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2017 Edition – London, UK

THEME: Africa. Fashion’s Future

The African Opportunity

May 25th and 26th at Chelsea Town Hall, London,

9am-6pm

Our Scope: 

This season we will be discussing the Future of the fashion industry in Africa, how it is rising and how the movements in the global fashion industry is being executed in Africa. We will look at the growing interest is in the continent as a market of its own as ‘The African Opportunity’ i

We will continue to join together to share and investigate the growth of the African retail stratosphere, e-commerce, the consumer market and why you should be an early adopter, the actual African market formal versus the informal markets, the culture of African consumers and style, tailor relationship versus fast fashion, the young population and the move from the rural to the city areas, African Fashion Manufacturing, Ethiopia as a hot topic for manufacturing, the secondhand clothing industry, the media industry and the present image of Africa in the press, trends in African fashion on and off the continent and link all these to movements in technology, agriculture, sustainability, communication and more.

Our Strategy: 

The seminar event will act 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 through media.

The event will be centred around the areas of these sub-topics Future Sustainability, Future Manufacturing, Future Retail, Future Trends, Future Supply, Future Innovation, Future Disruption, Future Policy, Future Finance, Future Luxury and more.

Our Social Aims and Objectives: 

‘Fashion Africa’ Conference and Seminars were created to be a catalyst in the industry to help change perceptions of the fashion and textile industry in Africa and to ask those in Africa working in garment design and textile manufacturing what THEY think and need and so aim to keep these discussions ongoing in different locations annually where international industry leaders can connect, do business and initiate change.

The 2017 Fashion Africa Conference will act as a revolutionary vehicle 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 design from the African continent.

Our Solution: 

This event is a must attend event where there will be a mix of press, brands and industry influencers and insiders with a mutual involvement and/or vested interest in elevating African trade, design and production, and who want to be part of the wider solution to raise Africa as a trailblazer in quality design and production.

Fashion Africa Conference 2017 schedule

THURSDAY 25TH MAY

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KEYNOTE SPEECHES


KEYNOTE 1

FUTURE SUPPLY CHAINS

Time: 9.15-9.30AM

Room Location: Small Hall

Speakers:

PRAMA BHARDWAJ – MANTISWORLD

(EVENT SPONSORS)


KEYNOTE 2

FUTURE INNOVATION

Time: 10.45-11.05AM

Room Location: Small Hall

Speakers:

INGE WALLACE – FASHION FOR GOOD / C&A FOUNDATION (SPONSORS)


KEYNOTE 3

FUTURE OF WAXPRINTS

Time: 11.20-11.35AM

Room Location: Small Hall

Speakers:

DAVID BRADLEY – ABC WAX / DAVIVA


KEYNOTE 4

FUTURE TRENDS

Time: 3.45-4.00PM

Room Location: Small Hall

Speakers:

NICOLA COOPER – NICOLA COOPER ASSOCIATES


KEYNOTE 5

FUTURE OF DESIGN

Time: 4.00-4.15PM

Room Location: Small Hall

Speakers:

LADUMA NGXOKOLO – MAXHOSA


KEYNOTE 6

FUTURE PARTNERSHIPS

Time: 5.20-5.35PM

Room Location: Small Hall

Speakers:

BOLA MARQUIS – OKUN BEACHWEAR


KEYNOTE 7

FUTURE LUXURY

Time: 5.40-5.55PM

Room Location: Small Hall

Speakers:

SIMONE CIPRIANI – ETHICAL FASHION INITIATIVE / INTERNATIONAL TRADE CENTRE


 

Intermittent short, bite-size TedX style talks covering manufacture, ethical sourcing, retail shopping market, trends, consumer market, African textiles, African cotton, but all falling under the main topic and conference theme being ‘Africa. Fashion’s Future’.

Each speaker will celebrate the revival happening in Africa and present a speech related to their area within the African fashion and textiles supply chain.

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CONFERENCE PANELS


PANEL 1 – FUTURE SOURCING

Time: 9.35-10.40AM

Room Location: Conference Room – Small Hall

Speakers:

– KEREN PYBUS – ETHICAL APPAREL AFRICA

– HEATHER CHAPLET – XOOMBA

– PAIGE EARLAM – PLEXUS COTTON

– KALKIDAN LEGESSE  – SANCHOS DRESS

MODERATOR – SEMHAR HABTEZION

 


PANEL 2 – FUTURE OF DEVELOPMENT

Time: 3.10-3.45PM

Room Location: Conference Room – Small Hall

Speakers:

– ANNICK GOUBA – ACP-EU

– MARTIN KLUCK – KIPEPEO

– ONYEKACHI WAMBU – AFRICAN FOUNDATION FOR DEVELOPMENT (AFFORD)

MODERATOR – MO TOMANEY – WISE BIRDS NETWORK

 


PANEL 3 – NARRATIVE – DIGITAL DISRUPTORS

Time: 4.20-5.15PM

Room Location: Conference Room – Small Hall

Speakers:

– KUKUA ODOI – AFRICAN PRINTS IN FASHION

– CHAYET CHIENIN- NOTHING BUT THE WAX

 

MODERATOR – SINEM ONABANJO – S2 MEDIA & CO-FOUNDER-FAB MAGAZINE

 


FIRESIDE CHAT – 121 DISCUSSION

Time: 5.55-6.15PM

Room Location: Conference Room – Small Hall

Speakers:

– SIMONE CIPRIANI – ETHICAL FASHION INITIATIVE

 

with – JACQUELINE SHAW – AFRICA FASHION GUIDE

CONFERENCE Media and Retail


 

These panels will look how far Africa has come in order to look forward – focus is on production, sustainability and the African fashion message of value.

