FIT answers this question with a forum that speaks about the troubles Caribbean designers have getting stores and how there are still no manufacturing options.
The biggest problem is misconceptions about the area, culture and people. The word for the region could be the biggest problem since it may be causing a synonym effect, i.e. similar cultures and beliefs. The Caribbean in fact is made up of several islands which all have different languages and cultures.
Secondly, the assumption of island life being carefree and subjective to Carnival holidays. This concept makes people think of Caribbean designers as costume makers and not actually designers.
Finally, the region itself is segmented and each island hard to travel to and from. This fact makes a singular fashion difficult.
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