The pandemic has severely impacted on everything we do and how we interact and the fashion and style world is not immune.
Fashion and style enthusiast Candi Acosta of Sweet LinkTT and Nakita Henry of PatrioticTT have joined forces to not only celebrate local fashion with a virtual pop-up. The event, which took place at Meiling’s 6Carlos, home to a bevy of local fashion labels, allowing enthusiasts to get a sneak peek into some of the top brands without having to leave home.
The virtual pop-up is part of the #LocalWeLiveTour. The idea for the tour was a result of a brainstorm session with Nakita Henry of PatrioticTT. She’d focus on the cultural aspects and I centre on local fashion and entrepreneurship.
“We all wear clothing and therefore partake in fashion whether we realise it or not. Style is the personal flair you add to what you wear. You can’t buy that.
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For our 𝟏𝐬𝐭 𝐨𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐅𝐚𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐩 on the #𝐋𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐥𝗪𝐞𝐋𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐓𝐨𝐮𝐫, we headed straight for Trinbagonian fashion royalty – 𝐌𝐞𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 and her fashion haven, 6Carlos. 𝟔𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐨𝐬 is also home to a bevy of many 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬 and can easily be found at #6 Carlos Street, Woodbrook. Playing dress up was inevitable so peep the breakdown of 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢’𝐬 𝐟𝐢𝐭𝐬 including some of the 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐥𝐚𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐬 featured in house: 𝐋𝐞𝐰𝐤 𝟏: 𝘔𝘦𝘦𝘵 & 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘵 𝘬𝘪𝘵 🤩🌟 Black & white romper @meilinginc Earrings & statement ring by @metahtt Wire wrapped rings by @sanianitos Mask by @anthonyreidformeilinginc 𝐋𝐞𝐰𝐤 𝟐: 𝘚𝘶𝘯𝘯𝘺 𝘴𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴 👗🕶️ Mustard Turban by @thekingzdaughter Dress by @meilinginc Market Bag by @lendandborough Devi cat-eye shades by @sanianitos 𝐋𝐞𝐰𝐤 𝟑: 𝘛𝘰-𝘋𝘰 𝘓𝘪𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘴𝘵𝘺𝘭𝘦📝👜 Cropped shirt and comfy shorts by @meilinginc Black waist bag by @lendandborough Earrings by @rrossjewellery 𝐋𝐞𝐰𝐤 𝟒: 𝘍𝘭𝘪𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘴𝘵𝘺𝘭𝘦 😉💃🏿 Halter detailed dress by @Meilinginc Rori Belt by @sew_lisa Drop earrings by @metahtt 𝐋𝐞𝐰𝐤 𝟓: 𝘛𝘦𝘢𝘮 𝘖𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘥𝘰 – 𝘙𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘢𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘪 𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘨𝘺💅🏾🧖🏾♀️ Infinity headwear by @thekingzdaughter New Kite dress by @meilinginc Acrylic earrings & Devi shades by @sanianitos Fashion shouldn’t be out of anyone’s reach especially when we are so blessed to have these 𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐬 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 in our community 🇹🇹💫 and with social media, that community is made even that much tighter. 𝐃𝐌 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐩𝐢𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐀𝐒𝐀𝐏.🤳🏾🛍️ Yesssss there’s 𝐝𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐚𝐯𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 (𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐭𝐨𝐨!)🚢✈️🌍 𝐅𝐎𝐋𝐋𝐎𝗪 these 𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬 found at 6Carlos Jewellery & Accessories: @cre8tivechild @metahtt @rrossjewellery @sanianitos @weepalstt @willowandoak_ Clothing: @anthonyreidformeiling Candles: @ruupaboutique #ShoppeLocal #LocalWeLive 🇹🇹🙌❤️ @meilinginc
“I wanted to erase the idea that fashion is an exclusive sector in Trinidad and Tobago.”Candi Acosta
“Considering that pop-ups are generally on a time out I decided to pop into fashion spots and designer spaces to get the scoop and sweet offerings from them during the pandemic. National Patriotism Month was the catalyst and then we decided to carve out OUR space in the mix.”