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Monday 4th of March 2024

Nairobi, Kenya

Luxury Designer Michael Kors Shop Launches In Kenya At Sarit Centre, Westlands

High-end clothing retailer Michael Kors debuts a location in Kenya in the Sarit Centre in Westlands.
Now established in Westlands at Sarit Center Shopping Mall, the first Michael Kors store in Kenya was carefully invited only for the store’s opening.
At the grand inauguration of a premium store boasting an exclusive Michael Kors line, enter a world of luxury and flair.
Improve your look and join us as we celebrate the pinnacle of elegance.

The whole line of Michael Kors accessories, including watches, jewelry, handbags, footwear, and eyewear, as well as the brand’s signature perfumes, are all available at the Sarit Center store.
Purchase upscale Michael Kors goods without worrying about authenticity.
According to a representative of the luxury designer business, Kenyans now have the opportunity to purchase high-end goods without having to worry about their legitimacy.

Kenya now boasts a Michael Kors store offering high-end designer clothing, shoes, handbags, and accessories.
Fashion fans experienced high fashion at the store that debuted in the Sarit Centre in Westlands on Friday, September 29.
With the arrival of Michael Kors in Kenya, you can now purchase bags, shoes, and watches.
We also have plans to introduce MK scarves, sunglasses, and perfumes.
As said by Tabitha Mwende, expect the best customer service and high-quality goods.
“We have a problem in Africa where when a high fashion brand comes into the country it’s a knockoff, but now Kenyans can be sure to get Original quality, it’s the same quality you’ll get in Dubai, USA, and other major markets,” the statement reads. And she said.

 

About Michael Kors
Award-winning and well-known designer of high-end ready-to-wear and accessories, Michael Kors. A variety of goods are presently produced by his 1981-founded eponymous firm under the Michael Kors Collection, MICHAEL Michael Kors, and Michael Kors Men’s labels. Accessories, shoes, watches, jewelry, ready-to-wear for men and women, wearable electronics, eyeglasses, and a complete line of scent goods are among these items.

In some of the most famous cities in the world, such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Milan, Paris, Munich, Dubai, Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Rio de Janeiro, Michael Kors boutiques are run either directly or through licensing partners.

While celebrating international occasions and cultures that reflect the diversity, experiences, and viewpoints of people throughout the world, the organization takes great satisfaction in attracting and keeping diverse talent and in offering an inclusive work environment for everyone.

A solitary designer with an intuitive sense of beauty and an unwavering eye for classic style is the driving force behind this rising enterprise. In addition to being recognized for his generosity and receiving multiple awards in the fashion business, Michael Kors has gained the adoration and admiration of millions of people.
He has built an enduring luxury lifestyle empire with a reach across the globe by being wholly committed to a vision of style that is as elegant as it is opulent, as iconic as it is current.

Content Courtesy of NFH Digital Team

Fée Uhssi Presents: The African Fashion & Textiles Experience

A Series Of Workshops Exploring The Rich And Diverse History Of African Fashion.
By Tara Robinson.
The African Fashion & Textiles Experience will be presented by Wandsworth-based artist Fée Uhssi as a part of Wandsworth Council’s Black History 365. A six-monthly series of informative and engaging creative workshops examining African art and textile history will begin in September 2023.

French-Nigerian fashion and textile designer Fée Uhssi also practices art color therapy. Her workshops were developed, hosted, and delivered by Fée as a passion project.
They will delve into African history, artistic methods, the significance of textiles in Afro-Caribbean and African cultures, as well as the development of traditional to contemporary African attire.
They will also look at how modern European fashions were influenced by African textiles and clothing, as well as how fashion and history interact.

Workshops
The first session, which will focus exclusively on fashion history and include an African fashion creation workshop in honor of Fashion Week, will be held on Saturday, September 23.
In honor of National Black History Month, the second session will examine the unique evolution of African textiles over time.
The third session will be devoted to the symbolism found in African textiles as well as the entwined history of textiles and communication stretching from ancient Africa to the Americas and the Caribbean.
Fée will be teaching the traditional African wrapping methods as well as Furoshiki, the traditional Japanese gift-wrapping technique, in the fourth session.

In the fifth workshop, Fée will lead a discussion on color therapy and its African roots, leading attendees on a journey to understand the significance of color and acquire fresh color styling advice.
The last session will be devoted to fashion photography, recognizing the historical contributions of African and Black photographers to the fashion business.

With the encouragement of a small payment, all workshops are free.
You can purchase tickets by visiting the Eventbrite website HERE

Content courtesy Time and Leisure & NFH

The Joy Of African Fashion ‘Made With Love’ Is Introduced To The NYFW Runway By Rosario Dawson And Abrimah Erwiah

You have a front-row ticket to see the designs at Studio 189 thanks to Rosario Dawson and Abrimah Erwiah.
Dawson and Erwiah co-founded and run the sustainable fashion company, which uses African craftspeople. The pioneers organized a festive runway during New York Fashion Week to present what Studio 189 has in store for the Spring/Summer 2024 collection.
But as the co-founders revealed to reporters after the performance, the show incorporated music, dancing, poetry, and the charms of African culture in addition to sending garments down a runway.

