Thursday 15th of April 2021

Nairobi, Kenya

With Traditional Fabrics, Nigerian Designers Fashion a New Aesthetic

With Traditional Fabrics, Nigerian Designers Fashion a New Aesthetic

Lagos designer Lisa Folawiyo specializes in a different traditional cloth, the West African wax prints known as Ankara, and her hybrid collection, called Batkara, incorporates Batik designs embellished with needle-work beadings and sequin trimmings. “We have merged what is indigenous to us with what is familiar in the West and we’ve made it ours,”

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Rising label LABRUM Weaves Untold Stories of West Africa into its Clothing

Rising label LABRUM Weaves Untold Stories of West Africa into its Clothing

Working in partnership with Converse, the designer is also attempting to open up the fashion industry to a wider, more diverse demographic. Having first linked up for a creative project and collaborative runway footwear, Dumbaya’s relationship with the legendary label has evolved into something a lot more expansive. As part of Converse’s All-Star program, LABRUM has been able to access mentorship and funding that has allowed Dumbaya to grow its brand and community significantly. 

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The Folklore website is elevating African fashion and helping designers get paid

The Folklore website is elevating African fashion and helping designers get paid

People pay luxury prices because they were told these brands are important. When we’re pricing our goods, it’s really because it costs a lot of money to ship these products from Africa to the U.S. The e-commerce infrastructure has been set up, whether consciously or not, to exclude people like us. If you’re truly committed to diversifying the designers that you work with and fighting for equity and inclusion, you have to make compromises that you ...

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Rwanda to Host Commonwealth Fashion Council 2021 at The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)

Rwanda to Host Commonwealth Fashion Council 2021 at The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)

The CFC is a council of fashion industry leaders from across The Commonwealth, an association of 54 sovereign states headed by Queen Elizabeth II that is home to 2.4 billion people living on six continents. The 26th edition of the biennial CHOGM summit was due to take place last year before being postponed. Members of the Commonwealth Fashion Council such as Omoyemi Akelere, founder of Lagos Fashion Week, Claudia Lumor, the Ghanaian founder of Glitz Africa Magazine and the Glitz Style Awards, ...

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Kenyan Designers and Film Looku Debut at London Fashion Week Virtual Premiere

Kenyan Designers and Film Looku Debut at London Fashion Week Virtual Premiere

The British Council’s Creative DNA programme and emerging creative consultancy Talent Scout came together to create Looku the film. The show was co-directed by Sunny Dolat and Noel Kasyoka, who sought to recreate the creative vibrancy of Nairobi’s street style scene. The screening of Looku was accompanied by three-panel talks on timely topics like fostering creativity during a crisis, reimagining fashion’s capital cities, and the value of more conscious design practices.

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