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WORKSHOP BREAKOUT SESSIONS


WORKSHOP 1A – FUTURE STYLE & SUBCULTURES

Time: 11.40-12.25AM

Room Location: TBC

Workshop leaders:

– CARMEN HOGG – CARMENAPOLITAN STYLE ANTHROPOLOGIST

– MALIN BUSCK – HI ON LIFE

 


WORKSHOP 1B – FUTURE RETAIL

Time: 11.40-12.25AM

Room Location: TBC

Workshop leaders:

– DAPHNE KASAMBALA – SAPELLE

– AFRICAN SELLERS INITIATIVE TBC

 


WORKSHOP 1C – FUTURE OF PERSONAL BRAND IMAGING

Time: 11.40-12.25AM

Room Location: TBC

Workshop leaders:

– CAROLINE CHINAKWE

– LEIGH ODIMAH



These workshop breakout session will allow smaller groups to gather together and discuss the topics in more detail. Time to share ideas, throw out thoughts and suggestions and gather feedback.

FRIDAY 26TH MAY

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KEYNOTE SPEECHES


KEYNOTE 8

FUTURE RETAIL BUYING

Time: 9.00-9.15AM

Room Location: Small Hall

Speakers:

CLAIRE LYNCH AND VIKKI BRENNAN – PROUDLY MADE IN AFRICA (VALUE ADDED IN AFRICA)

(EVENT SPONSORS)


KEYNOTE 9

FUTURE COTTON

Time: 9.25-9.45AM

Room Location: Small Hall

Speakers:

TOBIAS MEIER


KEYNOTE 10

FUTURE ACCESSORY

Time: 11.00-11.20AM

Room Location: Small Hall

Speakers:

LANCE CLARK / DULMA CLARK – SOUL OF AFRICA

(GOODY BAG SPONSORS)


KEYNOTE 11

FUTURE OF SUSTAINABILITY

Time: 11.20-11.40AM

Room Location: Small Hall

Speakers:

TAMSIN LEJEUNE – ETHICAL FASHION FORUM / COMMON OBJECTIVE

WITH

ORSOLA DE CASTRO – FASHION REVOLUTION DAY


KEYNOTE 12

FUTURE ARTISAN

Time: 2.45-3-00PM

Room Location: Small Hall

Speakers:

BERNIE SEB – DE LA SEBURE

WITH

SITA SCHUTT – PROSPERO WORLD


KEYNOTE 13

FUTURE RESEARCH MARKETS

Time: 3-05-3.20PM

Room Location: Small Hall

Speakers:

ANNIKA WADDELL – MA STUDENT – RYERSON UNIVERSITY


KEYNOTE 14

FUTURE PROJECTS TOWARDS SDG’S

Time: 4.25-4.45PM

Room Location: Small Hall

Speakers:

CORINNE SALINAS – EUROPEAN COMMISSION

 


Intermittent short, bite-size TedX style talks covering manufacture, ethical sourcing, retail shopping market, trends, consumer market, African textiles, African cotton, but all falling under the main topic and conference theme being ‘Africa. Fashion’s Future’.

Each speaker will celebrate the revival happening in Africa and present a speech related to their area within the African fashion and textiles supply chain.

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CONFERENCE PANELS


PANEL 4 – FUTURE POLICY AND FINANCE

Time: 9.50-10.45AM

Room Location: Conference Room – Small Hall

Speakers:

– ALBERT TUCKER – KARMA COLA

– DAVID SMITH – BRITISH AFRICA BUSINESS ALLIANCE

– LISA ARMSTRONG – UGOGO

– PUMELA SALELA – BRAND SOUTH AFRICA

– CAROL COOKE – BAREFOOT IN BUSINESS

– KATHERINE HAMNETT

– SEAN OBEDIH – CAMSCORP

MODERATOR – YEMISI MOKUOLU


PANEL – FUTURE MANUFACTURNG

Time: 3.20-4.20PM

Room Location: Conference Room – Small Hall

Speakers:

– CHI ATANGA – WALLS OF BENIN

– NEBIL KELLOW – FIRST CONSULT

– CAROL – BAREFOOT IN BUSINESS

– NICOLE PITTER PATTERSON – AFARA GROUP

– PAOLA MASPERI – MAYAMIKO

MODERATOR – ANOUSHKA BOODHNA


 


These panels will look at the message we are getting from Africa today. With focus on the finance for African businesses and the future of African manufacturing with a look at present and future regions.

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WORKSHOP BREAKOUT SESSIONS


WORKSHOP 2A – FUTURE TEXTILES

Time: 11.45AM-12.30PM

Room Location: TBC

Workshop leaders:

– CHRIS SPRINGS – BRITISH MUSEUM

– FEE UHSSI

– JOSE HENDO


WORKSHOP 2B – FUTURE MARKETS

Time: 11.45AM-12.30PM

Room Location: Conference Room/Small Hall

Workshop leaders:

– ANN MCCREATH – FAFA AND KIKO ROMEO


 


These workshop breakout session will allow smaller groups to gather together and discuss the topics in more detail. Time to share ideas, throw out thoughts and suggestions and gather feedback.

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