First ever Fashion Month kicks off in OctoberUPDATED 11:25 PM HST Sep 28, 2013Video Transcript
Hawaii's first ever Fashion Month kics off in 3 days. Preparations are underway to create the place where emerging local designers will be given the chance to be discovered. KITV4's Jill Kuramoto reports. 19:40 SO THIS HERE WILL BE THE RAW ARTIST AND POLIN COLLABORATI ON. 19:42 THEY'RE LOOKING FOR THE NEXT HAWAII DESIGNER. 19:44 By Tuesday.. This industrial space at Ward Centers will become the hub of Hawaii Fashion Month. 20:06 AND OFF TO THIS SIDE WE'LL HAVE THE ECO-FASHION CONCEPT SECTION. 20:09 In this event introduced as "Outfit" -- More than 60 designers and artists from across the state under one roof -- all hoping for their big break -- a deal with buyers. 8:03 WE GOT THE BIG ISLAND KOA ON THE FACE. IT DOES TIDE AND MOON PHASE. 8:05 Among them... Brett Gontarek -- whose work with wood gets him lots of praise. He says he's ready to go big. 10:21 WE KINDA WANT TO GET TO THE NEXT LEVEL AND SO THIS IS KINDA OF OUR FIRST SHOT. 10:24 TO REALLY SEE WHERE IT CAN GO. 10:26 An opportunity for Hawaii to finally get recognized for more than just the aloha shirt is what is behind fashion month. 22:52 WE'RE EMBRACING THE FASHION THAT PEOPLE THINK OF HAWAII AS. BUT THERE'S SO MANY UP AND COMING DESIGNERS AND TALENT THAT WE WOULD LOVE FOR THE WORLD TO DISCOVER. 22:59 The state says the fashion industry generates more than 750-million dollars in sales... More than 20-million dollars in tax revenues and 36-hundred jobs. The Governor and other supporters see it becoming a billion dollar industry. 00:53 WHY NOT. BECAUSE NOW IT'S A GLOBAL INTERNATIONA L MARKET. 00:58 00:33 WE SHOULD BE AND WE CAN BE THE LEADER IN FASHION WHEN IT COMES TO RESORT WEAR, SWIM WEAR, SPORTS WEAR. A sentiment so strong, the state has invested 150-thousand dollars to help make fashion month an annual event. Jill Kuramoto, KITV4 News.