I (Flick) visited Cambodia in July for two weeks and caught up with partners. It’s the first visit back since Flying Fox Fabrics was launched but we have been doing business with them since 2013 so they are old friends and very keen to chat about the new venture. Previous visits had always been rushed as I had to race back to managing an art centre, however, this time we really had time to chat and visit the workshops and document the stories of some of the artisans. A big part of the motivation to start Flying Fox Fabrics was to support the Cambodian makers so it was deeply satisfying to spend time with them and hear and see firsthand how working for social enterprises made them economically independent and also gave them dignity. I will be sharing those stories, photos and videos in coming weeks and months.
As luck would have it we arrived in time for Phnom Penh Designers Week #ppdw – an annual event focusing on contemporary fashion and clothing. The week culminated in two catwalk shows on August 3rd: Menswear and Womenwear and we were gifted tickets by A.N.D. who were presenting their collection ‘The Birds and the Bees and the Flowers and the Trees’. The venue was the outrageously swanky Rosewood Hotel in the very distinctive Vattanac building. Their function rooms were on the 36th floor. The building opened in 2013 and, funnily enough, I’d watched it being built from the back of a motorbike traveling to and from Tuol Kork each day to work for two years. My next post will be about Designers Week.