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Nigerian fashion brand Wana Sambo is scheduled to show its Spring Summer 13/14 Ready-To-Wear  collection ‘The Voyage of Mademoiselle Adanna’ at Lagos Fashion and Design week and Glitz Africa  Fashion Week 2013. Lagos fashion and design week will take place from October 23rd to 26th 2013 in Lagos, Nigeria, while Glitz Africa week is scheduled to take place in Accra, Ghana, commencing on the 7th and ending on the 9th of November 2013. 

The Mademoiselle Adanna ready to wear collection represents the quintessential Wana Sambo
woman who is classy, sexy, fun and always on the move. She is a modern woman with an artistic edge  and an independent eye for style like no other. Each piece from this collection is a must have for Her. The défilé will be a mixture of feminine and empowering pieces ranging from dresses, skirts, pants, anorak’s, jackets and tops. 

The Wana Sambo brand was launched in December 2010 and has since been delivering top-notch
fashion that represents a strong, sexy and exotic woman. Its clientele is typically young at heart, vibrant and independent which embodies the overall message of the Wana Sambo Woman. Wana Sambo pieces have been featured in prints and online media platforms sold and read within and outside Africa such as: 

MSN Africa: , Africa Fashion
Daily:!education , Thisday Style (Nigeria/UK/South Africa), Mania Magazine (Nigeria/UK), WOW Magazine (Nigeria), Complete Fashion Magazine (Nigeria), FAB Magazine (Nigeria/UK), Tropics Magazine (South Africa), TW Magazine (Nigeria), Glitz Magazine (Ghana), etc and various online media sites including but not limited to Bella,,,,,,,, etc 

Wana Sambo clothing partnered with Darey Art Alade in his ‘sisi eko’ music video, creating and
roducing menswear and women’s wear African print pieces for the music video. For more information on Wana Sambo’s participation in these fashion weeks contact or

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Each piece is born of the global perspective and responds to the call of what today's woman; whether in New York or Lagos; needs to be edgy, unique, powerful, and always feminine.

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Fashion & Brunch

It’s that time of the year SUMMER – when we bring out all our very bright and colorful garments and accessories to shine bright like diamonds.

Sadly, they are so many designers out there. Some of them, we don’t know nothing about. Where are there? What do they do? Do they have quality products? How can we find them? Do they offer sales, promotions? Which website should I visit? Which earrings should i buy ?

All designs are not created equal. And all designers shouldn’t be designing!

That’s where we come in. FashionNbrunch aims to bring together all the African designers we love and respect under the same roof for a very exclusive private sale. North Americans designers are our targets. (United States and Canada).

 You don’t wanna miss this very exciting opportunity. You will have access to a high quality pool of African Designers. Exclusive pricing and a lot of Surprises  in a very classy lounge.

When? Saturday July 6, 2013

 Where?   Café de Lima| Plaza St-Hubert |6409, rue St-Hubert 

514 771-7731 |Metro Beaubien| Jean-Talon

Because All Afro-Inspired brands and designs – be it Haute Couture, custom-made or 
fast-Fashion – deserve to be known and made available to everyone. Designers in clothing, footwear, accessories and furniture will be present at this very exclusive and chic event. They all have 3 things in common:

• They have influences from the “Afro” Culture

• They are Innovators and trendsetters

• They use  very distinctive fabrics, designs, models or inspiration.

Meet| Mingle |Brunch |lunch| with a group of Designers who are not afraid to 




August17 th 2013 

From 12:00 to 3:00 pm

Venue Japanese Canadian Cultural Center


Panel discussion – 2 panels,  6 key speakers (3 speakers per panel)

10.30 - 11.00  = Doors open and Registration

11.00 - 11.15  = Introductions = 15 mins 

11.15 - 12.00  = Panel 1 = 45 mins (host: J. Shaw)- Fashion business Africa 

Opening Speech - J. Shaw on sustainable fashion business in Africa 

highlighting question if Africa is fashion’s next frontier in fashion 


Speakers :Naana (Coccolily), Chinedu (Chinedesign), Ciaa (Ciaafrique)

