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


October 11th, 2019

7 TOP Fashion Business Opportunities you can Start in Africa today!

Friday’s with you these days helping you to get planning and to catch up on your end of year plans on building your African fashion business ideas and that’s why today’s FASHION BUSINESS FRIDAY will be found EXTREMELY useful for you as you start or develop your African fashion business.

I have realised on my African fashion journey that there are MANY different opportunities that you can start in Africa and there are more growing each year. SO i decided to give you a few ideas to help you if you are just starting out so you can see and know that there is more than just having a fashion brand!

I have put together a list of 7 different ideas and business opportunities for you. I have listed 4 of the 7 below so do feel free to read below or over the weekend watch it instead over on my youtube channel here.

Do download the guide for free that also maps out the 7 business ideas clearly for you here.

  • BIZ idea 1 = Fashion Manufacturing Unit / Factory

Africa is becoming a top garment sourcing destination and an emerging competitor for clothing brands and on top of this africa’s fashion industry is now worth $31billion. Having a factory will require you having a business based on the ground, likely will need you to make a move to Africa or frequently going back and forth – so this type of business must align with your life goals.

Impact of this business will be where you will have the means to hire local seamstresses, tailors etc. and create jobs. The textile, craft and clothing is the second largest sector in the developing world after agriculture – so this creates jobs.

  • Biz Idea 2 = Exporter of goods

At Africa Fashion Guide we export African fashion goods for our clients and customer. We not only promote 100% African sourced and made goods and work tirelessly to source goods from the continent but we in particular source blank products, and basic bundles of clothes to be able to provide you *|FNAME|* with an African solution to start your Fashion business.

Did you know that as well as oil and gas, textiles and clothing are important for exports. The organisation WE.Forum note for Morocco, Tunisia and Lesotho, clothing, shoes & textiles are the biggest exports. Equally is cotton a vital aspect to economies of Mali, Togo and Benin.

Impact of this business is that Exporting African goods keeps the value of the cotton from crop to cloth, field to fashion on the continent and drives not only more jobs but brings trade with African cotton farmers and suppliers


  • Biz Idea 3 = Fashion label

Producing your own fashion label and brand made in Africa using African materials and production is a great way to start.

Africa’s fashion industry is worth $31bn according to African Development Bank’s Fashionomics Africa initiative. The international demand for African designs is growing and as a result more and more curated platforms for consumers to shop authentic African pieces are also growing.

In the next five years, Africa’s textile industry could generate $15.5 billion revenue. Africa will rise not by charity or aid but through investment and trade so business acumen and an understanding of this emerging market is key for developing a strong African economy and starting a fashion made in Africa label is a great contributor.

  • Biz Idea 4 = Fashion Business Hubs

The Assembly Hub is a great example of a platform that supports to establish fashion and creative talent in Africa; One that fosters entrepreneurs and companies to innovate the face of fashion in a rapidly changing marketplace via specific tools and creative and professional development.

Entrepreneurship is on the rise internationally, but specifically in Africa. It is a key to economic growth and is helping to transform African economies. Young Africans have a culture of entrepreneurship, this fused with innovation and creativity is a contemporary solution that is helping to address the continent’s key challenges.

The impact of this business idea is that business hubs are community platforms that equips the members with the business tools that can help them get set up. These often include accelerator programs that will take members from start-up to growth stage.

So there you go FOUR out of the 7 TOP fashion business opportunities you can start in Africa today.

Do download your guide here before you head over to youtube to find out and watch the rest of the opportunities over on my youtube channel and please subscribe once there. I would love your comments there too! Share what you are doing and think of these ideas.

Also note that I am loving your responses to my blogs and this makes me know that I am hitting home with them but if there are any topics in particular that you would like to address of you would like to know more about how I can help you to further your business then do get in touch. Just comment below.

Don’t start your African fashion business without me.


Note that I have a vast amount of supplier partners throughout sub Sahara and Southern Africa and I’m your most important business partner for your business growth and acceleration this year! If you’re ready to source your African supplier with me and meet your African manufacturer then book a call with me

We will have a free complimentary 45 minute chat about your business goals and challenges and I’ll explain exactly how I’ll obliterate your overwhelm and provide you with answers to your African sourcing challenges.

Book a call with me at this link

Go to the link select the orange button for a call and you’ll go straight to my calendar.

Let’s push forward with your dream this year

This is the #yearofreturn and the #africanfashion market is waiting to do business with you and for you.

So let’s together build business that builds TRADE WITH AFRICA not AID FOR AFRICA.

And I look forward to helping you to start in Africa this year.


Remember these tips are just the “tip” of the iceberg really when it comes to doing business responsibly and sourcing sustainably. Every Sunday I will be sharing with you more tips on sourcing in Africa. Do make sure to keep an eye out for your inbox weekly for these insights.

Need more active help with sourcing better in Africa? Then you can book a call with me at to work closely on your sourcing strategy as a means to accelerate your business forward.



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