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Immigrant, Indigenous fashion designers launch from VFW runway – Welland Tribune

April 6, 2022

Searching for a new life and career, South African immigrant Larainne Kaplan came to Vancouver in 2003 carrying two garbage bags full of clothing samples made by a family charity program near her former home in Cape Town.

“I wanted to pursue having a fashion business with a strong social responsibility component,” said Kaplan, who was transitioning from a 15-year career as a social worker in South Africa.

“And then I met him, and he helped me get my business going,” said Kaplan, pointing to Jamal Abdourahman, the founder of Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW), in an interview with New Canadian Media.

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