The Ahsoka actress described the show’s opening with poet V (formerly known as Eve Ensler) as being “really powerful” when talking to a gathering of reporters, which included PEOPLE.
She responds, “No, I want a billion, and I want to dance with you. When we are always in pain, I want us to demonstrate what we are missing. when we fail to address suffering and choose to ignore it. But we may use that anguish to our advantage. When V requested that everyone in the room “up” and dance during Studio 189’s performance, Dawson replied, “And look at the joy that we have in us.

The Haunted Mansion performers stated that they watched footage from the Congo before deciding what they wanted to convey on stage.
We also want to be able to bring Africa here, said Erwiah, adding that this is a very essential factor.

Dawson said that each Studio 189 product is always “made with love.”
According to the co-founder, their business always finds a way to honor the culture.
“There is a lot of dancing as soon as you enter our factory. No matter what the people are going through,” Erwiah added. The same was true throughout the presentation as models danced down the runway at Gallery at Spring Studios in New York.

“We want the spirit of joy, of dancing, of love to come across,” Erwiah said, describing the “big energy and big movements and all of that in the hands.”
It’s amazing what we can do with our hands, Dawson added, in agreement with her Studio 189 business partner. Therefore, we merely wanted to honor that, together with that creativity’s potential. We literally hold the power in our hands.

There were a lot of recognizable faces at the NYFW event.
At the performance, Jonathan Scott and Zooey Deschanel were spotted donning identical purple Studio 189 outfits. The recently engaged couple held hands throughout the performance and grinned.

“We said that fashion can be a social change,” Erwiah added. “I can see how what we did has had an effect.”
Africa-made Studio 189 has taken home the prestigious CFDA Lexus Fashion Initiative for Sustainability award.

Additionally, the company has teamed with businesses including EDUN (LVMH), Yoox Net-a-Porter, and the United Nations ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative to encourage education and skill development while also fostering job growth.

They operate online as well as in Accra, Ghana, and New York.

Content courtesy of People & NFH

The Asian Retailer Shein Outperforms Amazon and Walmart in South Africa

Johannesburg: Shein is the most popular shopping app on the Google Play market in South Africa. And it’s not even really trying.
During the Covid-19 outbreak, the fast-fashion company from Singapore opened in the nation at the foot of the continent. It is now growing through word-of-mouth and by providing discounts to first-time customers.

Local retailers are alarmed by it already, and regulators are looking into whether it exploits import tax loopholes while delivering packages to customers.
Taahira Khumalo, a 24-year-old Johannesburg receptionist, claimed that she now purchases all of her clothing online and that Shein is a business she frequently patronizes due to its affordable rates, trendy clothing, and quick shipping.

Shein offers excellent savings, and I don’t have to wait long for my packages to arrive.
Since the pandemic, technology has advanced, and I can purchase it in the comfort of my house right now.
Shein, a Chinese company, is competing with US goliaths Walmart Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. for a piece of the emerging eCommerce industry in the most developed nation in Africa.

Walmart has made an effort to win over locals the conventional way, investing in the domestic retail company Massmart Holdings Ltd more than ten years ago in an expensive venture that hasn’t met expectations thus far.

Amazon is anticipated to begin offering e-commerce delivery services in South Africa in the upcoming months.

The company has been offering web services to the nation of around 60 million people since 2004.
Many retailers are aware that they would eventually need to find out how to make Africa work for them because of the continent’s constantly expanding populace but less formal retail and even less Internet purchasing. South Africa is the most logical location to start.

Anthony Thunström, CEO of The Foschini Group Ltd, a local company that owns Jet, a budget apparel chain, asserted that “Amazon and Shein are going to accelerate online shopping in South Africa beyond recognition.”
Since South Africa has been particularly reluctant to adopt online or digital buying, I believe there is a benefit to competition.

More people live in densely populated urban areas in South Africa than in most other countries in the region, the middle class is expanding, and nearly three-quarters of the population has access to the Internet.
There are potential fortunes to be won because only 4% of retail in the nation is eCommerce.

However, Walmart hasn’t actually benefited from being the first to market. The US company initially invested in Massmart, which offers tinned food along with clothing, refrigerators, and washing machines, with plans to expand by opening stores throughout Africa.
However, poor infrastructure and a lack of decent real estate have made that idea less realistic.

Instead, it has concentrated on increasing South African online sales over the past three years and deployed Sylvester John, one of its eCommerce gurus, to Johannesburg in order to establish Massmart as the leading general merchandise website in South Africa with same-day fulfillment.

Content courtesy of Bloomberg & NFH

African Designers May Access Circular Tools Thanks to an Open-source Platform Roundabout.