12.00 - 12.20 = Panel 1 – Q&A = 20 mins

12.20 - 12.25 = Wrap Up = 5 mins 

BREAK  = 10 min

12. 35 - 1.20 = Panel 2 = 45 mins (host: AFWT) - Ethical Fashion Africa 

Speakers:  Tal (Oliberté), Meaghan (Fashion Takes Action), Cynthia 

Kio (Emua design)

1.20- 1.40  = Panel 2 – Q&A = 20 mins

1.40 - 1.50  = Wrap Up & Round up of discussion = 10 mins 

1.50 -   = Networking time 

Japanese Canadian Cultural Center

-chairs for panel with table

-goody bag with promotional information
-parking available

Potential hosts


Panel members

Tal Dehitar, Meaghan, Cynthia Kio, Ciaa, Chinedu, Cocoolily


Exposition de photographie à l'Institut français :

Frédéric de la Chapelle

Du 31 mai au 30 juin Institut français Iasi, espace d’exposition

Le programme de Frédéric de la Chapelle :
 Jeudi 30 mai à 17h00, Université des Arts « George Enescu » de Iasi, 
Département Photo-VidéoRencontre avec les étudiants de l’Université des Arts «
George Enescu » de Iasi

Vendredi 31 mai à 16h30, Université « Alexandru Ioan Cuza » de Iasi
Présentation du parcours professionnel, dans le cadre du projet « Une journée en
Afrique », organisé par l’Université « Alexandru Ioan Cuza » de Iasi

• Vendredi 31 mai à 18h00, Institut français Iasi Vernissage de l’exposition «La 
mode africaine par l’objectif de Frédéric de la Chapelle »

Frédéric de La Chapelle est né en 1959 à Angers. Entre 1981 et 1983 il suit des études à l’Académie de la Grande Chaumière à Paris. Il débute en exerçant divers métiers dans le secteur du graphisme et de la communication. En 1995, il réalise son premier reportage de mode et, deux ans plus tard, sa première exposition personnelle aux Bains Douches. Il exposera ensuite ses travaux personnels à la galerie d’art L’Imprévu en 1999, au Véga, au Sixième Elément, au Sélect.Frédéric de La Chapelle vit désormais entre Paris et Lomé et parcourt le continent africain en mettant son art au service des plus grands stylistes africains.Les photographies montrées à l’Institut français de Roumanie à Iasi, à l’occasion de l’événement « Une journée en Afrique » organisée par l’Université « Alexandru Ioan Cuza » de Iasi, ont pour la plupart été publiées dans des magazines de mode en Afrique. Elles ont été prises au Niger, au Ghana, au Sénégal, au Burkina Faso, au Congo, au Bénin, au Cameroun, mais aussi en Guadeloupe… ou à Paris ! Elles sont le reflet d’une créativité débordante, souvent inspirée par une tradition revisitée par des créateurs jeunes et talentueux.Pour compléter l’exposition des photographies
de Frédéric de la Chapelle, des tissus (pagnes) créés par la société HERITAGE qui, comme son nom l’indique, travaille dans l’esprit de relecture de la tradition évoqué plus haut – seront montrés aux côtés des images et viendront donner une atmosphère propice, le continent africain étant cette année à l’honneur dans le cadre des manifestations organisées autour de la Francophonie.




Africa Fashion Week London 2013 Announces Dates, Venue and Patrons – 

Now Accepting Designer Applications 

The third edition of Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL) returns on 1st-3th August 2013. 

Following the unprecedented success of their sophomore event in August 2012, in a bid to 

grow bigger, AFWL has not only expanded to three days but also moved to a bigger venue, 

Old Truman Brewery F Block, a recently redeveloped and formidable warehouse in hip and 

happening Shoreditch.

This year’s event is set to see 100 designers on the runway and over 100 exhibitors spread 

across Old Truman Brewery’s massive indoor space. Once again, Africa Fashion Week London 

is set to be the biggest fashion event across Europe showcasing African and African inspired fashion.

