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

December 19, 2011

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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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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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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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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 […]

The Township® Story – COMPANY PROFILE

December 14, 2011

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What began as a conversation with women in the townships around Cape Town has become a unique social enterprise in the fashion industry. In 1987 Nicole-Marie Iresch, an Algerian-born executive with Air France, traveled from Paris to Cape Town on holiday. While exploring the city she was approached by a group of women who asked […]

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Africa Fashion Roundtable talk at the House of Lords

December 14, 2011

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On Thursday 8th December after a very interesting research and resting break to The beautiful Gambia, (see our feature) I attended the House of Lords for a Roundtable discussion on Africa Fashion and Textiles. We recently were invited for a talk at the House of Lords on Ethical Fashion but this discussion event was with […]

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Future Fabrics Expo 2011 – EVENT REVIEW

December 12, 2011

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Held in London College of Fashion’s Oxford street campus on the 29th and 30th of November, the Future Fabrics Expo  organised by Sustainable Angle showcased a wide selection of fabrics with environmental sustainability at the centre of their design. With around 400 fabric samples from 53 production companies and suppliers, the Expo was one of the […]

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New Dates! “The Hub of Africa Fashion Week 2012” – Ethiopia

December 12, 2011

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Clairvoyant & In the Bag, are proud to organize their 2nd annual event: “The Hub of Africa Fashion Week 2012”. This year’s event consists of two days of fashion extravaganza that is poised to receive unprecedented press exposure and bring notoriety to African designers. It will also promote networking among the leading fashion industry professionals […]

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Salaula: The World of Secondhand Clothing and Zambia – BOOK REVIEW

December 9, 2011

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Untold stories from the clothing afterlife REVIEW by Pamela Ravasio – Founder of Observer Award winning blog Shirahime Salaula: The World of Secondhand Clothing and Zambia by K. Tranberg Hansen ISBN: 9780226315812 Pietra Rivoli’s book ‘The travels of a T-shirt in the global economy’ left off with a short description of the second-hand clothing industry in Zambia. And that’s […]

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SUNO NY brings Sneakers from Kenya

December 9, 2011

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SUNO is a New York based womenswear label founded in 2008 by Max Osterweis in collaboration with designer Erin Beatty. The collection was launched in Spring 2009 after post-election violence threatened to damage the economy and industry in Kenya and for a long time they have been known to use vintage Kenyan textiles that Osterweis had […]

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Africa Fashion Guide goes to the House of Lords in London

November 28, 2011

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On November 23rd Africa Fashion Guide Director and Founder Jacqueline Shaw was invited by MADE-BY to attend an all party parliamentary group session. This event was the APPG for Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion at the House of Lords in London and which looked at one in a series of emerging developments and topics in the […]

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West Africa Fashion Week – Gambia

November 28, 2011

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We will be heading over to the Gambia this week but thought to let you know about a recent show that was held in the Gambia last week to showcase the work of West Africa fashion designers and put West Africa on the map as an important destination for fashion. And to give the 17 countries from […]

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Hessnatur, Miguel Adrover and Humanity in Fashion AWARD

November 28, 2011

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Some people design and produce a fashion line and afterwards start asking themselves – ‘How can I produce all this beautiful, edgy stuff in an eco and ethical way?’. Others start a clothing company purely with the aim to produce clothing in a sustainable and ethical way … and further down the line get around […]

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The Sustainable Angle of Future Fabrics – Sourcing EVENT

November 28, 2011

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The Sustainable Angle is a not for profit organisation creating and supporting projects which aim to minimize the environmental impact of industry and society. The current projects of The Sustainable Angle are: Future Fabrics Expo Please save the date for the Future Fabrics Expo organized by The Sustainable Angle and hosted by the London College of […]

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Osei-Duro – Vancouver and LA to Accra – Designer PROFILE

November 14, 2011

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OSEI-DURO was created by Maryanne Mathias, an independent designer and marketing teacher from Vancouver, Canada; and LA based costume stylist Molly Keogh as a one-time experiment of design and production in a completely unknown place: Ghana, West Africa. They both have high regard and a love for quality details, unusual and uncommon textiles, and above all clothing that makes […]