The inventor of Roundabout, Zara Odu, recognized the need for new tools to support sustainable growth among African designers.
What does it mean to develop a trustworthy product and to conduct responsible design work from beginning to end? In regards to the future of the fashion business as a sustainable and circular one, Zara Odu has been looking for an answer to this query for more than 15 years. She used this as motivation to start the Designers Consociate, a consulting firm that encourages ethical manufacturing practices among African fashion firms.

Odu came to the realization that what was actually needed was a means to get resources into the hands of more people in the field after working for the company for more than six years and speaking with experts and influential voices in the industry.

Odu created Roundabout, a virtual gathering place and toolkit for designers and entrepreneurs to learn and share information on how to apply circular design principles to their work, from the point of sourcing materials to the finished product, with a greater awareness that finding long-lasting solutions is frequently a collaborative effort.
Her objective is to build sustainable solutions for the entire supply chain of the fashion industry, focusing on African fashion designers.
African companies frequently employ small-scale production and other time-honored design techniques, maintaining the aspect of sustainability embedded in them.
Odu, however, contends that there is still potential for creativity and a need to emphasize the intrinsic worth of traditional methods, despite the notion that fashion on the continent is inherently ethical.

“Many brands are now designing for a global audience, which means that they may be adopting a lot of practices that are not necessarily sustainable,” she says, citing examples such as brands choosing polyester as a more affordable alternative to cotton threads or using synthetic dyes in place of natural ones.
We want to assist brands in planning ahead and developing better designs using materials of the highest caliber that customers can rely on.

A cultural focus is emphasized while promoting innovative initiatives, from brand collaborations to commercial innovations that support advocacy.
Since its founding, the company has expanded beyond providing educational opportunities to produce textiles and giving partner firms the ability to reintroduce antiquated materials into their manufacturing processes.

“I’ve always been considering very carefully how brands might expand locally and do this sustainably,” she says. “Although I wasn’t articulating it in today’s terms.
“I felt that there was a disconnect between what most of the brands I was working with already understood about sustainable fashion and how to put it into practice,” she said. Putting circular ideals into effect is difficult in situations like these, where there is little availability of long-lasting materials and a heavy reliance on imported resources, forcing firms to settle for inferior alternatives.
While Designers Consociate focuses on one-on-one collaboration with designers, Roundabout establishes a setting where designers and industry professionals can meet, engage in deeper discussions about sustainability, and look at innovative methods to put it into practice.

The founder of Iamisigo, Bubu Ogisi, goes in-depth on responsible material sourcing in his dissertation. Designers Frances van Hasselt and Leandi Mulder’s dissertation explores innovative circular design with African mohair, and the Bukomansimbi Organic Tree Farmers Association examines a 700-year-old regenerative textile production process.
In order to improve access to pertinent information and tools that businesses can employ in their creative process, we are developing an ecosystem, according to Odu. The goal is to offer brands the vision they need to create sustainably while also creating possibilities for cooperation and partnership focused on finding solutions.

While practitioners and academics have access to publications and resources, Yegwa Ukpo, the director of the sustainable design firm Newtype, claims that there are still only a limited amount of sources available to designers, enthusiasts, and the general public.
People will find it simpler to relate to these abstract ideas, like circular fashion and sustainability, the more tales we give in our content, the author claims.
To present the broadest perspective possible, it is necessary to consider multiple viewpoints, not simply those within the fashion industry.
Odu’s concentration is mostly on working with African firms, but she is also collaborating with foreign brands, like Studio Hilo in Berlin, to develop forward-thinking concepts for yarn development and textile innovation.

The portal also houses The Zero Waste Online Collective, which unites teams from Scotland and the Netherlands to make zero-waste education, information, and tools accessible to everyone.
According to Odu, “the majority of the African brands we work with are either producing or designing internationally.” “The international partners we’re working with also understand how much their work can influence what we’re doing, and how they can get more brands to adopt circular practices by pulling resources together and learning from one another.”

Currently, there are strong expectations for the fashion sector to implement ecologically responsible methods. The significance of platforms like Roundabout becomes increasingly clear as there is room for African fashion to be better prepared for sustainable production when it comes time to scale.

According to Newtype’s Ukpo, “the average fashion consumer is getting more knowledgeable and aware of the issues around sustainability that fashion is directly related to.” The need for resources is greater than ever as a result, and designers are increasingly motivated to create more sustainable clothing.
The definition of sustainable fashion in the context of fashion in the Global South differs significantly from that in the Global North, making it a complex topic.

The fusion of these various frames of view is Odu’s goal for the foreseeable future as Roundabout was made public in June.
Currently, the project is being implemented in stages, with the first stage being an educational one featuring the opinions of over 60 designers and sustainability specialists.

To close the knowledge gap in the industry, these tools are available for the first year entirely free of charge.

The site will eventually provide premium memberships and expert-led classes to gain access to specified areas.
In December, a retail component will be unveiled in which a number of firms featured on the website produce a line of goods that personify the ideals of the Roundabout community.
We’ll keep looking at both established and up-and-coming individuals who are making a difference in the world and figuring out how to tell their story, she says. “New brands, products, and innovators are also a focus of ours.”