As well as these changes, another important change for Africa Fashion Week London comes 

in the form of two patrons this year, Mrs. Fifi Ejindu, the Nigeria-based architect and 

businesswoman and Yinka Shonibare MBE, the London-based globally celebrated Nigerian 

fine artist were announced as the female and male patrons for next year by CEO and founder 

of AFWL Ronke Ademiluyi on Tuesday, 4 December at the press preview of Studio 29, the first 

Africa Fashion Week London concession boutique soon to open in Lagos.

“As the AFWL team we are excited about the third edition of the event due to hold next 

August at the Old Truman Brewery and to have such highly renowned male and female 

patrons who are both hugely successful in their fields and both supporters of African 

fashion lending us their support for 2013. You can expect Africa Fashion Week London 2013 

to be a much bigger fashion affair than both the debut and sophomore editions ” said Ronke 

Ademiluyi, CEO and founder of Africa Fashion Week London.

The sophomore edition of Africa Fashion Week London held at London Spitalfields attracted 

over 20,000 visitors over two days and garnered international media coverage while the 

debut edition in August 2011 held at Gibsons Hall was a proof of the need for an Afro-centric 

fashion platform in London, attracting 4,700 guest, far exceeding all expectations.

Africa Fashion Week London 2013 is now accepting applications from designers who wish to 

showcase on the runway and/or exhibit their merchandise over the three-day exhibition.

NEW YORK (MAY 2013):- With TAB NYC coming quickly on the horizon, we invite you to put your business on the forefront of the ground breaking, TAB NYC Luxury Fashion & Beauty Collective: NEW YORK FASHION WEEK edition.
TAB NYC is a dynamic one day fashion and beauty retail collective, featuring independent and established fashion and beauty brands. TAB NYC aims at promoting independent and established companies, with interest of expanding clientele to a GLOBAL audience during NEW YORK FASHION WEEK.FASHION & BEAUTY LOVERS can expect an opportunity to shop the latest International Fashions from CANADA, USA, UK, West Africa, South Africa and more at TAB NYC.
TAB NYC offers a wide range of vendor opportunities. Don’t miss this opportunity to associate your company with this premier luxury event of Fashion, Entertainment and Beauty!
Fashion and Beauty brands interested in becoming a vendor or showcasing in the TAB Fashion show segment should contact TABNYC or to request a vendor application. We encourage early registration as vendor space is limited.
Important Dates
Early Bird Discount ends May 20th, 2013
Vendor Application Submission ends July 1st, 2013
Fashion Show Add On Payment Deadline July 1st, 2013
For more information about TAB NYC contact us @
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Isossy Children launches Global Spirit collection for Spring/Summer 2013
Childrenswear brand Isossy Children continues to be the forerunner in global clothing for kids.  With its smart, casual and lively range for girls and boys, Isossy launches its new collection for Spring/ Summer 2013.
The collection is traditionally separated into Isossy Classic, Play and Occasion, covering a fantastic array of styles in wonderfully vibrant and ethnic colours.  Isossy prides itself on catering for the ever changing needs of its customers, and the new collection for spring summer 2013 has just a little bit of everything to make it truly special.  The brand is honoured to stand by its ‘Made in England’ manufacturing ethos, combined with the international African, Asian and Western cultures.  The fabrics and styling of these countries are evident within this vivacious collection.
The range sees plenty of Tween pieces for girls and boys (8-14 yrs) that look as though they’ve just stepped off the catwalk.  Key styles such as the all print pant suits for girls and boys are going to be a real player within the range. The 80s makes a comeback for girls with playful cheerleader style dresses and drop-waist box pleat detailing.  The cheerleader dresses also have unique details such as the mock waistcoat feature.  
Playsuits and the iconic jumpsuits that Isossy do so well have also been updated with halterneck styles with elasticated back bodice detailing.   Picture perfect cute dresses have frilly cap sleeves and racer back is perfect for summertime. Tailoring for boys and girls has become an integral part of this ever evolving range. Easy machine-washable fabrics in soft jerseys and cottons add to the elite quality of this beautiful collection.
Isossy Children was founded by Amanda Rabor in 2010. Isossy Children is a celebration of colour, vivacity, global influences and fashion. It offers children and their parents’ choice, style and design, which is why many of the pieces are limited edition prints. "It keeps our style unique and fresh. We want you to visit the website frequently with the knowledge that our styles and colours will change offering parents new ranges for all occasions", says Amanda.


