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


December 8th, 2014

The Ethical Fashion Initiative Launches their Second African Fashion Talent Competition – APPLY by JAN 5th!

We love the work of the ITC through their Ethical Fashion Initiative and are extremely excited about their upcoming competition. Just launched, the competition fits into the Initiative’s African Fashion Design mentoring programme that aims to promote sustainable businesses and fulfilling creative collaborations with artisans.

Talented fashion and accessory designers from the African continent can apply to participate in the Initiative’s African Fashion Designer mentoring programme. They are looking for creative and ambitious designers aspiring to build an international brand that values & commits to high quality artisanship.

Past designers that have participated in theirr mentoring programme include: AAKS, Ameyo, Anita Quansah London, Christie Brown, duaba serwa, Kiki Clothing, Lisa Folawiyo, Mina Evans, MO SAÏQUE, Sophie Zinga & Studio 189. Through the Ethical Fashion Initiative, these designers were able to participate in prestigious fashion events such as Altaroma, IED Moda, Vogue Talents, Vogue Fashion’s Night Out.

Sophie Nzinga stated about her experience: “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.”

So now is your turn. See their competition details below and keep us posted on how it goes for you.


Who are You?

Are you a talented fashion and/or accessory designer from the African continent?

Have you established a fashion business with experience showcasing internationally?

Do you dream of building your international brand that values & commits to high quality artisanship?

Would you like the opportunity to partner with ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative to gain experience & participate in renowned international fashion industry platforms in partnership with Vogue Italia.

Who We Are

Since 2013, the International Trade Centre Ethical Fashion Initiative mentors emerging African fashion designers by connecting them with international fashion buyers and press to promote trade. We are inviting emerging designers from across Africa that possess creative capacities, potential and passion to expand their business while creating jobs and more demand for luxury artisanship in ethical fashion.

Your Opportunity:

Interact with our team and connect to key fashion platforms that are part of the Ethical Fashion Initiative network.

How to Apply?

If you fit the description above, please send a complete application no later than January 5th 2015. Applications submitted after this deadline will not be accepted.

Applications should include: a completed Designer Profile form, a designer CV (PDF format only)
and 8 photos of your recent work (professionally photographed). These documents should be sent
over email as a zipped folder attachment to:


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Designers have until Monday 5th January 2015 to apply. For more information:



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