At the crossroads of Europe and Asia, a traditional platform for commercial exchanges between the two continents, a historic center of luxury and refinement, and today, one of the leading textile producers in the world, Turkey holds a clear place in the world of fashion. If Istanbul is not part of the “Big Four”, Paris, London, Milan and New York, the style capitals owe it a lot. It must be recognized, however, that for various reasons, Turkish fashion has been slow to emerge and still remains, in some ways, closed off to the outside. A late bloomer, the creative Turkish scene that started to develop in the 1990s has experienced an extraordinary flowering in recent years.
Following on from Colombia, Turkey will be in the spotlight as Guest Country in the 2022 edition of the Fashion Trust Arabia Prize.
The Colombian experience
Last October, in Doha, on the eve of the 2021 FTA Prize ceremony, the four Colombian finalists spoke to Pulse about their hopes and ambitions. “I have a dream of making Colombian women believe in the power of their hands to touch souls,” said Juanita García, the founder of Priah. “We have so much to say, and more than that, we want to show our Colombian roots, artisanal crafts, and the talent people have,” said Alejandro González and Andrés Restrepo of the Alado label. “I’ll keep working to continue empowering the minority groups I work with, I’ll re-invest in the company to continue expanding in a conscious, circular and transparent way,” Laura Laurens promised herself. “If I win, I would try to keep on inspiring new generations of artisans in Colombia. I’ve noticed that almost 90% of practicing artisans are elderly or of an advanced age” underlined the winner Agustín Nicolás Rivero, the founder of A New Cross, highlighting the need to ensure that skills are passed on.