For Immediate Broadcasting.
The Runway of the Black History will shine in 
In Montreal, on December 5th, 2012.

Once again, Montreal will shine with the second edition of International Black Expo 
Design from 22 till 24 February 2013. This worldly appointment presented by Design 
AMA will honour the designers from here and there, within the framework of the Month 
of the Blacks History. Luxury, fashion, design and multicultural diversity will contribute 
to the development of the ethno-contemporary art on the Montreal scene in the luxurious 
Loft Hotel situated in 314, street Sherbrooke East.
This event will be directed by Madam Marie-Eve-Lyne Michel, host on MATV and  TV5 
By her implications, in the social, technological and cultural fields, she cares for sharing 
and living this colourful event in Montreal.
Further to the success of the first edition, this year Black Expo design will be taken place 
in three days to present a wider range of creations and activities. On Friday and Saturday 
will be held two official receptions of fashion which will emphasize the work of local 
designers and international designers from Haiti, from Africa and from Europe. On 
Sunday will enclose all the festivities with the Social Day of Black Expo Design, an 
activity of sale, exhibitions and conferences.
For more details on the programming, see the following section.
Clothilde N’DRI
Coordonatrice AMA Design.
Tél: 514 570 4948
XACCHI is a conscious label which aims to champion the beauty of African aesthetics and achievements. So to celebrate our new line we have decided to join with two of our favourite charities, S.A.F.E Kenya, and S.O.S Children, to create a fundraising event for their causes. We promise a night of unique fashion, lively music, food, drinks, hilarious comedy, raffle draws with great prizes (1st prize is an Android Tablet), and auctions. It will be hosted by presenter host for Naija Radio, Princess Ifem, and presenter and radio host Remel London.

Xacchi Label presents:
Fashion show & Auction


Date: Saturday 18th August 2012
Time: 4:00pm — 9:00pm
Price: £15.00 (admits one) - includes food and drink

Entertainment includes Live Music, Poetry & Comedy


Location: Camhurst House,
Holloway Community Centre,
Parkhurst Road, London, N7 0NU

Buses: 29, 17, 259, 253, 393, 91 to Parkhurst Rd,
43, 271, 4 to Holloway Rd

Train: Caledonian Road Station and Holloway Road
TICKETS HERE: http://xacchifashionshow

Here is just a little bit about our charities:

SOS CHILDREN: the world’s largest orphan and abandoned children’s charity. Our vision is “a loving home for every child” and we have a rather unique approach to sponsorship which we think is the best for children and child sponsors alike. We work outwards from the children in greatest need into the wider community. Child sponsors and donors worldwide provide a new family and home for more than 78,000 children in 518 unique Children’s Villages in 125 countries. Our supporters also help half a million children stay with their natural families through our programmes in the surrounding communities, and provide education and healthcare for many more.

Contrary to many images of Africa in the media, the Kenya we see is energetic, talented, industrious and progressive. At S.A.F.E., we believe people are rich in entrepreneurial creativity and have the spirit required to make change happen. We just need to give Kenyans the opportunities to lead development for themselves and for their own communities.

Nigerian Couture Designers Dzyn Couture exhibit their new and exclusive line at the African Fashion Week 2012 in London

The sister duo Ogwa Ogbeh-Iweze and Ofure Adive who brought us “The Ankara Generation” last August at the Marriott Maida Vale, are back due to the immense success of last years’ event.

Dzyn Couture will be back to exhibit their exclusive line at the African Fashion Week in London onthe 3rd – 4th August 2012 at Spitalfields Market, the recent winners of a Best New Open Space award. Surpassing the 5,000 attendees at the debut last year, this year's event is set to be bigger and better with a larger venue, and the added media presence of the Olympics being in London; the four corners of the world is focused on what London as a capital has to offer and this Fashion Week will be noexception.

