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March 26th, 2015

Early Booking Discount ends March 31st! – Fashion Africa Conference 2015

2014 FASHION AFRICA CONFERENCE - copyright AO Photography for Africa Fashion Guide

Our Fashion Africa Conference 2015 titled An African Revolution is growing by the week. With partners Fashion Revolution Day, AO-Photography and sponsors The Africa Centre and Mantisworld we are expecting an awesome event with amazing speakers but we don’t want YOU to miss out!

Early booking discount tickets end in just 6 days!

For the opportunity to listen to the best industry leaders in African fashion in London, together in one place then you cannot miss this event! REGISTER TODAY!

If you’re fashion retailer, fashion designer, student or fashion business who is interested in sourcing and/or producing in Africa, with a strong, active interest in sustainability and ethical business practice – then you cannot miss this conference. The full day seminar event will act as a means to discuss and promote the full supply chain of African Fashion Design, Textiles, and Manufacturing and thus communicate this to a larger, global audience through media.

The event will be centred around the areas of these sub-topics Sustainability, African Fashion Manufacturing, Responsible Sourcing, Africa’s Retail Market and the new target consumer market, The Growth of the African Designer market, Africa as New Luxury.

Fashion Africa Conference in support of Fashion Revolution Day 2015(Fashion Africa Conference in being held in support of Fashion Revolution Day 2015)

The 2015 Fashion Africa conference will act as a vehicle 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 design from the continent

This event is a must attend event where there will be a mix of press, brands and industry influencers and insiders with a mutual involvement and/or vested interest in elevating African trade, design and production, and who want to be part of the wider solution to raise Africa as a trailblazer in quality design and production.

We are presenting 6 PANEL DISCUSSIONS over 3 ROOMS over 1 DAY!

2014 FASHION AFRICA CONFERENCE - copyright AO Photography for Africa Fashion Guide

2014 FASHION AFRICA CONFERENCE – copyright AO Photography for Africa Fashion Guide

2014 FASHION AFRICA CONFERENCE - copyright AO Photography for Africa Fashion Guide

2014 FASHION AFRICA CONFERENCE – copyright AO Photography for Africa Fashion Guide

2015 PANEL TOPICS ARE:

PANEL 1) – African Revolution – Fashion Made in Africa

PANEL 2) The New African Fashion Market – Designers, Fashion Shows, Media and Retail

PANEL 3A) Africa is Open for Business  – Africa as a Source for New Business

PANEL 3B) Textile Futures – Africa’s Cotton, Leather and Textile Industry Opportunities

PANEL 4A) Source Africa and Navigating Value Chains, Logistics and Red Tape

PANEL 4B) Africa’s Triple Bottom Line – Sustainability, Ethical Credentials and Responsibility in the African Fashion Industry

(PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION BEFORE MAKING YOUR SELECTION)

2014 FASHION AFRICA CONFERENCE - copyright AO Photography for Africa Fashion Guide

OUR 2015 CONFIRMED PANELLISTS INCLUDE:

Annegret  Affolderbach of Choolips

Arieta Mujay of African Creative Collective

Beatrace Oola of Africa Fashion Day Berlin

Chris Springs of British Museum

Christine Bredehorst of Cotton Made in Africa

Daphne Kasambala of Sappelle online boutique

Hannah Pool of Guardian and London Southbank (WOW Women/Africa Utopia)

Helen Jennings of Arise and Kisua online store

Ida Horner of Ethnic Supplies

Jordine Bartlett of Financial Times Lifestyle mag

Kiran/Alae of Styled by Africa

Laduma Ngxokolo of Maxhosa

Leigh Odimah of Style Canteen

Lisel Truscott of Textile Exchange

Mark Robertson of Sedex

Nkwo Onwuka of NKWO

Paola Masperi of Mayamiko

Prama Bhardwaj of Sunflag/Mantisworld

Samson Soboye of Soboye

Sinem Bilen-Onabanjo of StwoPR, FAB magazine and New African Woman magazine

Tamsin Lejeune of Ethical Fashion Forum

And more…!

