Fashion Africa Conference 2014

Fashion Africa Conference 2014


There was a meeting of minds at the Fashion Africa Conference held at SOAS campus in central London in February 2014. The event is the brainchild of Africa Fashion Guide Founding Director, Jacqueline Shaw.

The evening consisted of panel discussions with international industry leaders. The yearly conference facilitates discussion and promotion of the full supply chain of African Fashion Design, Textiles, and Manufacturing, thus communicating this to a larger, global audience.
Fashion Africa conferences are vehicles 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 fashion design from the African continent, giving design entrepreneurs relevant tips, strategies, tools and resources to successfully prepare, build and grow your own African focused fashion business based on sustainable design practices and ethical working conditions.
Themes included:
Sustainable Fashion Made in Africa – Sourcing cotton and local fabrics, Fairtrade issues, local production, artisans. AFG African Cotton Campaign. How important is African craft to the luxury market and Africa’s fashion industry ? What is the future of global textiles and Africa’s part it in? and more…
The Future of African Fashion – the importance of Fashion shows, media, press and marketing to bring light to African fashion into the global fashion industry. Is it just a fad? Does African fashion get enough positive recognition ? The importance of retail – selling and making availble African fashion and international retailers in Africa.
This event will include guests from press, brands as well as industry influencers and insiders who all have a mutual interest, involvement and focus to elevate African textile trade, fashion design and production. This event is for those who want to be part of the wider
who all have a mutual interest, involvement and focus to elevate African textile trade, fashion design and production. This event is for those who want to be part of the wider solution in raising Africa as a leader not a follower in quality design and production.
Panellists included:
Annegret  Affolderbach of Choolips
Daphne Kasambala of Sapelle
Helen Jennings of Arise
Lisel Truscott of Textile Exchange
Mark Stephenson of Sandstorm Kenya
Paola Masperi of Mayamiko
Prama Bhardwaj of Sunflag/Mantisworld
Sinem Bilen-Onabanjo of FAB Magazine
Tamsin Lejeune of Ethical Fashion Forum
Terence Sambo of One Nigerian Boy blog

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