NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) recently celebrated its New York City-bound alumnus Kevin Evans in grand style.
In the lead-up to his participation in New York Fashion Week (NYFW), the institute presented Evans with a replica of the first-ever BTVI Fashion digital badge and a $2,000 donation during a reception held in his honor.
The digital badge, which will be profiled on Evans’ social media pages, is a sign of lifelong learning and outstanding achievement.
The livestreamed event allowed BTVI administrators, staff, students and supporters across the world to get a look at some of the unique, exclusive styles Evans will showcase in New York City.
BTVI President Dr Robert W Robertson said Evans’ achievement is indictive of the quality of BTVI graduates and the institute’s Fashion Design program.
“Mr Evans has set the bar high, proving to BTVI graduates — particularly those in Fashion — that the world is their oyster,” he said.
“His achievements are admirable and his work is impressive.”
The $2,000 donation presented to Evans to cover NYFW-related airfare and accommodation fees was in honor of renowned Bahamian seamstress, the late Lillian Kathleen Fox.
Carey’s Fabric and Uniform Store General Manager Kim Gibson also presented Evans with a $700 Carey’s Fabric and Uniform Store gift certificate.
An Andros native, Evans expressed thanks and gratitude to BTVI and other supporters for believing in him and his global fashion dreams.
“It is an honor to be here. When I first started, it was tough and I am thankful to those who believed in me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” said an emotional Evans.
Evans graduated from the then Tailoring and Fashion Design Programme at BTVI. Upon completion, he established his own business and has continued to build the KE Collection brand.
To date, he has showcased his work at Los Angeles Fashion Week, Raw Miami Fashion Week and has designed custom boxing apparel for professional boxers from Nigeria and the United States.
More recently, in 2020, Evans was recognized as was one of BTVI’s Distinguished Alumni Awardees.
As Evans continues to push towards his dream of styling for movie productions like those done by Tyler Perry, he will participate in Los Angeles Fashion Week and in March be featured in the international magazine “Anastasia Magazine”, while also being highlighted on a billboard in Times Square, New York City. He has also been featured in the first quarter edition of Bahamasair’s in-flight magazine, “Up and Away”.
Among those at the BTVI alumni reception were former Senate President Sharon Wilson, QC; former BTVI board member Thelma Grimes; BTVI Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr Linda Davis; BTVI Associate Vice President of Fund Development Alicia Thompson; BTVI Chair of Fashion Trades Apryl Burrows; BTVI Media Technology instructor Alexia Coakley; and BTVI Chair of Electronics and Media Technology Delano Archer.
This some good stuff right here. Bahamian’s are doing it big all over the world.