By MhretG.Kristos

ADDIS ABEBA – The 2019 edition of ‘Bag Show’ will be held at SheratonAddis, from on February 22 to 23, 2019, the organizers announced on Friday.

At least eleven Ethiopian designers – including the main designers of including Afar and Zaaf leather manufacturers – will showcase their newest line of bags in a fashion show entitled ‘The Bag Show’.

The organizers – Sheraton Addis together with Prologue events – said all of the eleven designers will be women.

“I hope it will create a good platform for networking among designers in addition to showcase out designs,” said HirutGuggsa, one of the designers whose work will be on display next week. 

Last year, the event managed to attract over 500 visitors and received a glowing review from them.

Hiruttold The Daily Monitor the increase in admiration could be related to the positive progress in bag design in the country.

“Just five years ago the quality of locally made bags was not up to the standard,” she said. “But now, Ethiopian designers have become competitors at the global level because we are delivering good quality products to the USA, Chains and other European countries”.

The leather industry has shown considerable improvement over the last decade and is currently one of thriving industries in Ethiopia.

Using modern technology allows the east African nation to be globally competitive.

This show too encourages designers to design, create and benefit from the final product versus the raw product, said the organizers.

The designers thanked the organizers for creating the chances to show their talents.

“It is a very good opportunity for local designers to promote for their line of leather-made bags,” one of the designers during press briefing on Friday. 

She said the pop-shop event on February 23 will be good opportunity for buyers as well.

Just like last year, the event will not be a platform for those in the fashion industry to showcase their newest trends, but also be used to raise funds for “Our Father’s Kitchen”.

Our Father’s Kitchen, is a children’s feeding program that runs under Hiwot Integrated Development Association (HIDA), designed to help children, especially orphans and those living with HIV/AIDS. 

Currently the organization has 300 under its care. “One of the aims of this event will be to support these children,” said YasirBagerish, head of Our Father’s Kitchen. “The entire profit made during this event will go on to support them.”(the Daily Monitor )