Content courtesy of Vouge Business & NFH

According to a New Report From Ananse.com, Digital Innovation is What’s Fueling the Growth of the African Fashion Industry.

Johannesburg, South Africa; Lagos, Nigeria – July 21, 2023
Africa may become a worldwide exporter of goods for the fashion and creative industries and act as a role model for inclusive growth with more focused investments. According to a recent study on the transformative impact of digital innovation in fostering the expansion of the African fashion sector, this is the case.
Together with the research company Botho Emerging Markets Group, the Mastercard Foundation, and the African Development Bank’s Fashionomics initiative, Ananse.com, an innovative startup e-commerce platform that connects African designers with domestic and international consumers, co-authored the study.

Today, the international fashion business intelligence platform The Business of Fashion Live launched a white paper titled “Unleashing the Commercial Potential of African Creatives Through Digital Technology” that offers helpful insights into the state of the African creative sector and the potential of digital technology.

Digital innovation has had a revolutionary role in propelling the expansion of the African fashion sector.
The importance of user-friendly digital platforms designed specifically for micro, small, and medium-sized businesses is emphasized in the research, which makes it easier for them to access international markets. In order to increase the success of African fashion creatives, it emphasizes the necessity for digital and marketing training as well as aid in securing and delivering significant orders.

Key findings from the report include:
• The African creative sector represents a vibrant and untapped market with significant economic
potential.
• Digital innovation is creating unprecedented opportunities for African fashion creatives,
enabling them to reach global audiences and achieve commercial success.
• Investment in skills development, e-commerce infrastructure, and policy support is crucial to
unlocking the full potential of African creatives.
• Collaborative efforts among stakeholders, including governments, private sector entities, and
development organizations, are essential for fostering a thriving creative ecosystem.

In order to help public, commercial, and development sector players create solutions that allow small and micro fashion firms in Africa to expand, the goal of this research was to comprehend and describe the African fashion sector and the profile of the African fashion entrepreneur.
Sam Mensah, the founder of Ananse.com and a Ghanaian who previously worked in Silicon Valley, urged stakeholders to invest in the policies and infrastructure needed to support the success of fashion creatives on the continent.
“It calls upon stakeholders to harness the enormous potential of digital innovation,” Mensah said.

The study used a hybrid research methodology that combined primary and secondary sources. A thorough 43-question poll with a mix of qualitative and quantitative questions was used for the primary research, with respondents from respondents in 46 nations selecting Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa as the top three.

One of the top three nations.
Gender inequality in African creative businesses is another topic covered in the White Paper.
The survey indicated that although women are overrepresented in the creative industries, their low incomes have a disproportionately negative impact on them; only 32% of female entrepreneurs make more than $500 in monthly sales, compared to 42% of men.

Women are also less adept at using digital technology and utilize e-commerce and digital payments less frequently than men do. In fact, women are 31% less likely than men to have an e-commerce website. It highlights the value of tailored policies and tactics.

that address the unique issues faced by female-owned creative firms and help women-led small and medium-sized businesses. Policymakers are advised to increase the number of programs for vocational training that address the lack of business, technology, and marketing expertise among African fashion entrepreneurs, particularly among women. With these measures, innovative small and micro businesses will be better equipped to gain from the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.

For the benefit of the creative economy in Africa and around the world, improved policy coordination and cooperative investments by public, private, and development sector organizations have the potential to spark new value chains.

Download your free copy of the White Paper Here.

About Ananse
Ananse is a new e-commerce platform that enables customers from across the globe to purchase products from fashion designers, artists, and artisans located all over the African continent.
The company’s training, end-to-end payment, and logistics solution offer creative entrepreneurs in Africa a beneficial plug-and-play e-commerce service, enabling them to trade internationally and expand their businesses.

About the Mastercard Foundation
One of the biggest foundations in the world and a Canadian organization, The Mastercard Foundation, aims to promote financial inclusion and education.
It collaborates with forward-thinking businesses to make young people in Canada’s Indigenous communities and in Africa access to respectable jobs.
When Mastercard went public in 2006, it generously donated money to start the Foundation.
The Foundation is a distinct entity from the firm and operates independently. The Board of Directors and management of the Foundation decide on its policies, procedures, and programs.

Nothando Kleinbooi
Communications Consultant
African Communications Group
M: +27 (0) 84 758 5395
T: +27 (0) 10 300 0213
nothando@africancommunicationsgroup.com 

Georgie Ndirangu
Head, Pan-African Program Communications
Mastercard Foundation
M: +254 (0) 724 339 969
gndirangu@mastercardfdn.org

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A New Website Called “Teach Me Fashion” by Maikem Anderson Has Just Been Launched to Elevate African Fashion Through Unique  Designs.

Anderson Maikem, a designer from Cameroon, has truly perfected the art of dressing well.
Having a profound awareness of the transformational potential of clothes, Maikem set out to build his own company, Teach Me Fashion, a few years ago. Teach Me Fashion (TMF), a well-known Cameroonian apparel company, is known for its outstanding designs that give African fashion a new perspective.