Based in Nigerian’s capital Abuja, Dzyn Couture have created their niche in the Nigerian Fashion Market frequently showcasing their collection at a number of fashion events and as a result they have become ahighly sought after contemporary designer attracting clients across Nigeria.As members of the Runway Abuja Management Team, they have hosted successful fashion shows with guest appearances from Nigeria’s top music performers, to distinguished fashion and media personalities.

The success of Runway Abuja 1 and 2 created a buzz for the fashion line as a force to be reckoned withand as a result has set the platform, enabling them to break barriers and introduce the rest of the world not only to their brand but to the consistent rise of African Fashion.The overall collection is casual chic that can relate to the wardrobes’ of most, incorporating signature pieces to accentuate your everyday style. At the AFWL exhibition, expect to see some really playful pieces for the summer making the simplest Blazers, Skirts, Shorts, and Playsuits come alive. From conception to production, Dzyn Couture ensures the highest quality on every individual garment and offer both ready to wear and made to order.

Dzyn Couture will be exhibiting their exclusive clothing line on both the 3 rd and 4th August 2012, so do come down and stock up for the summer!PR by Transquisite Consulting

Registered Office: 21 Briant House Hercules Road, London SE1 7DE Registered in England and Wales No: 7564643
Telephone: (+234) 8033693041 (+44) 7939692888


The Vodacom Durban July 2012 “Invited Designer Showcase”

This year SUZAAN HEYNS shall participate in the Invited Designer Showcase together with seven other handpicked designers. The theme for the event is sustainability and in fashion this means anything from the use of natural fibres to repurposing and upcycling, al in the name of going green. Fashion at the Durban July is still supposed to glitz and sparkle, the theme is meant to show support for being green.
The Vodacom Durban July is one of the most prestigious horse racing events in the world. The mixture of horse racing and fashion attracts over 50 000 people to Raceday from around the country and huge national media interest leading up to and after the event. The Vodacom Durban July Invited Designer Showcase brought to you by Canon is in its 27th year and has seen some of South Africa’s top designers participate. The event is one that allows designers the freedom to be totally creative, with no retail limitations. The designers’ collections are unveiled at two up-market Fashion Showcase events in Durban leading up to Raceday and on Raceday itself.
The collection featured an intricate black and cream spider-web paneled dress, whilst gold heavily accented the range with buckled panels restraining the body, in a corset like metallic bodice, made from upcycled  belts. Re-claimed gold bath-chain was draped in a delicate contrasting crystal shawl that added a demure feel to the collection.
Suzaan took inspiration from the opulence of art deco and old Hollywood glamour - an era where hedonism was at its peak, when materialism was rife. The collection shows labour intensive garment construction with attention to detail. Suzaan’s take on the ”Material World” translates into an unlikely use of reclaimed materials, to create opulence and glamour from every day items.
Each designer in the 2012 Invited Designers Showcase, creates a distinct and individual interpretation of the theme. Their work is unveiled at the Fashion Showcase on 20 June and again on raceday on the main stage at the Vodacom Durban July. Each is required to design a small range that consists of a showstopper and a raceday ensemble for a couple. 

Nadir Tati: Angola’s Celebrity Designer on the International Runway

Nadir Tati Showcases Her Designs Second Time At African Fashion Week New

New York, NY-June 2012-Angolan designer, Nadir Tati, will exhibit her newest
collection at Africa Fashion Week New York produced by Adirée. AFWNY will
take place in New York City’s Financial District July 12th, 13th, 14th at the Broad

Angolan fashion designer Nadir Tati was first introduced to the fashion world as
a model later a designer. She finds inspiration in her own life and in the history of
her people and their culture. Early Mary, 2012, Nadir exhibited her collection at
South Korea. She says, “It is always gratifying to see people’s feedback and their
interest in Angola, which is very positive at the moment, having into account the
number of visitors in its stand.” The spirit of freedom and liberty will be seen in
her colorful long dresses and shirts for the African women.

AFWNY features runway shows hosting 21+ designers from various countries
in Africa and those of the African Diaspora, exhibitions, and industry networking
events. Opening designers Francis Hendy, Korto Momolu, and designers like
Mafi, Attolle Collection, Geraldo Fashions and others will showcase.

