Robert Kennedy is a fourth generation Fijian of Scottish and Swedish descent. Born in Suva, Robert went on to complete his Secondary School studies in Brisbane, Australia and then studied for a BA in Textile Design at RMIT in Melbourne for three years. The late 90’s saw Robert living in Sydney for several years working for the prestigious furniture and design company Design Warehouse. By the early 2000’s Robert decided that that it was time to return home to Fiji as he saw opportunities to showcase his talents there.
Robert’s start in Fiji saw him designing and printing Masi Artworks that he sold at regular exhibitions Fiji wide. This led to some large commissions for Outrigger on the Lagoon’s Bebe Spa, Castaway Island, Matangi Island and Hideaway Resort. He also honed his Interior Design skills in the refurbishment of Castaway Island, Myola Plantation Villa and the head office for Tappoo Ltd in Sigatoka. The office refurbishment for Tappoo led to what has been a very fruitful collaboration between Robert and one of Fiji’s biggest retailers.
Robert is still consulting to Tappoo and is primarily responsible for the buying and designing of fashion and home ware ranges for their Fiji Market Brand. His fashion designing started with simple Kaftans with bold Tropical Prints on them and has developed and expanded from there. His Robert Kennedy Fiji fashion brand has now been shown at Fiji Fashion Week 2009 – 2015 where he was nominated as Fashion Designer of the year in 2009 and 2010 before winning in 2011. Robert also garnered the Sheree Lipton Excellence in Textiles Award at Fiji Fashion Week 2015. Robert has also shown his collections in Sydney, Brisbane, London and Los Angeles. His collections continue to expand and he has a very loyal fan base in both Fiji and abroad.
Robert lives in Korotogo, Sigatoka.
Business Name: Robert Kennedy Fiji
Products/Services offered: Fashion, Accessories, Homewares, Interior Design and Textile Design.
Business Address: P.O Box 698, Sigatoka, Fiji