(STUDIO189 TENTATIVE)

To attend this event make sure you sign up quickly as space is limited!
DATE: Friday 24th April 2015
TIME: 10.00am – 5.00pm (doors open 9.30am for registration)
VENUE: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA
PRICE: £35 EARLY BOOKING FEE (full price £49 after March 31st!) – includes tea, coffee and biscuits

BOOK FAST as places are strictly limited!

Register at:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fashion-africa-conference-2015-london-an-african-revolution-tickets-15333903117?ref=estw

SALES DESKS WILL BE OPEN ON THE DAY

(contact events@africafashionguide.com if you wish for a table – limited availability!!)

And tee-shirts from the African Fashion Guide African Cotton Campaign will be available to buy on the day!!

             

                

Image: Africa Fashion Guide African Cotton Campaign 2013

Photo credits: Models Richard Mkoloma and Nana Afua Antwi

Photographer: Abi Oshodi of AO Photography

Please note: Tees will be available in Black with White slogan print only!

REMEMBER TO BOOK FAST as places are strictly limited!

Register at:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fashion-africa-conference-2015-london-an-african-revolution-tickets-15333903117?ref=estw

Please note: Seating is only available with ticketed entry, please register your space early to avoid disappointment.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contact us via email at: events@africafashionguide.com

See more information on the website: www.fashionafricaconference.com

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ABOUT EACH PANEL

 

PANEL 1) – African Revolution – Fashion Made in Africa

Is the craft of luxury Africa’s way forward? And How important is African craft to the luxury market & Africa’s fashion industry? With more production being made in Africa we discuss if it is potentially a new clothing manufacturing hub and look at Ethiopia as a popular production zone. This panel will look at the methods of workshops versus factories and discuss the ongoing challenges and the positives of production in Africa.

PANEL 2) The New African Fashion Market – Designers, Fashion Shows, Media and Retail

The growth of fashion weeks on and off the continent highlights the importance of Fashion shows, media, press and marketing to bring light to African fashion into the global fashion industry. Looking at the current state of the fashion industry in Africa and the push for more African designers to break into the international markets, we question if this goal is attainable and how Africa is building strong fashion brands. We discuss also the rise of the retail industry from standalone stores to the online business, importance of ecommerce and online retailing, selling and making available African fashion to retailers internationally and also retailers in Africa and also Africa’s own growing consumer market appealing to industry retailers.

PANEL 3A) Africa is Open for Business – Africa as a Source for New Business

From fashion to mobile technology to agriculture to IT and more, Africa as a region is appealing more and more to investors abroad for new business ventures. Africa is also an opportunity for existing businesses abroad to open up similar businesses there. Media and researchers are also recognising this and we discuss what angle they are taking and the opportunity Africa has to offer.

PANEL 3B) Textile Futures – Africa’s Cotton, Leather and Textile Industry Opportunities

From sourcing cotton and local fabrics, Fairtrade issues, local production, artisans we look at the whole industry of textiles in Africa and discuss the future opportunities and needs. We look at the reason why we created the AFG African Cotton Campaign discussing how Africa can compete more effectively with the global cotton industry. Also we discuss the possibilities of Africa’s leather industry to the footwear and accessory market and where the connections already are. Lastly we will highlight what other beautiful fabric options Africa has to offer and where industry support could grow these.

PANEL 4A) Source Africa and Navigating Value Chains, Logistics and Red Tape

We realise that there is a big importance to developing the supply chain in the African market and aim to highlight the challenges and positives. With a growing importance to value chains and all aspects of the textile industry working together, we look at infrastructure and distribution, the need for more skilled labourers, red tape ad logistical issues, and how all this leads to international trade for Africa and why this is significance to GDP and country market research. 

PANEL 4B) Africa’s Triple Bottom Line – Sustainability, Ethical Credentials and Responsibility in African Fashion Industry

We will discuss what is this all about, how relevant is this for Africa and what does it mean to Africa. We question what is the future of global textiles and Africa’s part it in. Discussing the triple bottom line way of thinking in business, one that has CSR incorporated into an inclusive business strategy. With our event happening on the anniversary of the RANA Factory collapse in Bangladesh we want to remember those who died, were affected and hurt and to look at how things can be done differently in Africa.

 







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