Welcome Note!


Welcome to Martwayne! Yes this site is about fashion - no excuses for that - BUT we will be talking about fashion from a different perspective... as a tool for business success!

Everyone loves to look good and yes, majority of us love fashion! But we all know that fashion goes wayyyyy beyond stitching and there is a lot more to "it" than mere sewing!


SO

"Fashion Beyond Stitches" will discuss how to turn your love for fashion into money-spinners, sharing knowledge, ideas and skills necessary to run successful fashion businesses.

Oh of course this blog will not be complete without our very own T.Williams ranting and raving about her personal challenges as a fashion entrepreneur in the Nigerian Fashion Industry. But don't worry, there are also happy days and all her personal stuff will be filed under the label "T.Williams".

SO enjoy, follow & subscribe to our blog, post your comments, ask questions, offer advice, and spread the link! Cheers!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

And the Last Batch of Pictures... From the Fashion Entrepreneurship Course (Vol. 4)! ... & a bit from the FEC 3 Fabric Rerun...



Undoubtedly the FUNNIEST FEC we've run so far, FEC 4 was filled with lots of laughs and even more networking opportunities amongst participants.  Thanks to Seye Amusa, our guest facilitator from Acuity Solicitors, who had everyone rolling on the floor in laughter.  All  extremely determined people, I even had a participant come in with her baby... the most well-behaved baby I had ever come across.... and I really must give her a thumbs up!  Nice one!

Great!  So what was FEC 4 about?!  How to Start Your Own Clothing Line: A Look at the Clothing Production Process!  And this took place at the absolutely fab training venue Tom Associates in Anthony Village.  

There was of course the first module where I walked participants through the process, identifying areas and of course teaching how to break up the production process.  Then Seye walked them through how to save production costs through effective networking with his real life role play and his "poker" game! Excellent day!  It could not have gone any better!

So here are the pictures!  Enjoy them!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

More pictures!!! FEC for Corps Members...


Yes so I thought with this prevailing unemployment issue (which I will even talk about in another post) and the reality that there are limited jobs with big corporates for our multitudes of graduates, it would be great to encourage and prepare those who have a flair for fashion to become either part-time or full-time entrepreneurs.  And how better to do this than run a course for Corps Members just to help change their mindsets and start taking these skills seriously.



So the Job Awareness and Skills Acquisition (JASA) Center of the NYSC in Lagos runs various courses on and one of them obviously is Fashion Design.  And that's where Martwayne comes in....teaching Corps Members how to turn their passions into business realities...

Friday, June 22, 2012

Procrastination! Always the Thief of Time! About Time I Posted my Backlog of Pictures.... Starting with MFC1a - Grp 3!


Imagine!  Almost a month and I am YET to post those pictures.  Like seriously?!  And now that I'm ready to launch the FEC 5 campaign, I can't.  Why?!  Because you have no clue what happened at FEC 4....well except those who attended.  

So here I am saying enough is enough!  Though I'm still on the hunt for the perfect ISP (turned out the new one wasn't so great after all...), I might as well make the best use of the modem I'm loaning right now.  I have a few hours to go so let's see how far I get...starting with pictures of MFC 1a - GRP 3. 




Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Knowing When to Back Out of a Project...



Stunning flyer right?!  I totally agree!  Perfect way to launch the FECs in Abuja!  

And why did we consider Abuja?!  Simple!  From the market reaction and mails we were getting from prospective participants who stated their willingness to attend the Courses... if only they could hold in Abuja.  

SO off we went making plans to run a 2 day training which was meant to take place this past weekend.  I had contacted the partner company in Abuja, designed the flyer, they had paid for the hall and were about to launch the marketing campaign when I listened to my instincts and pulled out of the project!  And THAT, my friends, was the best decision I ever made!  I'll tell you why just now..

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Learn How to Sew & Turn Your Love for Fashion into Wearable Garments!


Stunning image right?!  I thought so too!  I love it to bits and wish I could use it to advertise ALL my courses!  ;-D  

Great!  So... here's me formally launching our Basic Course in Pattern Making & Garment Construction (MBC) for those who would LOVE to "Learn How to Sew & Turn their Love for Fashion into Wearable Garments"!   Classes begin on Friday, 29 June 2012.


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The First Lagos Accessories Fair 2012! Theme: Accessorize...



Yes yes!!!  I know I promised you pictures and I have a huge backlog of about 5 previous courses which either started or ended but thought it would make sense to send this first to enable those who would benefit from this sign up for it or make plans to attend.  Can you spot my logo on that flyer somewhere?!  HAHA!  Yup!  I will be speaking / facilitating a short training session at this event as well so I thought I better put it up now before it's too late.


So what is it about?!  I guess the flyer speaks for itself!  Here's the information about the event as sent by the organizers.

Monday, June 11, 2012

To the Dearly Departed...


Taken from a BB display picture

It's been one looong week since the Dana Air Crash and I am just slowly getting over the experience.  After the very challenging month or two that I have had, I really did not need that news!  It left me feeling very disoriented, bitter and very angry!  Angry at the fact that it could have been avoided, angry at the level of greed and corruption in our society, angry at the fact that noone cares about anyone else but themselves, angry at those who knew the flight had issues but never said anything till after it crashed, angry at the annoying BB broadcast messages from so-called "survivors" and inventory of the plane's issues (like that's supposed to mean anything now) and most of all, VERY ANGRY at the fact that YET AGAIN, we Nigerians refuse to acknowledge that we are responsible for the decay in our society and choose to blame everyone else!

I was very sad at the lives cut short due to negligence and greed and very pained by the fact that it could have been anyone on that flight and extremely pained by the tragic news of my QC schoolmate, Maimuna Anyene, who died along with her family (a stunner whose smile and dimples I never forgot even after leaving secondary school so many years ago) and members of the FATE Foundation family where I was for about 6 months.  But the news that hit me the most was that of Chris Okocha of Thotline Concepts, a friend and business associate.  Someone I saw just 2 weeks before the awful accident...

Saturday, June 2, 2012

WHAT a busy month @ Martwayne! Phew!!!



Wow!  It feels like forever since I've been on this blog!  I apologise for going AWOL on you all and it really is encouraging that I'm still getting hits on my blog despite being away for over a week. :-D Many, many MANY THANKS!!!

Great!  So where have we been?!  We have had courses back to back all in the month of May.  And this snapshot is not all we have been up to.  But I am thankful that we launched various courses, ended some, had reruns of some and well 2 days into the new month and I sit back and thank God that yet again we have had a fruitful month.

SO here's just a brief summary of what we have done this past month.  I'll post pictures of the different courses shortly.... i.e. if my internet connection behaves.