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December 7th, 2012

Ethical Fashion Forum Source Awards 2012 – African companies – Winners and Runners-Up

The SOURCE awards held on Tuesday 4th December recognise excellence in fashion and sustainability in 12 categories, and winners benefit from widespread promotion and recognition as sector leaders. The Awards expand upon seven seasons of showcasing excellence by the Ethical Fashion Forum (EFF), through it’s INNOVATION Awards.

We are so happy to have receive a runner-up award and to be highly commended for the Media Category – whoop whoop! Ok now down to business.

The SOURCE Awards puts the spotlight on the most innovative and inspirational businesses, individuals, and initiatives in the fashion industry, globally and recognises excellence in 12 different categories, from design innovation to brand leadership across women’s, men’s, accessories, and children’s wear, sustainable supply / manufacture, retail, and individual contribution.

SOURCE recognises that sustainable practices are not an optional add on- but a fundamental requirement for any business to compete in commercial and resource terms in the fashion industry today.

Already, the businesses at the cutting edge in product design, innovation, and brand leadership, are the businesses that are also pioneering when is comes to sustainability. The foremost sector leaders are transforming livelihoods for the workers in their supply chains, driving forward the environmental agenda, and proving that best practice means integrating the triple bottom line. The SOURCE Awards recognise, celebrate and showcase the best of best practice in the sector.

We had a wonderful time networking with amazing people in Ethical Fashion.

Here are a list of the winners from the night who hold businesses which are African based or focused.


Recognising new talent in fashion design and textiles design, combined with innovation in sustainability terms.


Celebrating and furthering the eclecticism of Congolese art and culture with vibrant, colorful prints and solids. Produced by Fellowship 500 member and fellow SOURCE Award 2012 Winner, SOKO Kenya.

Modahnik AW12


Highly Commended:

Andy Lifschutz Jewelry
Working with Fashion 4 Development and artisans in Botwana, Andy Lifschutz specialises in jewellery that blends traditional inspiration with modern chic using reclaimed and recycled materials.

Raven + Lily
Exclusive handmade and eco-friendly jewelry and accessories from North India, Cambodia, and Ethiopia – each modern, organic design reflects the beauty and culture of the woman who made it, creating a platform to empower women living with HIV/AIDS and to help alleviate poverty.


The Winner:

Toto Knits
Displaying ethical, organic knitwear handmade in Kenya by single mothers. Innovative and unique designs which are fun and funky that children and adults alike will love.


Awarding businesses which are combining product excellence with best practice in sustainability terms.


The Winner:

Inspired by rich East African culture, Lalesso has transformed the community where its products are manufactured.


The Winner:

Mantis World
Mantis World is a supplier of garments for the imprintables market with a dedicated Bespoke Production team working with fashion brands and retailers.


Recognising the potential for fashion business to transform livelihoods and opportunities in Africa.

The Winner:

SOKO, a clothing manufacturing unit in Kenya, is based in the region with the highest unemployment rate in the country, with a high rate of prostitution, HIV/AIDS positive population and animal poaching. It is, therefore, a precious alternative means of making a living for local people.

Highly Commended:

Indego Africa
Indego Africa is a Fair Trade certified social enterprise working with women artisans in Rwanda. IA partners use locally sourced Dutch Wax cloth, known in Africa for its cultural and historical significance, in many of their products.

Working to support creative talents and turn them into sustainable activities, Mayamiko is currently working with disadvantaged women on the Mayamiko Cotton Project in Lilongwe, Malawi.


Recognising commitment to sustainability by leading, mainstream and high profile fashion designers.

The Winner:

Beautiful and eclectic prints, colours, layers that are very feminine but still wearable – unlike any other brand.SUNO is a New York based womenswear label founded in 2008 by Max Osterweis in collaboration with designer Erin Beatty. The collection was launched in Spring 2009 after post-election violence threatened to damage the economy and industry in Kenya. Since its inception, SUNO has evolved its business to include production in Kenya, India, Peru and its home base of New York.

Highly Commended:

Vivienne Westwood
Vivienne Westwood is manufacturing an accessories collection in Kenya with the goal of empowering Kenyan women and local artisans to help themselves, by providing valuable skills and a sustainable income as well as recycling materials.


This award recognises outstanding achievement in raising awareness about the issues related to fashion and sustainability.

Highly Commended:

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Focusing on promoting the African fashion and textile industry to the greater global textile industry, Africa Fashion Guide is an information based platform and one stop shop for fashion professionals and all those interested in African fashion and textiles.

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