Nadir Tati is an Angolan fashion designer that started out as a model. Her
designs have been showcased in a multitude of countries including Portugal,
Mexico, Spain, Mozambique, United States of America, South Africa and Angola.

About Adirée:
Adirée, based in NYC, NY, focuses on event production, organization, and
consulting for small to medium size clients in the areas of Fashion, Art, and

For More Information Contact:
Adirée │Public Relations
Lena Xia


Media Release
12 June 2012

Loin Cloth and Ashes celebrates an African milestone with the opening of a flagship store

Johannesburg, South Africa – 1 July, 2012 marks the beginning of a new dawn in African fashion as Loin Cloth and Ashes champions the new wave of African renaissance with the opening of their first ever flagship store in the Maboneng Precinct, situated in the heart of Joburg’s new urban development.

Tanzanian-born Anisa Mpungwe, the creative design genius behind Loin Cloth and Ashes (LCA) is at the helm of this new revolution, creating designs that humbly show an intrinsic understanding of the new African woman.

The LCA store will bring a bright spark to the Maboneng Precinct, which is fast becoming the new hub for Africa’s creative spirit and provides just the perfect environment for people to come experience the LCA brand and flirt with the gorgeous garments.

“This is a big step for me and a daring move for my label.  I’m thrilled to have found just the perfect spot for people to come shop and try on our clothes. We’ve been working so hard towards this and I’m glad it has finally come. It’s been a divine journey,” says Mpungwe.

For women who don’t reside in Johannesburg, Mpungwe is proud to announce that along with the flagship store opening, LCA will also launch online via on the same day of the launch, providing a virtual shopping experience for local and international clients.

In an industry that is dominated by established fashion powerhouses and male designers, LCA stands its own ground with a label that caters to urban Africa and tells the story of a more cosmopolitan African woman.

Mpungwe’s Tanzanian background, matched with her global travels and studies in fashion design, puts a stamp of authenticity to her use and understanding of African fabrics and qualifies her pride as an African designer.

True to the brand’s identity as a modern African label operating in a cosmopolitan African era, LCA teamed-up with a band of like-minded African creatives who are all part of the new African renaissance and passionate believers in shining the spotlight on the continent’s ingenious talent.

Mpungwe’s team features the Namibian-born and renowned international show producer Jan Malan of Umzingeli Productions. To complement Malan’s acclaimed showmanship; Mpungwe’s has hired the services of a pioneer in Afro-fusion music, the Mozambican-born Dino Moran who is a preferred DJ and music producer.

Loin Cloth and Ashes first burst on to the local fashion scene in 2008 when designer Anisa Mpungwe became the first black woman to win the Elle New Design Talent.

For Mpungwe, that was just the beginning of her journey. Since then, Loin Cloth and Ashes has appeared on the local catwalks along with making its debut on the international catwalks when she showcased at the prestigious New York Fashion Week as part of the Arise Magazine African Collective in 2010.

Mpungwe’s label has been adorned by an impressive list of clientele, including former South African First Lady Zanele Mbeki and the famed radio personality Anele Mdoda who has become the official ambassador and face of the brand.

Soon, women from all walks of life will be able to embrace a true African identity and embody a proudly African aesthetic when the Loin Cloth and Ashes store opens.

The store details are as follows:

Loin Cloth & Ashes Store | The Main Change | Retail Space One
20 Kruger Street | Maboneng Precinct | Johannesburg, 2094
Cell: 072 143 231 2 |
Business Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Friday : 9:00 – 17:30
Saturday : 9:00  – 15:30
Sunday : 9:00  – 15:30

For more information on Loin Cloth and Ashes launch, please contact:

On-Point PR | Vista Kalipa | | 011 482 3580


London,  UK.31 May2012

UK-based retailer Sapelle makes its debut on 2nd June with the launch of its on-line boutique, selling contemporary womenswear and home d6cor products from African

ethical and fair trade brands. 

This season's bold ethnic and tribal print trend has really taken root, with 

more retailers bringing it into their mainstream collections. ln March, the'Marnifor H&M'collection, 

which incorporated bold tribal patterns, was eagerly lapped up by crowds of shoppers. ASOS's

Africa collection, which goes a step further than just adopting tribal prints by taking production

to a fair trade factory in Tanzania, has even found its way into Michelle Obama's wardrobe.

