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September 25th, 2014

Vogue Talents x ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative with Sophie Zinga & Studio One Eighty Nine

Studio189 and Sophie Zinga

As part of the Ethical Fashion Initiative’s programme to support and promote new generation fashion design talent from Africa, Senegalese brand, Sophie Zinga and Ghanaian brand, Studio One Eighty Nine participated in Vogue Italia’s Vogue Talents project last week.

Vogue Talents is part of Vogue Italia’s talent scouting agenda. The event takes place during Milan Fashion Week, and transforms Palazzo Morando into a presentation space for the best young emerging fashion designers of the moment. This gives the designers a unique opportunity to gain exposure to fashion press and buyers and present their unique aesthetic to the fashion crowd.

Simone Cipriani, the Head and Founder of the Ethical Fashion Initiative commented: “Vogue Talents is the best vehicle to get young designers on the international fashion scene. For the Ethical Fashion Initiative’s work in Africa with emerging designers, Vogue Italia is a formidable partner”.

Sophie Nzinga Sy, the designer of Sophie Zinga said: “I am grateful to have collaborated with EFI and to have the opportunity to present my S/S 15 collection at Vogue Talents in the presence of the fashion industry’s key protagonists. These are the types of collaborations and initiatives which will be fundamental in revolutionizing the vastly growing African fashion industry.”

Sophie Nzinga Sy, whose natural talent was developed while attending the prestigious design school, Parsons, has always been an avid art enthusiast. Senegalese born, she is constantly drawing inspiration from her travels and the fusion of the multiple cultures that have shaped her, from her African roots to her New York City education and entrepreneurial mindset.

Sophie Nzinga Sy considers herself a citizen of the world and her designs are a distinctive blend of her artistic experiences and eclectic cocktail of her voyages. Sophie’s design philosophy has remained to give the modern woman the key pieces to constantly re-invent her style while exuding confidence whether she is in a board meeting, attending a gala or traveling between New York and Lagos.

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STUDIO ONE EIGHTY NINE is a social enterprise that seeks to provide a platform to help promote and curate African and African-inspired content through various projects such as media and cultural events and projects. The collective includes artists, musicians, dancers, architects, designers, photographers, foodies, travelers, innovators, thinkers, activists, dreamers. Together we represent countries all over Africa and its Diaspora.

Created by Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah, the mission of Studio One Eighty Nine and the idea for Fashion Rising, took shape following a trip with V-Day in February, 2011, through Kenya, Burundi and Rwanda to Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the opening of the City of Joy. Studio One Eighty Nine was selected as a rising African brand by Design Indaba as part of the “Africa is Now” Exhibit and has recently appeared as a stand-out brand in WWD, in, Vogue Italia, the FT “How to Spend It”,, coolhunting and more.

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See our interview with Studio One Eighty Nine here.

See more on the designers here:

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See more information on the International Trade Centre and their Ethical Fashion Initiative here:



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