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November 21st, 2012

African Businesses as Finalists for Ethical Fashion Forum Source Awards

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The SOURCE Awards are the Global Awards for Sustainable Fashion, recognising excellence in fashion and sustainability in 12 categories, from every part of the fashion industry supply chain and all over the world.

As previously mentioned we are more than pleased to announce that Africa Fashion Guide has been shortlisted for a Source Award but are equally happy for the other African focused brands, companies and designers who also were shortlisted.
BRIEF INTRODUCTIONS TO ALL FINALISTS CAN BE FOUND BELOW.

1. INNOVATION

1.1 INNOVATION – FASHION DESIGN

Modahnik

Inspired by the Avant garde eclecticism of Congolese art and culture with vibrant, colorful prints and solids. Produced by Fellowship 500 member and CMT workshop, SOKO Kenya.

 

1.2 INNOVATION – ACCESSORIES

ABURY Collection

Creating intercultural value through unique handmade leather products designed in collaboration of international designers and Moroccan craftsmen.

 

1.3 INNOVATION – JEWELLERY

Andy Lifschutz Jewelry

Working with Fashion 4 Development and artisans in Botwana, Andy Lifschutz specialises in jewellery that blends traditional inspiration with modern chic using reclaimed and recycled materials.

Raven + Lily

Exclusive handmade and eco-friendly jewelry and accessories from North India, Cambodia, and Ethiopia – each modern, organic design reflects the beauty and culture of the woman who made it, creating a platform to empower women living with HIV/AIDS and to help alleviate poverty.

1.4 INNOVATION – CHILDRENSWEAR

Awamu

Straight from Uganda, beautifully-crafted handmade girls dresses inspired by print and colour. Passionate about changing the lives of HIV positive orphans & vulnerable children in the slums of Kampala.

Toto Knits

Displaying ethical, organic knitwear handmade in Kenya by single mothers. Innovative and unique designs which are fun and funky that children and adults alike will love.

1.5 INNOVATION – ONE TO WATCH

Umoja

Umoja recently launched its first collection ‘Out of Africa’, a collection working towards changing lives and focused on products sourced in Kenya.

2. BRAND LEADER

2.1. BRAND LEADER – DESIGN

Lalesso

Inspired by rich East African culture, Lalesso has transformed the community where its products are manufactured.

2.2 BRAND LEADER – STREET/ CASUAL WEAR

Mantis World

A wide range of designs for men, women and children, made to the highest social and environmental criteria in Africa and beyond.

 

3. SUSTAINABLE SUPPLIER

Mantis World

Mantis World is a supplier of garments for the imprintables market with a dedicated Bespoke Production team working with fashion brands and retailers.

SOKO

SOKO is a clothing manufacturing unit in Kenya aiming at providing the fashion industry with a manufacturing unit with social and environmental issues at the core of its business.

Indego Africa

Indego Africa is a Fair Trade certified, design-driven social enterprise whose innovative model utilizes access to global markets and education to promote truly sustainable development for women artisans in Rwanda.


4. AFRICA AWARD

Agnes and Lola

An online boutique that sources ethically produced garments by African based designers, committed to developing the African fashion industry in a sustainable and ethical manner.

Agnes & Lola website

Indego Africa

Indego Africa is a Fair Trade certified social enterprise working with women artisans in Rwanda. IA partners use locally sourced Dutch Wax cloth, known in Africa for its cultural and historical significance, in many of their products.

MAGO’ east africa

A small company producing womenswear in zanzibar, MAGO’ is an enterprise mixing italian design and local materials like wax, kanga kitenge.

Mantis World

Mantis World has been producing ethically-made garments from Tanzania since 1999. The company imports 600,000+ garments per year from Sunflag Tz for the European printwear and fashion markets.

Mayamiko

Working to support creative talents and turn them into sustainable activities, Mayamiko is currently working with disadvantaged women on the Mayamiko Cotton Project in Lilongwe, Malawi.

MIA by Mia Nisbet

MIA by Mia is a clothing label from Malawi recycling materials that are then combined with traditional Malawian textiles to produce a collection that merges the richness of African textiles with western styling.