The idea that one’s clothing should reflect their cultural history and personal personality is at the heart of Teach Me Fashion’s ideology. No matter where a person is in the globe, the brand’s products, which are all made of pure cotton, serve as a representation of their connection to their country of origin.

This distinctive strategy has captured the attention of fashion aficionados who wish to show their origins and uniqueness through their clothing choices.
What was originally a domestic business in Douala, Cameroon has now broadened its sights to include a global market. Teach Me Fashion has successfully expanded its business into Latvia and now provides delivery services to all countries through dependable partner delivery companies. The company has been able to transcend borders and share its unique fashion vision with people all over the world thanks to its global presence.

For those with a good sense of fashion, Teach Me Fashion is a gold mine for both sexes. The line offers a wide range of items, such as streetwear, tuxedos, jeans, underwear, and joggers in addition to custom suits and combinations.

Teach Me Fashion offers such a large selection of items that it can satisfy the needs of people looking for distinctive, cutting-edge clothing that stands out.
Teach Me Fashion has the ideal attire to suit any situation, whether it’s a formal function, a casual trip, or a laid-back day at home.

Visit Teach Me Fashion’s official website to see for yourself how excellent they are. Get ready to be amazed by the superb craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail in each outfit.
Teach Me Fashion offers a wide selection of exceptional clothing that will up your style game, from expertly made-suits to fashionable streetwear.

Teach Me Fashion is unique because it values authenticity and individual expression. The company recognizes the value of expressing one’s identity via apparel. Teach Me Fashion offers styles for each season of the year to meet a wide range of fashion requirements.
You can rely on Teach Me Fashion to provide designs that capture the essence of each season while showcasing your own individuality, whether it’s summer, winter, spring, or fall.

Beyond only fashion, Teach Me Fashion has an influence. The company is committed to empowering regional communities and promoting environmentally friendly methods.
Teach Me Fashion not only creates outstanding clothing but also supports the expansion and advancement of the fashion industry in Cameroon and elsewhere by obtaining premium materials and working with knowledgeable artisans.

Teach Me Fashion encourages people to embrace their ancestry, express their individuality, and celebrate their sense of style as it continues to create and redefine African design.

Teach Me Fashion offers people the chance to wear clothes that conveys their narrative and ties them to their roots by meticulously crafting each piece of apparel.
Teach Me Fashion introduces a fresh perspective to the world of fashion.

Don’t pass up the chance to participate in this fashion revolution.
Immerse yourself in the extraordinary world of African fashion by visiting the Teach Me Fashion website at https://teachmefashion1.com right away. Unlock a new level of style that speaks to your true identity by learning how to dress to impress at your gatherings and appointments.

Contact Information
Company name: Teach Me Fashion 1
Contact person: Mr. Maikem Anderson
Instagram: Tmf_designs_Maikem_anderson_
Facebook: Teach me fashion
Snapchat: Maikem.Anderson
TikTok: teachmefashion1

Email: Teachmefashion731@gmail.com
Phone# +37126007107
Address: Europe, Latvia, Riga
Website: https://teachmefashion1.com

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The Road To Success: African Creatives Are Reshaping And Redefining The Global Fashion Landscape In Africa Fashion

Africa Fashion The Journey To Success, African Creatives Shaping And Redefining The Global Fashion Landscape.

The red ground and blue-roofed homes are given a lovely glow as dawn breaks through Canchungo. Last winter, while bringing school supplies to the neighborhood kids, the stylist Wilow Diallo came discovered this community in the coastal area of Cacheu, Guinea-Bissau.
In addition to the vibrant color scheme, he was mesmerized by the residents’ unique sense of style and the sight of several generations gathered under the morinda trees.
He determined that this would be the ideal setting for a photo session exhibiting the “talent, innovation, and diverse perspectives of black creatives who are shaping and redefining the global fashion landscape.”

Africa has a population of more than 1.4 billion people, thousands of societies, and more than 2,000 languages; the borders between its 54 countries, as well as everywhere else, can hardly contain its multitudes.
According to Dr. Christine Checinska, the curator of the recent V&A exhibition Africa Design (now on display at the Brooklyn Museum through October this year), “The beauty of African fashion is that it is as varied as the continent itself.” “The aesthetic vocabulary of people is varied.

Global Africans have a respect for the skill that goes into creating a garment, print, or piece of weaving that has perhaps been lost in the global north. And there is a collective strength among designers, as they desire to enlist others in their quest for success.

The ways that black creatives incorporate African customs into their work particularly affect Diallo, who was reared in Senegal and now resides in Paris. He mentions the Cameroonian dancer and fashion designer Imane Ayissi, who transforms traditional Burkinabe woven fabric Faso Dan Fani into cocktail dresses and Ghanaian Kente fabric into cocoon coats. He cites the Nigerian company Emmy Kasbit, which is well-known for using fabrics from the Igboland region called Akwete, and Lagos Space Programme, winner of this year’s Woolmark Prize, whose collections feature lace and brocade motifs applied to clothing using the resist-dyeing method known as Adire, which has its roots in Yoruba culture.

