Africa Fashion Guide
A social enterprise promoting sustainability within Africa's fashion and textile industry.


November 29th, 2017

Upcycled African fashion on a Volcanic archipelago


Mia launched her ethical fashion label MIA By Mia Nisbet back in 2008 with the aim of sourcing and producing her up-cycled fashion lines in Africa. Mia creates edgy fashion garments that fuse recycled fabrics with traditional African Textiles.

MIA established her fashion line producing out of Malawi and selling the collections internationally in Los Angeles, Japan and London.

In recent years MIA took a step back from producing her label to raise her son and has been concentrating on delivering workshops and educational aspects of up-cycling and textiles.

MIA is gearing up to start producing collections again so recently visited Cape Verde with the aim of investigating the possibility of sourcing and producing her collections there. MIA spent a few weeks sourcing African Textiles and worked with some local tailors to produce a small run of limited addition African Fabric Jackets which are now available on ASOS Marketplace.

image below – Tailoring Shop: Happiness, Santa Maria, Cape Verde


MIA was in Santa Maria, Cape Verde which is the most touristic of the Islands. Cape Verde, or Cabo Verde, is in the Atlantic Ocean on a volcanic archipelago off the western coast of Africa. Situated near Senegal, The Gambia, and Mauritania, and is part of the Macaronesia known for its Creole Portuguese-African culture, traditional morna music and numerous beaches. Consisting of islands including Santiago which hails its capital town, Praia.

MIA is hoping to return to Cape Verde in early Jan/Feb 2018 to visit one of the less touristic islands to continue her research where she believes fabric sourcing and labour will likely be affordable and a win win for both.





Photography credit: Adilson Ramos Photography



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