbean culture presentations such as Third Tuesday CAFE Fashion & Culture Salon, a monthly series of pop-up shops, and The Mas in Fashion – A Fashion Parade, the longest Fashion Parade in the World on Brooklyn‘s Eastern Parkway during the West Indian American Day Carnival Association’s New York Caribbean Carnival, on Labor Day.
An international fashion consultant, Lawrence-Clarke was recently engaged in a consultancy for the development of a strategic plan for the fashion industry of Trinidad and Tobago, with the Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Services Industries, a division of the Ministry of Trade Industry and Investment. She has worked in the fashion industry since 1975 beginning as a runway and illustration model prior to completing her first degree in Fashion Buying and Merchandising at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology.
She moderated the conference.