Fashion Commission, Chalhoub Group deal to uplift Saudi fashion industry

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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The Saudi Fashion Commission has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chalhoub Group to explore opportunities and enhance cooperation between the two parties.

The agreement was signed in the presence of Vice Minister of Culture Mr. Hamed bin Mohammed Fayez, who is also Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Fashion Commission, CEO of the Fashion Commission Mr. Burak Cakmak, and Managing Director at Chalhoub Group in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mr. Bachar Sabbagh.

The MoU sets out a framework for the formation of leadership roles to increase nationalization in the fashion retail sector, securing commercial spaces for the display of work by Saudi designers, and providing training courses in the field of fashion, in addition to knowledge exchange of market studies, contributing to the development of work done by both parties.

Burak Cakmak
Burak Cakmak
Fashion Commission

“The Chalhoub Group has been the leading partner for the finest international brands in the Middle East since 1955 and is one of the companies specialized in studies and reports on the consumer and the local market. Through this agreement, we will cooperate with the Chalhoub Group to provide information on the Saudi market to put it in the hands of interested and stakeholders to build projects based on reliable numbers to enhance and develop their business, stressing that the commission works hand in hand with private sector organizations to benefit the fashion sector at various levels and directions.”

The agreement is in line with the Fashion Commission’s objectives of enhancing collaboration within the fashion industry and actively promoting partnerships with institutions, entities, and individuals around the world in order to empower and boost investment in the Saudi fashion industry, develop its talent, and promote the Kingdom’s fashion culture locally and internationally.

Mr. Patrick Chalhoub, President of Chalhoub Group said that “We are proud to see our fruitful collaboration with the Ministry of Culture expanding through the signing of this MoU. This partnership further reiterates our commitment to play a role in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and drive forward the luxury retail sector by supporting local employment, and homegrown talent and generating insights on the market and consumer. We believe that through concerted collective efforts we can play a larger role in the local communities and make a difference.”

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