Fashion Friday: African fashion at tipping point if trade agreement delivers

Ambitious entrepreneurs, optimistic policymakers and supportive lenders are reviving the African fashion industry — a sector that has been constrained for decades by decaying infrastructure and cheap imports. From Casablanca to Cape Town, designers, manufacturers and investors are increasingly positive about the potential of fashion and textiles to create jobs and integrate the continent. “There is real momentum and a huge amount of interest,” says Emanuela Gregorio of the African Development Bank. Traditionally a funder of infrastructure and industrial projects, the ADB set up the Fashionomics Africa Initiative in 2015…

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Fashion Friday: Naomi Campbell and the awakening of African fashion industry

The iconic Arise Fashion Week was called Arise Fashion Week with Naomi Campbell this year and for good reason because the international supermodel has big plans for the continent. Naomi Campbell’s affinity for Africa, Nigeria in particular, is no secret. The supermodel has made numerous trips to the continent and has been linked with some prolific Nigerian stars including Wizkid and Skepta. Last year, she shutdown Arise Fashion Week when she arrived and hit the runway for select designers like Tiffany Amber and Lanre Da Silva. Little did we know that her appearance would spark a series of…

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