2019 Edition – London, UK

THEME: Shift Your Supply

Africa. Fashion’s Return – Sept 9th – City Hall, London

with 1 day LIVE Masterclass – Sept 10th – The Crystal, London

9am-6pm

Our Scope: 

This season we will be discussing Shifting the Supply chain of the fashion industry to Africa, the opportunities on the continent is growing and more production and movements are being executed in Africa. We will look at the growing interest is in the continent as a market of its own as Fashion Returns to Africa!

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 Shift to Sustainability, Shift in Manufacturing, Shift for Retail, Shift in Trends, Shift your Supply, Shift to Innovation, Shifting Disruption, Shift in Trading Policy, Shift of Finance, Shift in Design looking at Cultural Appropriation, IP 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 2019 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 2019 schedule

 

MONDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER

KEYNOTE TALKS

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 ‘Shift Your Supply. Africa. Fashion’s Return’.

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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KEYNOTE 1

FUTURE SUPPLY CHAINS

Time: 9.15-9.30AM

Speakers:

PRAMA BHARDWAJ – MANTISWORLD

(EVENT SPONSORS)

 


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KEYNOTE 2

FUTURE INNOVATION

Time: 10.30-10.45AM

Speakers:

 


 

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KEYNOTE 3

FASHION MADE IN AFRICA PRESENTATION

Time: 11.45AM-12.30PM

Speakers:

JACQUELINE SHAW – AFRICA FASHION GUIDE DIRECTOR

 


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KEYNOTE 4

FUTURE TRENDS

Time: 2.00-2.15PM

Speakers:

NICOLA COOPER – NICOLA COOPER ASSOCIATES


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KEYNOTE 5

FUTURE OF DESIGN

Time: 3.00-3.15PM

Room Location: Small Hall

Speakers:

LADUMA NGXOKOLO – MAXHOSA


 

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KEYNOTE 6

FUTURE PARTNERSHIPS

Time: 4.00-4.15PM

Speakers:

BOLA MARQUIS – OKUN BEACHWEAR

 


 

CONFERENCE PANELS

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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PANEL 1 – SHIFT IN DESIGN – CULTURAL APPROPRIATION AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Time: 9.30-10.30AM

Speakers:

– KEREN PYBUS – ETHICAL APPAREL AFRICA

– HEATHER CHAPLET – XOOMBA

– PAIGE EARLAM – PLEXUS COTTON

 

MODERATOR – SEMHAR HABTEZION


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PANEL 2 – SHIFT IN SOURCING – MANUFACTURING SOURCING AND SUPPLY

Time: 10.45-11.45PM

Speakers:

– ANNICK GOUBA – ACP-EU

– MARTIN KLUCK – KIPEPEO

– ONYEKACHI WAMBU – AFRICAN FOUNDATION FOR DEVELOPMENT (AFFORD)

MODERATOR – MO TOMANEY – WISE BIRDS NETWORK

 


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FASHION MADE IN AFRICA – PRESENTATION BY JACQUELINE SHAW

Time: 11.45AM-12.30PM

Speakers:

– KUKUA ODOI – AFRICAN PRINTS IN FASHION

– CHAYET CHIENIN- NOTHING BUT THE WAX

 

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


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PANEL 3 – SHIFT IN FINANCE FOR AFRICAN  MANUFACTURING – FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT AND DESIGNER FUNDING

Time: 1.15-2.00PM

Speakers:

– ANNICK GOUBA – ACP-EU

– MARTIN KLUCK – KIPEPEO

– ONYEKACHI WAMBU – AFRICAN FOUNDATION FOR DEVELOPMENT (AFFORD)

MODERATOR – MO TOMANEY – WISE BIRDS NETWORK

 

 


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PANEL 4 – SHIFT IN TRADE AND POLICIES – AGOA, BREXIT AND AFCFTA

Time: 2.15-3.00PM

Speakers:

– ANNICK GOUBA – ACP-EU

– MARTIN KLUCK – KIPEPEO

– ONYEKACHI WAMBU – AFRICAN FOUNDATION FOR DEVELOPMENT (AFFORD)

MODERATOR – MO TOMANEY – WISE BIRDS NETWORK

 


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PANEL 5 – SHIFT IN SUSTAINABLE FASHION – SDG AND RESPONSIBLE SOURCING AND CIRCULAR FASHION 

Time: 3.15-4.00PM

Speakers:

– ANNICK GOUBA – ACP-EU

– MARTIN KLUCK – KIPEPEO

– ONYEKACHI WAMBU – AFRICAN FOUNDATION FOR DEVELOPMENT (AFFORD)

MODERATOR – MO TOMANEY – WISE BIRDS NETWORK

 


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PANEL 6 – SHIFT IN AFRICA FASHION’S FUTURE – RETAIL / TRENDS / E-COMMERCE AND THE AFRICAN CONSUMER

Time: 4.15-5.00PM

Speakers:

– ANNICK GOUBA – ACP-EU

– MARTIN KLUCK – KIPEPEO

– ONYEKACHI WAMBU – AFRICAN FOUNDATION FOR DEVELOPMENT (AFFORD)

MODERATOR – MO TOMANEY – WISE BIRDS NETWORK


 

TUESDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER

 

This Masterclass day will allow a smaller more intimate groups to gather together and discuss their business in more detail in a bootcamp style. With an aim to leave with actual results to take forward.

Limited to 25 tickets only – this intimate Live Masterclass business training will take place over a full day on Tuesday 10th September at the prestigious Eco buidling one a kind sustainable buidling in London ‘The Crystal’. Trainings will include topics concerning:

  • How to source your African supplier?
  • Which countries and where in Africa can you find suppliers for your product
  • Key strategy you must take to set up and build your Made In Africa brand.
  • Industry tips to learn how to go from Sourcing to Sampling and production so you are ready for Sales whilst beating overwhelm
  • Discover secrets steps to: …Meet your supplier …Master your sourcing strategy …Multiply your success …Maximise your sample strategy

You will leave the training with knowing

–The FOUR easy and practical routes to find your quality African supplier – revealing why the ‘gurus’ of fashion are dead wrong that fashion cannot be made in Africa. The all important MUST ask KEY questions you can use to vet suppliers for yourself that will also gain you the respect you need from the get go.

–How to STOP or avoid getting ripped off by crafting and building successful, HONEST, long-term relationships with vetted, experienced, professional quality suppliers on the ground in Africa. Even if you have never visited the continent!

–The importance of working with suppliers with ETHICAL conditions and high working STANDARDS allowing you to build a responsible fashion brand made in Africa.

–The secrets to understand how to know if the suppliers you are working with are actually RIGHT FOR YOU and right for your unique product.

PLUS, a ton of practical advice and guidance so you can go from feeling stressed out, frustrated and overwhelmed, to being an organised and over-achieving business owner getting awesome results fulfilling your African dream!

So you have the opportunity not only to join our Fashion Africa Conference this September in the prestigious City Hall, and to listen to the best industry leaders in African fashion in London, together in one place; but you can take that next step in your business by investing in the two day event that includes the Masterclass hosted at the world acclaimed eco building the Crystal. If you are a serious fashion business owner shifting your supply, sourcing and production to Africa than you absolutely cannot miss this event! REGISTER TODAY!

 


 

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