Diallo, a Senegalese native who now calls Paris home, is particularly struck by the ways in which black artists incorporate African customs into their creations. He mentions the Cameroonian dancer and fashion designer Imane Ayissi, who creates cocoon jackets out of Ghanaian Kente fabric and cocktail dresses out of Faso Dan Fani, a traditional woven fabric from Burkina Faso.
He cites Lagos Space Programme, the winner of this year’s Woolmark Prize, whose collections feature lace and brocade motifs added to clothing using the resist-dye technique known as Adire, which has its roots in Yoruba culture, and the Nigerian brand Emmy Kasbit, which is renowned for its use of Akwete textiles from the Igboland region.

Thebe Magugu of South Africa is another. Magugu has collaborated with Dior on a capsule collection since becoming the first African to receive the LVMH Prize in 2019, and she reinvented a Valentino couture gown for Vogue.
These partnerships have been crucial for visibility. It gives visitors a familiar lens through which to view African fashion, he claims. “Bigger brands are becoming more respected.

The most successful partnerships benefit both parties.
Further explanation is provided by Adama Ndiaye, the Senegalese entrepreneur and creator of Adama Paris who organized Chanel’s Métiers d’art exhibition in Dakar last December.

“When a great luxury brand like Chanel comes to us with open arms asking to collaborate, it says that African fashion is at the top of its game,” she adds of the occasion that honored regional craftsmen and craftspeople.
“It was very successful. Africa is no longer seen as a continent that has to be “helped”; we now own our story and no one else does.
Twenty years ago, Ndiaye left her banking job in Paris to launch both her brand and Dakar Fashion Week. Back then, “nowhere was showcasing African fashion,” she explains. “We invited foreign designers from all over, including Moldova and Brazil, to learn about our culture and establish a platform for their work.

Now that there are so many talented African designers, we only pay attention to their work.
The exponential rise of Sub-Saharan Africa’s flourishing garment and footwear business, which is estimated to be worth $31 billion, is reflected in events like Dakar Fashion Week and Lagos Fashion Week, which debuted a decade ago.
Ndiaye claims that a major obstacle for designers is a lack of funding. She is currently attempting to establish a fund for up-and-coming designers.
In June, the same week that he reopened his worldwide internet store, Johannesburg faced power and water disruptions.
Magugu emphasizes the critical infrastructure changes that need to be implemented.

“The African fashion industry is being truthful about the harsh realities that exist here,” claims Magugu. We are no longer presenting this idealized business of African fashion, which I adore because it means we are dealing with reality.
The African Development Bank has recognized the creative industries, including fashion, as a sector with enormous potential growth as part of its objective to invest in high-growth industries and support women’s economic empowerment. Currently, only 1.9% of the world’s manufacturing takes place in Africa.

Although they may not be based in Africa, Diallo wanted to work with fashion designers whose roots provided them with a unique perspective.

When discussing the history of the African diaspora in London, Grace Wales Bonner draws on her Caribbean heritage and her understanding of black culture, while Priya Ahluwalia’s namesake label combines elements from the designer’s dual Indian-Nigerian heritage, as seen in her SS23 Africa is Limitless collection. In honor of Africa, “a vast wonderland of cultural innovation,” as the show notes put it, her research included vintage museum blankets from Tunisia, album covers from Côte d’Ivoire with exquisite Sapeurs and beadwork from Kenya and Rwanda.

Because of its constant emphasis on sustainability and preference for handcrafted or reused materials, like Emmy Kasbit, Ahluwalia shares a bond with African designers. Meanwhile, Diallo, Magugu, and Ndiaye all discuss how clothing is lovingly passed down from generation to generation in their own communities.

“Global African creatives build their collections in a more artistic way and they evolve,” claims Dr. Checinska. They are more thoughtful and not confined by the seasons. Sustainability is the starting point for many of them.

Focus is placed on people, resources, skills, and ultimately the earth, which promotes more ethical consumption.
She comes to the conclusion that the desire to build a sustainable fashion environment, as well as how they demand and exercise agency, are what truly unify African fashion creatives.

Milanca Figuereido, Angel Da Silva, Mari Seide, and Valentina Gomes are models.
Braima Djata is casting. Tânia Mário Gomes’s hair. Melissa Righi does makeup. Adam Storm, a photographer’s helper.
Assistant to the stylist, Jordan Renou Rohel. Paris, SW Studio for production

Content Courtesy of  Financial Times  FT & NFH

 

 

 

East Africa Textile And Leather Week (EATLW) 2023 Accelerating East Africa’s Sustainability In The Textile And Leather Industries

Nairobi, Kenya, Sarit Expo Center, Wed., June 28th–Fri., June 30th
With a projected market value of $31 billion in 2020, the fashion and textile business is Africa’s second-largest industry after agriculture. Growing annually, it has the capacity to produce millions of jobs across the continent, particularly for women and young people.
The eagerly awaited EAST AFRICA TEXTILE AND LEATHER WEEK (EATLW) 2023 edition is the most prestigious gathering venue for the home textile, leather accessories, and footwear sectors and is ready to revolutionize the East African textile industry.

