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


October 29th, 2013

Design From Africa – The International Trade Centre Ethical Fashion Initiative calls African Fashion Designers!

We are excited about this recent callout to African designers that came to our inbox and so we are happy to share it with you.

Organised by the Ethical Fashion Initiative a segment of the International Trade Centre they are seeking designers to continue the fantastic work they have started in Africa. Their concept and work reflects 100% what we are doing with Africa Fashion Guide. They tell us that they “use fashion as a vehicle out of poverty, at the same time fulfilling fashion’s desire to be more fair.” that the “Ethical Fashion Initiative connects the fashion business with artisans in Africa and Haiti…provide work for marginalized people who have a strong desire to change their lives…make it possible for the fashion world to embrace the skills of artisans in the developing world.” And ultimately declare that “We are not a charity.”

So what is it they are doing now you ask? Read on.

Are you a fashion and/or accessories designer based in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria or Senegal?

Do you have an established business which you want to see grow?

Do you have a vision for an international future?

The International Trade Centre’s Ethical Fashion Initiative facilitates sustainable trade for African fashion. We are seeking designers from the listed West African nations who have creative capacities and potential to expand their business while creating jobs for artisans and others in the domestic market.

Could that designer be you?

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The designer that our assessment panel selects will receive mentorship by leading fashion professionals and connections to key showrooms in Europe with the objective of earning international distribution. Mentoring support from ITC is long-term.The aim is to help one talented designer achieve maximum potential. The designer may also have the opportunity to participate in a fashion show in a European capital.

If you fit the descriptions above, please send a complete application no later than December 1st 2013. Applications submitted after this deadline will not be accepted.

Applications should include a completed templatea designer CV(PDF format only) and 8 photos of your work (JPEG format, maximum 600 x 425px / 20 x 15 cm in 150 dpi) saved in a zipped folder emailed to

Read more about the Ethical Fashion Initiative here or at the Ethical Fashion Initiative Facebook page.


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Etes-vous un couturier et/ou un créateur d’accessoires de mode basé au Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria ou Sénégal?

Avez-vous une entreprise solide que vous souhaitez développer?

Avez-vous une perspective d’expansion?

Le programme ”Ethical Fashion Initiative”du Centre de commerce international (CCI) soutient le commerce responsable pour la couture africaine. Nous recherchons des créateurs provenant des pays cités ci-dessus ayant la capacité d’innover et le potentiel d’étendre leurs activités, tout en générant des emplois pour les artisans sur le marché domestique.

Seriez-vous notre élu ?

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Le créateur sélectionné par notre comité d’évaluation bénéficiera d’un patronage par les plus grands noms de la mode et d’un accès à des showrooms clés en Europe afin d’établir un marché international. Bénéficier du support du CCI signifie une collaboration à long terme, le but étant d’amener un créateur talentueux à atteindre son plein potentiel. Le créateur pourrait avoir la possibilité de participer à un défilé de mode dans une capitale européenne.

Si vous correspondez à la description ci-dessus, veuillez envoyer votre candidature au plus tard le 1er décembre 2013. Passée cette date, les candidatures ne seront plus retenues.

Les candidatures doivent inclure un formulaire dument rempli, un CV (en format PDF uniquement) et 8 photos de vos créations (format JPEG, maximum 600 x 425px / 20 x 15 cm en 150 dpi) ; le tout sauvegardé dans un dossier Zip et envoyé à

Pour de plus amples informations: ou sur la page Facebook.




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