The fashion industry has been defined as a multi-million dollar global enterprise devoted to the business of making and selling clothes. Recognising the industry as a vital tool for regional economic development, fashion is increasingly becoming a revenue earner for the Caribbean, much like the other sectors of the creative industries. One island that is silently making waves across the regional fashion landscape is the Bahamas, and local designer Indira Lashan Moss is enjoying the ride.
After completing her studies at the Unites States-based Savannah College of Art and Design in 2008, Indira returned to the Bahamas with the dream of working in the local fashion and design industry. One year later, she started her company ILashan Apparel & Handmade Jewellery.
“When I first came back home I volunteered for Islands of the World Fashion Week so that I could work closely with the designers on the showcase and maybe find a job”, recounted Indira. “But there weren’t any opportunities for employment, so I decided to go into business for myself.”
At that time, Indira was a relative newcomer to the Bahamian fashion industry, but she was no stranger to fashion itself. Raised by a seamstress, she spent her formative years learning to sew, crochet and embroider among other talents. These gifts, coupled with her love for fabrics and textiles has laid the foundation for an exciting career.
ILashan currently designs resort wear for women, jewelry and handbags. The boutique label has since grown to become one of the leading fashion houses for women of innovative style. “There are plans to diversify and offer a men’s line, but I want the women’s wear to become a bit more established first.”