Leading African and international decision-makers from all points along the fashion value chain will gather in June to assess upcoming trends and costs.

Key industry players and thought leaders are brought together by EATLW to have in-depth conversations, look into business opportunities, and see the incredible potential of the garment manufacturing industry in East Africa.

with an emphasis on innovation, craftsmanship, and sustainability. Three thousand five hundred wholesalers, retailers, chains, manufacturers, and dealers from East and Central Africa will attend the event along with 150 exhibitors from East Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

Carvico Ethiopia Plc, Leather Masters Kenya, Starsewing Dubai, Desta Plc, and Josef Seibel are a few notable exhibitors. The three-day RUNWAY KENYA ready-to-wear fashion show will include clothing and accessory designers from all over East Africa, hosted by Couture Africa Magazine in partnership with Ajuma Limited.

The Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Industry, EPZA, The Leather Apex Society of Kenya, Ubunifu Association, Women in Business, and Fashion Agenda Africa are a few other significant partners.

The CEO of Trade & Fairs Consulting GmbH, Mr. Skander Negasi, said, “We are delighted to host East Africa Textile and Leather Week, a platform that highlights the rich tradition, craftsmanship, and tremendous promise of the East African textile and leather sector.
“EATLW is more than just a conference; it serves as a catalyst for the industry’s development, cooperation, and advancement. We cordially encourage all interested parties, international investors, and fashion fans to join us on this remarkable adventure.

Sarit Expo Center, Main Hall / Nairobi, Kenya
Daily 10.00 am – 6.00 pm EATLW Exhibition
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CONFERENCE PLAN
DAY 1 28th June 2023
9.00 am – 10.30 am Registration
11.00 am-noon Inauguration and opening ceremony
Principal Secretary, Department of Industry
Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry
Exports Processing Zones Authority (EPZA)
1.00 pm – 2.00 pm LUNCH BREAK
2.00 pm – 2.45 pm A critical analysis of government policies and initiatives; Agenda to boost production and create employment in the leather and textile industries in the region
Speakers: EPZA
Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry
3.00 pm – 4.00 pm BRAND IDENTITY AND SOURCING SME Dialog session: Establishing a brand name that speaks
to the market to enable scaling and enhancing the taking of large orders for international markets
Speakers: KENIVEST
Moderator: Ms. Grace Mbugua, CEO of Jeilo Collections and Chairperson, Ubunifu Association
5.00 pm – 6.00 pm Fashion Show
Runway Kenya by Couture Africa

 

CONFERENCE PLAN
DAY 2 29th June 2023
9.00 am – 10.00 am Registration
10.30 am – 11.15 am Women‘s economic empowerment in the textile, apparel, and leather industries: Strategies for
promoting gender equality and empowerment in the industry
Speakers: Women in Business
Caroline Ngumba – Program Manager Sustainable Manufacturing – Textiles & Apparel (IDH)
Catherine Ndungu – CE0, Design 365 / Ubunifu Association
11.30 am – 12.45 pm PRESENTATION Combating counterfeits in East Africa: A comprehensive approach to
enhancing local sourcing in the textile and apparel industry
Speakers: Anti-Counterfeit Authority EPZA
1.00 pm – 2.00 pm LUNCH BREAK
2.00 pm – 2.30 pm Opportunities in the leather, textile, and apparel industry: Financing and investment prospects for industry growth
Speakers: KenInvest KEPSA
2.45 pm – 3.30 pm The rise of African fashion: Sustainable textiles pioneers from East and Central Africa region
Speakers: Ms. Akinyi Odongo, OGW – President & Founder, Fashion Agenda Africa (FAA)
Ms. Aulgah Nato – International Multi Award Winning Fashion Designer
Moderator: Ms. Connie Aluoch – Award-Winning Stylist, Connie Aluoch Styling Management
3.45 pm – 4.20 pm Protecting intellectual property in the Textile and apparel industry: Strategies for
safeguarding designs, trademarks, and patents
Presentation: KIPI
4.20 pm – 5.00 pm Fashioning sustainability in design-led businesses: Systems for sustainability and the role of
diversity and Inclusivity in shaping wearable design
Speaker: EPZA
David Avido, Kibera Fashion Week
Olive Gachara
5.00 pm – 6.00 pm Fashion Show
Runway Kenya by Couture Africa

 

