Couture de Burundi – Country PROFILE

December 20, 2011

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Image Burundi - Copyright Margaux Wong for Africa Fashion Guide

Fashion in Burundi is ‘Off the hook’! Did I say that? I most certainly did. In my almost three years of living with and among Burundians, and now as a Burundian myself, I can safely say that Burundians are very fashionable people. I have read in previous articles, especially online, stories of present day Burundians […]

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Live, Love, Loza! – SS12 collection – Designer PROFILE

December 19, 2011

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image courtesy loza maleombho SS12 collection

Loza Maléombho is a women’s ready to wear clothing line based in New York with women empowerment, social and economic trades in West Africa. Set up by Brazilian born Loza Maléombho, who is of Ivorian and Central African origins, in 2009. Loza was raised in Abidjan, Côte-d’Ivoire (West Africa) and in 2000 she moved to the […]

Posted in: Crafts, Fashion, Textiles

News in! Victoria Secret, Burkina Faso and Fairtrade cotton – Child Labour Allegations

December 19, 2011

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image copyright Africa Focus - University of Wisconsin-Madison - African woman picking cotton

Some of you my have heard about this already about  recent article published by Bloomberg alleging that Victoria’s Secret has used Fairtrade and organic cotton from farms in Burkina Faso that use children to work on picking cotton. Please click to see the story here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-15/victoria-s-secret-revealed-in-child-picking-burkina-faso-cotton.html. According to WFTO 10 principles that Fair Trade organisations must comply too […]

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Mikuti – Socially Conscious Jewelry – Company PROFILE

December 19, 2011

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Musa Bangles

Mikuti, a socially active company that creates unique pieces of jewelry, as well as an income for people living in the Meru District of Tanzania.  Inspired by the beauty of the Swahili Coast and the magnificent landscapes of East Africa, Mikuti seeks to merge the world of jewelry, fashion, and mindful economic development. Mikuti means […]

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Mozambique Fashion Week – advertise in Batik

December 18, 2011

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Starting with just 10 designers and 10 models, Mozambique Fashion Week (MFW), was created 7 years ago with the aim of showcasing the creativity and originality of Mozambican people. Today the event is much more than a week of fashion, it is now one of the biggest fashion events in Africa with an aim to […]

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Gambia Fashion Night 2011

December 16, 2011

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Gambian Fashion Night

Our recent trip to The Gambia highlighted a few fashion shows that take place in this often unrecognised West African country. This includes the recent West Africa Fashion Week due to take place again in The Gambia in 2012. This Saturday, 17th December 2011 at the Sheraton Hotel & Spa in Brufut, The Gambia will […]

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To Die For Is Fashion Wearing Out The World? – BOOK REVIEW + Interview With Author

December 15, 2011

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"To-Die-For" - By Lucy Siegle

REVIEW by Donalea Scott – Founder of blog  Get A Perspective To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out The World by Lucy Siegle Publishers: Fourth Estate (12 May 2011) ISBN-13: 978-0007264094 Environmentalist writer and journalist for the Guardian, Lucy Siegle explores the effect our ‘throw away’ culture has had on our attitudes towards consuming fashion and […]