Ali Hewson's Edun brand sells beautiful luxury pieces, some produced in Africa - with the aim

of supporting and highlighting fair trade. This is an innovative strategy that is gaining

supporters in high places. Vogue ltalia's Franca Sozzani's'Fashion 4 Development'campaign

highlights the benefits of supporting the fledgling African fashion industry; and her recent

collaboration with luxury boutique features a number of top African designers.

The global fashion market also has a growing number of retailers dedicated to selling African

labels, including Myasho which has built up a loyal customer base over the years, as a

leading African fashion retailer. Other players such as Agnes & Lola are responsible for

showcasing trendy young fashion from labels including London-based Chichia and Nlcwo.  joins 

the fray as an on-line boutique selling contemporary African-inspired

fashion and home decor with a strong socially responsible ethos, showcasing a number of

African design labels that have previously had no route to the global marketplace. also sources stock from fair trade cooperatives and talented artisans from

around the continent who use sustainable materials and production methods.

A spokesperson for commented, "lfs exciting that retailers continue to bring

African-inspired design into the limelight. We're very much a part of that movement and we

add to the mix by introducing African products that are both desirable and ethically made.

Our suppliers create beautiful, trendy and well-crafted products in a socially responsible way.

Most African design labels don't have a route to the global fashion market, mainly because of

logistical issues. And most Western retailers don't have the connections or the resources to

seek out the best talent from across the continent. We're here to provide a platform for our

suppliers and a bridge to the growing number of discerning shoppers who seek beautiful

fashion that looks fantastic and is produced responsibly."

As wellas introducing labels not seen in international circles before, will stock

names that are already gaining a foothold in Europe and North America such as Tina

Lobondi, Choolips and Modahnik, as well as fair trade cooperative lndego Africa, which has

collaborations with the likes of Nicole Miller and Ralph Lauren.

Garments on sale at include wardrobe staples like tribal print skirts for office,

seasonal summer dresses and sophisticated formalwear, with an impressive range of fair

trade bags, priced in the mid-range.

For more information, please email, or call Daphne at +44(0) 7867 483 341.



(April 2012) The second instalment of Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL) returns on 3rd and 4th August 2012. Following the unprecedented success of last year's event, AFWL has relocated to London Spitalfields, recent winners of a Best New Open Space award. This year's event is set to be bigger and better with a larger venue, more designers and tons more exhibitors. This will be the first large scale event to showcase UK and non-UK based seasoned and emerging fashion designers inspired by Africa.

The showcase debuted last year with an impressive turnout of over 4,700 attendees, the two day extravaganza created an unparalleled platform for over 50 international designers to showcase their collections. With the Olympics this year, all corners of the world will be focusing on what London has to offer, on and off the race tracks. The time is now to highlight Africa as a frontrunner in the international fashion community.

Spitalfields Market is surrounded by independent shops, cafes, bars and awarding winning restaurants such as Canteen, Galvin La Chapell and Giraffe to name a few. With a capacity of over 10,000 visitors, Spitalfields is the perfect location for a two day display of fashion, art, music and food.

Ronke Ademiluyi, CEO of Africa Fashion Week London says:

'We were astounded by the level of support shown to AFWL last year. This time round, we are taking things to a higher level, with a bigger venue it's hoped the event will reach a higher magnitude. By promoting African fashion globally we hope to integrate African countries into the fashion industry and also contribute to the reduction of poverty by developing the fashion and textile industry'.

To register for a press pass visit www.africafashionweeklondon.

For more details please visit www.africafashionweeklondon.


