Luxury brands make a play for Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa is a promising market for luxury goods as urbanisation‚ economic development and increased affluence among the expanding middle class drive growth across the sector. The region is experiencing the globe’s second-fastest economic growth‚ after Asia Pacific‚ and between 2008-2013 the luxury goods sector grew 35%‚ the Global Powers of Luxury Goods report by … Continue reading

South African govt approves R200mn for textile cluster

Originally posted in Fibre2Fashion The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Government of South Africa, has approved a R200 million (approx. US$ 19 million) Grant Fund and a 5-Year Plan for the establishment of a Southern African Sustainable Textile and Apparel Cluster (SASTAC), according to a DTI press release. The National Cluster would help the … Continue reading

As Nigeria and Angola dazzle the luxury sector, Kenya seems focused on building a fashion market for everyone.

BY ROBB YOUNG Originally published in The Business of Fashion. NAIROBI, Kenya — Chatting to fashion insiders here feels, in many ways, the same as anywhere else around the world. Nairobi’s power bloggers have moved to Instagram; local designers are troubled by cheap counterfeits; and the same laundry list of global celebrities reigns supreme from Mombasa … Continue reading

Germany gears up for twin ethical fashion fairs

Sustainable fashion makers will showcase their latest creations at the forthcoming editions of the world’s two leading concurrent B2B eco-fashion trade fairs—Ethical Fashion Show Berlin (EFSB) and Greenshowroom. Scheduled to be held during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Berlin (MBFWB), the two simultaneous fairs, which will take place from July 8 to10, 2014, will feature a … Continue reading

2014 EcoChic Design Awards Accepting Entries Now

Returning to Hong Kong for its 5th cycle, the EcoChic Design Awards is a sustainable fashion design competition that inspires emerging fashion designers and students to create mainstream clothing with minimal textile waste. Eco Chic Design Awards is established by Redress founder Christina Dean who promotes environmental sustainability within the fashion industry and the positive … Continue reading

NABFEME and WOMEN WHO JAM PRESENTS… SISTER’S BEHIND THE BEAT #Detroit at The Charles H. Wright Museum Saturday June 28th, 2014

Grateful and honored to be speaking this Saturday at The Charles H. Wright Museum with all of these Awesome Women in “The Industry” for “Sisters Behind the Beat”. NABFEME & WOMEN WHO JAM PRESENTS… SISTER’S BEHIND THE BEAT Featuring Detroit’s Most prominent Women in Music, Entertainment and Business LAUNCH EVENT for #NABFEME Detroit Chapter and featured panel! PLUS CHAMPAGNE … Continue reading

From Genocide to African Catwalks – How Rwandan Women are Building their Lives and the Fashion Industry

KIGALI, Jun 23 2014 (IPS) – Before Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, Salaam Uwamariya’s husband, a professor, was the family breadwinner, providing for her and their eight children. Uwamariya sold vegetables at a nearby market to supplement their income. But like many in this Central African nation, her life changed in just the 100 days starting in April 1994 when … Continue reading

  • Fashion is increasingly a visual part of our global reality. the studioArena explores moving fashion beyond the development of European mercantile capitalism, commodity fetishism, and the politics of production (the way fashion emphasizes consumption at the expense of production.
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