NACK by LutoTailo

Nigerian Articulate Culture Kullection, producing t-shirt cotton Fabric, Pique, linen, jeans, has successfully grown to become one of Nigeria’s established brand names.

SOKO

SOKO, a clothing manufacturing unit in Kenya, is based in the region with the highest unemployment rate in the country, with a high rate of prostitution,HIV/AIDS positive population and animal poaching. It is, therefore, a precious alternative means of making a living for local people.

Trashy Bags Project

Trashy Bags is a manufacturing NGO and social enterprise based in Accra, collecting, cleaning and then transforming, discarded plastic drinking water and juice sachets, into useful and attractive bags and other products.

5. INDEPENDENT BOUTIQUE

Danaqa World Chic

Danaqa World Chic is a boutique established to create awareness of the best that small, women-led producers based in amazing places have to offer. They operate at the luxury end of the retail market.

FAIR

FAIR is a boutique that combines direct sourcing from WFTO members, sourcing from local Brighton organisations working in Fashion and Textiles in Africa, Asia and South America and sourcing from UK Fair Trade brands such as People Tree, Bibico, Komodo and Nancy Dee.

 

6. DESIGN LEADER

EDUN

Founded by Ali Hewson & Bono in 2005, EDUN is a global fashion brand bringing about positive change through its trading relationship with Africa and it’s positioning as a creative force in contemporary fashion.

Katharine Hamnett

Katherine Hamnett is one of the most important names in the fashion industry having promoted an ethical business philosophy since the 1980’s and her work with cotton farmers in Mali.

SUNO

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. Since its inception, SUNO has evolved its business to include production in Kenya, India, Peru and its home base of New York.

SUNO NY sneakers SS12

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood is manufacturing an accessories collection in Kenya with the goal of empowering Kenyan women and local artisans to help themselves, by providing valuable skills and a sustainable income as well as recycling materials.

7. RETAIL LEADER

The following businesses have been shortlisted on the basis of:

Going beyond trying to do no harm- implementing initiatives that achieve real social and environmental impact

Displaying leadership- putting head above the parapet and promoting sustainability/ sustainability initiatives

ASOS

ASOS is one of the most popular fashion websites in the world and is one of the first sites to launch a specially curated eco fashion edit – The Green Room, which also includes its pioneering ASOS Africa collection, produced with Fellowship 500 member, SOKO Kenya. After adopting the ETI Base Code throughout their global supply chain, ASOS also became a carbon neutral company by participating in many carbon offset projects.

 

8. OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION

Ann McCreath

Ann McCreath worked as a designer in Italy and Spain, then on aid in Angola, Kenya and Zimbabwe with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Traditional arts and crafts inspired her to move from aid to fair trade as a long term solution to poverty. Her Kenyan contemporary fashion label, KikoRomeo, works with a wide variety of rural and urban communities. In 2008 she launched FAFAKenya, a ground breaking initiative which has directed the creativity and energy of hundreds of entrepreneurs in Kenya and fostered peace.

Franca Sozzani

Vogue Italia’s Editor in Chief Franca Sozzani collaborates in many international commerce partnerships on behalf of Fashion 4 Development. She has also helped fund key projects and produced an entire issue about Africa in LʼUomo Vogue, changing perceptions of how fashion can improve livelihoods and reduce poverty.

Simone Cipriani

Head of the Ethical Fashion Initiative of The International Trade Centre (ITC), a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation. Simone has been instrumental in developing projects with Vivienne Westwood, Vogue Italia and programmes in Kenya, Brazil and West Africa.

 

10. MEDIA

Africa Fashion Guide

Focusing on promoting the African fashion and textile industry to the greater global textile industry, Africa Fashion Guide is an information based platform and one stop shop for fashion professionals and all those interested in African fashion and textiles.

 

Final winners will be announced at a  SOURCE Awards reception event in central London on the 4th December 2012. The event will be streamed online. A few spaces at the London reception are available for press and media representatives and buyers.

CLICK HERE  to register to attend in person in London (press/ buyers only) or to view the event on







 
 

 
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3 Comments


  1. Thank you so much for the well researched post. I am using this as a directory for African Designers. Keep up the good work guys !



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