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2015 Edition – London, UK

THEME: An African Revolution

April 24th at the Richmix, East London,

9am-5pm

Our Scope: 

We question if Africa is having it’s own Fashion Revolution? Is Africa Fashion’s final frontier? Can Africa be realistically open for business?

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 Sustainability, African Fashion Manufacturing, Africa’s Retail Market, The Growth of the African Designer market, Africa as New Luxury.

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 2015 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.

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CONFERENCE 1

An African Revolution – Fashion Made in Africa


 

Time: 10.00-10.45pm

Room Location: Cinema 1

Speakers:

Annegret Affolderbach – CHOOLIPS

Fee Uhssi – Fée Uhssi

Jacqueline Shaw – Africa Fashion Guide

Joan Hughes – The African Shirt Company

Laduma Ngxokolo – MaXhosa by Laduma

Rosario Dawson / Abrima Erwiah – Studio One Eighty Nine

Tobias Fischer – H&M

CONFERENCE 1

An African Revolution – Fashion Made in Africa


 

There is a revival happening in Africa and those from the Diaspora. A new found interest, love and respect for what is African, and an interest in heritage and history. When we look at fashion we want to ask if the craft of luxury is Africa’s way forward? This panel asks how important is African craft to the luxury market & Africa’s fashion industry?

With more production being made in Africa we discuss if it is potentially a new clothing manufacturing hub and look at Ethiopia as a popular production zone. This panel will look at the methods of workshops versus factories and discuss the ongoing challenges and the positives of production in Africa.

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CONFERENCE 2

The New African Fashion Market – Designers, Fashion Shows, Media and Retail


 

Time: 10.45-11.30pm

Room Location: Cinema 1

Speakers:

Arieta Mujay – African Creative Collective

Beatrace Oola – Africa Fashion Day Berlin

Helen Jennings – KISUA / IAM Magazine

Nkwo Onwuka – NKWO / Afromania

Samson Soboye – Soboye

Sinem Bilen-Onabanjo – FAB Magazine / StwoPR

 

 

CONFERENCE 2

The New African Fashion Market – Designers, Fashion Shows, Media and Retail


 

The growth of fashion weeks on and off the continent highlights the importance of Fashion shows, media, press and marketing to bring light to African fashion and to introduce it more effectively into the global fashion industry. Looking at the current state of the fashion industry in Africa and the push for more African designers to break into the international markets, we question if this goal is attainable and how Africa is building strong fashion brands.

We discuss also the rise of the retail industry from standalone stores to the online business, importance of ecommerce and online retailing, selling and making available African fashion to retailers internationally and in Africa. We recognise Africa’s own growing consumer market and look at how it is appealing to industry retailers.

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CONFERENCE 3A

Africa is Open for Business – Africa as a Source for New Business


 

Time: 1.00-1.45pm

Room Location: Cinema 2

Speakers:

Hannah pool – Guardian Newspaper / Southbank (Africa Utopia/WoW)

Jordine Bartlett – Financial Times Lifestyle

Sindiso Khumalo – Sindiso Khumalo

Kiran Yoliswa / Alae Ismail – Styled by Africa

Leigh Odimah – Africa Channel / Style Canteen

Yemisi Mokuolu – Hatch Africa

 

CONFERENCE 3A

Africa is Open for Business – Africa as a Source for New Business


 

 

From fashion to mobile technology to agriculture to IT and more, Africa as a region is appealing more and more to investors abroad for new business ventures. Africa is also an opportunity for existing businesses abroad to open up similar businesses there. Media and researchers are also recognising this and we discuss what angle they are taking and the opportunity Africa has to offer.

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CONFERENCE 3B

Textile Futures – Africa’s Cotton, Leather and Textile Industry Opportunities


 

Time: 1.00-1.45pm

Room Location: Cinema 3

Speakers:

Chris Springs – British Museum / Africa Centre Trustee

Christina Bredehorst – Cotton Made in Africa

Fulvia Bacchi – Lineapelle / UNIC

Liesl Truscott – Textile Exchange

Simon Ferrigno – Cotton Specialist

Teleica Evette – Costume Institute of the African Diaspora

 

 

 

CONFERENCE 3B

Textile Futures – Africa’s Cotton, Leather and Textile Industry Opportunities


 

From sourcing cotton and local fabrics, Fairtrade issues, local production, artisans we look at the whole industry of textiles in Africa and discuss the future opportunities and needs. We look at the reason why we created the AFG African Cotton Campaign discussing how Africa can compete more effectively with the global cotton industry.

Also we discuss the possibilities of Africa’s leather industry to the footwear and accessory market and where the connections already are. Lastly we will highlight what other beautiful fabric options Africa has to offer and where industry support could grow these.

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CONFERENCE 4A

Sourcing from Africa – Navigating Value Chains, Logistics and Red Tape


 

Time: 1.45-2.30pm

Room Location: Cinema 2

Speakers:

Daphne Kasambala – S’APELLE

Ida Horner – Ethnic Supplies

Kate Eccles – Value Added in Africa

Madeleine Rosberg – Responsify Africa

Mo Tomaney – UCA Tutor / Responsible Fashion Value Chain Specialist

Paola Masperi – Mayamiko

 

 

CONFERENCE 4A

Sourcing from Africa – Navigating Value Chains, Logistics and Red Tape


 

We realise that there is a big importance to developing the supply chain in the African market and aim to highlight the challenges and positives.

With a growing importance to value chains and all aspects of the textile industry working together, we look at infrastructure and distribution, the need for more skilled labourers, red tape ad logistical issues, and how all this leads to international trade for Africa and why this is significance to growing GDP, positively affecting economy and general country market research.

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CONFERENCE 4B

Africa’s Triple Bottom Line – Sustainability, Ethical Credentials and Responsibility in African Fashion Industry


 

Time: 1.45-2.30pm

Room Location: Cinema 3

Speakers:

Annick Gouba-Guibal – Cotton Specialist

Ariane Biemond – Solidaridad

Mark Robertson – Sedex

Prama Bhardwaj – Mantisworld / Sunflag

Tamsin Lejeune – Ethical Fashion Forum

José Hendo – José Hendo

CONFERENCE 4B

Africa’s Triple Bottom Line – Sustainability, Ethical Credentials and Responsibility in African Fashion Industry


 

We will discuss what is this all about, how relevant is this for Africa and what does it mean to Africa. We question what is the future of global textiles and Africa’s part it in.

Discussing the triple bottom line way of thinking in business, one that has CSR incorporated into an inclusive business strategy.

With our event happening on the anniversary of the RANA Factory collapse in Bangladesh we want to remember those who died, were affected and hurt and to look at how things can be done differently in Africa.

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