CONFERENCE PLAN
DAY 3 30th June 2023
9.00 am – 10.00 am Registration
10.30 am – 11.15 am Leveraging government support and exploring new markets to promote growth and
competitiveness in the East African leather sector
Speakers: Leather Apex Society of Kenya
Ministry of Livestock
11.30 am – 12.45 pm PRESENTATION Strategies towards overcoming challenges such as high investment costs
and the need for incentives to attract investment in the leather industry
Speaker: Leather Apex Society of Kenya
1.00 pm – 2.00 pm LUNCH BREAK
2.00 pm – 2.45 pm Panel Discussion by Couture Africa
3.00 pm – 5.00 pm Fashion Show Mega Final
Runway Kenya by Couture Africa

Kenya’s Textile And Apparel Sector
The nation’s current textile and clothing businesses create a wide range of goods.
While integrated mills provide a wide range of goods such as yarn, fabrics (knitted and woven), canvas, school and travel bags, blankets, sweaters, shawls, uniforms, towels, baby diapers, and knitted clothing, spinning enterprises generate yarn (including industrial) and sewing thread. On the other hand, garment producers provide a variety of clothing for both the domestic market and export.
Men’s apparel is produced by about 46% of the garment factories, while the remainder makes woven chemise and robes, slacks, Kaunda suits (for men), and knitted, and woven clothing.
Investments in cotton farming, cotton ginning, spinning, weaving, as well as the manufacturing of clothing and other goods, are guaranteed to have ready access to local, regional, and global markets. Kenya offers advantageous production incentives and enticing investment incentives.

Only 15 of Kenya’s 52 textile mills are now in operation, and they only use less than 45% of their total capacity. In Kenya, there are thousands of clothing businesses. There are over 170 middle and big businesses and over 74,000 small and micro businesses.
The Export Processing Zones are home to twenty-one businesses, each of which employs 1,800 people on average.

Content courtesy of Couture Africa, East Africa Textile And Leather Week & NFH

 

 

Africa’s Leading Luxury Concept Store Is Coming to the Brooklyn Museum

The Big Apple will soon be home to one of Africa’s most well-known shopping destinations.

The Brooklyn Museum will become home to Alára, a concept store with over 100 brands from Lagos, from June 23 through October 22. In collaboration with the museum, the upscale shop will debut as a component of the Africa Fashion at the Museum exhibition as a way to introduce New Yorkers to the fashion perspectives of Africa and the diaspora.
The exhibition, which was the biggest display of fashion and style from the continent when it first debuted to the public at the Victoria & Albert Museum in England, will also include some of the Alára brands.

Reni Folawiyo, an entrepreneur and tastemaker, established Alára in 2015.
The word “alára” means “wonderful performer, one who thrills endlessly” in Folawiyo’s native Yoruba language. Since opening, the store has provided the neighborhood with a wide range of initiatives, goods, and events. Today, it is regarded as a cornerstone of Lagos’s vibrant cultural scene, akin to Colette in Paris.
The Earthy Nigerian headquarters of the store, which includes several high-end luxury labels including Marni, Saint Laurent, Linda Farrow, and Comme des Garcons, was created by Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye.
The shop also offers a variety of fashionable products from brands with strong ties to the African diaspora, like Kenneth Ize, Post Imperial, and Thebe Magugu.

Alára frequently organizes performances by Falana and Asa in addition to art shows including the works of artists like Hassan Hajjaj and Peju Layiwola. Even the iconic supermodel Naomi Campbell signed copies of The Art of Beauty there in 2018.

The Brooklyn Museum and Alára have not revealed what kinds of music, fashion, and design will be on display at the upscale retailer’s exhibition shop in New York City. But given its illustrious past and specially conceived Lagos shop floor, it might surpass your expectations.

This David Adjaye-designed lifestyle shop by businessman Reni Folawiyo is exceptional, just like its city of Lagos.
Adjaye states, “I wanted the space to function as something that would function as a new kind of cultural hub and destination for West Africa.” The venue would serve as a celebration of design skills.
With its geometric stamps, bi-chrome palette, and remarkable gravity, the building might appear at home anywhere along the artistic arc from Daikanyama in Tokyo to the Design District in Miami.
These objectives were realized in a spectacular façade and a worldly position.
However, Adjaye took care to ensure that every aspect of Alára’s graphic punch is infused with and supported by distinctively Lagosian characteristics.

The translucent screens gridding the entryway refer to the brises soleils of African modernist buildings, while the geometry of their patterns draws from Yoruban Adire fabrics. It unites the indigenous and contemporary architectural lineages of the city.

Along with local designers like Lanre da Silva Ajayi (wham-bam-glam eveningwear), Maki Oh (cool Brooklyn separates), and Lisa Folawiyo (sportswear), Folawiyo has filled Alára’s interior with international labels like Valentino, Alexander McQueen, and the Italian furniture line Moroso. She has also added a rooftop art gallery.
Adjaye comments on the shopping experience:

“Display platforms divide the area…
Visitors are encouraged to maneuver their way around the stock because of the cavernous interior and the triple-height ceiling volume.
Similar to Lagos, Alára’s main attraction might be precisely that: the thrill of exploration in a stunningly modern shrine to design and forerunner of Africa’s future.

Content courtesy Robb Report & NFH