Are you are a fashion designer, student or fashion business who has set up your fashion business sourcing and/or producing in Africa and interested in sustainability and ethical business practice? Then you will not want to miss this conference for the opportunity to listen to the best industry leaders in African fashion in London, together in one place.
The evening event will take place on Wednesday 26th February and will consist of a panel discussion with international industry leaders entitled Fashion Africa 2014. This yearly conference acts as a means to discuss and promote the full supply chain of African Fashion Design, Textiles, and Manufacturing and thus communicate this to a larger, global audience.
Fashion Africa Conferences are vehicles to create a social forum for all those attending to talk openly and share ideas, information and expertise, to raise awareness and elevate the perception of fashion design from the African continent and gives design entrepreneurs the relevant tips, strategies, tools and resources to successfully prepare, build and grow your own African focused fashion business based on sustainable design practices and ethical working conditions.
The conference will include 2 panel discussions with contribution from fashion professionals and industry experts who will discuss and debate on the topics of: Ethical. Fashion. Africa. Themes will include:
1) Sustainable Fashion Made in Africa
Sourcing cotton and local fabrics, Fairtrade issues, local production, artisans. AFG African Cotton Campaign. How important is African craft to the luxury market and Africa’s fashion industry? What is the future of global textiles and Africa’s part it in? and more...
2) The Future of African Fashion
The importance of Fashion shows, media, press and marketing to bring light to African fashion into the global fashion industry. Is it just a fad? Does African fashion get enough positive recognition? The importance of retail – selling and making available African fashion and international retailers in Africa.
This must attend event will include guests from press, brands as well as industry influencers and insiders who all have a mutual interest, involvement and focus to elevate African textile trade, fashion design and production. This event is for those who want to be part of the wider solution in raising Africa as a leader not a follower in quality design and production.
Line up of panelists include:
- Annegret Affolderbach of Choolips
- Daphne Kasambala of Sapelle Online Boutique
- Helen Jennings of Arise and Kisua Online Store
- Lisel Truscott of Textile Exchange
- Mark Stephenson of Sandstorm Kenya
- Paola Masperi of Mayamiko
- Prama Bhardwaj of Sunflag/Mantisworld
- SInem Bilen-Onabanjo of FAB Magazine
- Tamsin Lejeune of Ethical Fashion Forum
- Terence Sambo of One Nigerian Boy
Africa Fashion Guide's founding director - Jacqueline Shaw will be presenting the relaunch of her coffee table book ‘Fashion Africa’ at the conference.
Other merchandise will include tee-shirts from the African Fashion Guide African Cotton Campaign which will be available to view and order on the day. There is the opportunity to purchase these tees in advance along with your conference ticket - see ticket options for details of colours available.