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


August 24th, 2016


VLISCO CONFIRMED AS FASHION AFRICA CONFERENCE 2016 KEYNOTE SPEAKER just as they celebrate their 170th year anniversary!

On September 8th 2016, Africa Fashion Guide hosts their 5th year anniversary Fashion Africa Conference event in London, UK and are extremely pleased to announce that Vlisco will attend as guests and as keynote speakers on the day. To join just register here and receive an early booking discount tickets. But hurry they end soon!

Fashion Africa Conference 2016 will be held on the entire top floor rooms of the popular Richmix location in the heart of contemporary East London, Vlisco speakers will present as part of the morning keynote speeches titled “TALK AFRICA”. These bite-size TedX style will open discussions which investigates the growth of the African retail stratosphere, the culture of the African consumer market and why you should be an early adopter, African Fashion Manufacturing, ethical sourcing, African textiles, African cotton, through to trends in African fashion on and off the continent and more and more under the theme of ‘The African Market’.


This 5th year anniversary event ties in nicely with Vlisco’s own anniversary. On 15 August this year, Vlisco officially turned 170 years old. Because of its strong connection with Africa, the brand will mark the big event by honouring African women, as they’ve played an indispensable role in their success and who have always cherished and adored its fabrics. Vlisco honours their passion for authentic Wax Hollandais and as part of the celebration, Vlisco has asked 8 women from 6 different countries in Central and West Africa to be the faces of the 170 Years campaign. Including the world famous, Grammy winning African singer Angelique Kidjo.

“The positivity African women bring to society is incomparable. Their resilience, their elegance and their beauty are magnificent. They are the first to wake up and the last to go to bed. They are the backbone of Africa” – Angelique Kidjo

So it is surely fitting that two women in strategic roles within the Vlisco team will join the conference during this years’ fashion season. Their Creative Director and their Consumer Insights & Brand Innovation Manager will together deliver a presentation under the overall conference theme of The African Market and we cannot wait for it!

Fashion Africa Conferences are known to strategically bring together influential stakeholders and actors within the ethical fashion and African fashion arenas. Previous conference speakers have included international retailer H&M, Hollywood Actress Rosario Dawson and her business partner Abrima Erwiah, Cotton Made in Africa (OTTO Group), British Museum, Solidaridad, Textile Exchange, Mantisworld and much more! This annual event is recognised as being an industry catalyst changing perceptions of Africa’s fashion and textile industry and most importantly encouraging fashion business in Africa.


Previous conferences and seminars have all been popular and sell out events and so we are positive about the 2016 edition being bigger and better. It will also be an opportunity to expose your brand to a new market of people and to spread the word about your work and for real business to take place.

So join this important business event on the African fashion calender, do sign up quickly. Don’t delay REGISTER NOW as early booking discount tickets end soon!

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About Africa Fashion Guide

Africa Fashion Guide is the brainchild of Jacqueline Shaw a professional fashion designer, a visionary and an eco-entrepreneur with a big heart for Africa, Fashion and International Development. She is the author of the popular coffee table book  “Fashion Africa” published by Jacaranda Books.

Jacqueline concepted then launched Africa Fashion Guide in 2011 with the focus to promote the African fashion and textile industry to the greater global textile industry. It is a one stop shop for fashion professionals, students, retailers, magazines, bloggers and all those interested in African fashion and textiles as a way to promote this industry and bring links between African designers, craftspeople, manufacturers and textile designers with UK and EU fashion design companies and consumer markets, as well as with retailers worldwide.


Africa Fashion Guide is an information based platform for birthed with the focus to create an awareness campaign that promotes the full supply chain of the African fashion and textile industry with an ethical perspective and create links with the greater global textile industry.


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About Fashion Africa Conference

‘Fashion Africa’ Conference and Seminars were founded and created by Jacqueline Shaw, Director or Social Enterprise Africa Fashion Guide to be a catalyst in the industry. They were birthed as yearly events to help change perceptions of the fashion and textile industry in Africa and to ask those in Africa working in garment design and textile manufacturing what THEY think and need. They aim to keep these discussions ongoing in different locations annually where international industry leaders can connect, do business and initiate change.


The 2016 Fashion Africa Conference is a revolutionary vehicle creating social forum for attendees to talk openly and share ideas, information and expertise, to raise awareness and elevate the perception of design from the African continent.


This event is a must attend event where there will be a mix of press, brands and industry influencers and insiders with a mutual involvement and/or vested interest in elevating African trade, design and production, and who want to be part of the wider solution to raise Africa as a trailblazer in quality design and production.


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Press Team – Africa Fashion Guide

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