CHINEDESIGN and TD   are proud to present “Afrotropolis-Wanderland”- a fashion/ art show in celebration of Black History Month.  The event is part of the TD “Then and Now: A Celebration of Black History Month” which also lists the CBC as its media partner. The event will be held:
On:   February 4, 2012
From:  7:30PM to 11:00PM (Show will commence at 8:00PM)
Located at:  99 Sudbury, Toronto ON, M6J 3S7
Admission: $20.00 in advance - $25.00 at Door
Under the creative direction of fashion designer Chinedu Ukabam, “Afrotropolis-Wanderland” is a fashion, film and art exhibition that is inspired by different periods in black history and celebrates the achievements of people of African origin.  Themes explored in this show will include images of resistance, African ideography, power of words and musical ancestry.  The inaugural presentation of Afrotropolis took place in April 2011 at Studio 561 in Toronto and was well received by the Toronto arts/fashion community and the media, getting favourable mentions in the National Post, Sway Magazine, 1LoveTO and others.
Of Nigerian descent, Chinedu draws inspiration from his cultural background and other African and diasporic influences in art, literature, and music.  Since returning from a two year hiatus to study in Paris, he has expanded on his initial street-wear focus and is becoming known for his elegant fusion of cutting-edge fashion with facets of African culture resulting in a style which could be described “modern traditionalism”.
In contrast to the first Afrotropolis show, which was primarily a solo effort, “Afrotropolis-Wanderland” is a collaborative project.  It will feature the work of visual artists Jimmy Chiale and Kalkdian Assefa specifically commissioned to be remixed as print textiles.  “Afrotropolis-Wanderland” will commence with the screening of an original short film co-directed by Chinedu and Marcos Fantu, then seamlessly blends into a fashion runaway featuring models wearing Chinedu’s designs and concludes with a live mannequin gallery that allows the audience to see the designs and the complementary set-design up close.  The event will also feature the SUPAFRIK pop-up shop that will allows visitors to purchase an original work of fashion or art inspired by the show.
“Afrotropolis-Wanderland” is a true celebration of Black History and how it has influenced Canadians of this generation. 
For media inquires contact:  Rehema Vuo - publicrelations@chinedesign.

com 416 910 2682



I which  I was in Lagos to attend this fab event.

PRESS RELEASE: Chika Couture Online Store Launched


15th December 2011

Teenage Fashion Designer Chika Iwenofu Launches African Inspired Online Retail Outlet ‘Chika Couture’The much anticipated Chika Couture online store,, has been launched and just in time for Christmas!Chika Couture is a new UK based African inspired fashion label. The designer, Chika Iwenofu, 18, is of African origin and her use of bold prints and daring cuts show the clear influence the continent has on her designs. The label was founded by Chika in 2009 at the age of 15, and was created to inspire young individuals to embrace culture and diversity through fashion, in such a multicultural society. The young designer has always loved being involved in creative projects and was selected to represent London as a BBC Blast Youth Panel Ambassador in 2009, an initiative aimed at inspiring and helping young people all over the country to discover creative industries and new talents.

The Chika Couture debut Autumn/Winter’ 11 collection was showcased during London Fashion Week at the Fashions Finest Renaissance shows in February and attracted the attention of many people, being featured in various publications including the Guardian Newspaper.Nominated for the ‘Fashions Finest Graduate Designer of the Year’ Award earlier this year, Chika Couture has grown from strength to strength and the latest Spring/Summer’ 12 Collection was showcased at The
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank in September as part of the African Music Festival receiving fantastic reviews and inspiring Chika to continue the pursuit of her career within the fashion industry.

Chika, still in her final year of college, takes pride in her Nigerian heritage and the exclusive Online
Collection features affordable statement pieces which effortlessly juxtapose the bold and graphic West African Ankara prints with soft delicate chiffons and glistening gem stones. Chika Couture pushes the boundaries of conventional fashion, providing contemporary outfits guaranteed to steal the show whatever the occasion.

To be the first to get your hands on the exclusive new collection in time for Christmas, visit the Chika
Couture online store at

For Further Information Contact:

Chika Iwenofu
Creative Director
0753 414 1118

 A new lifestyle hub - Saffron Restaurant and bar  will be having its official opening come this Thursday at the
Siverbird galleriain Lagos .

The classy event will be featuring a photo party by Matton Creationalso there will be
Performances by
Ibiyemi. Chinedu ifeozo, Dipo.

It promises not just to be a classy affair with loads of fine wine and delicious delicacies courtesy Saffron . 

DATE - Thursday Dec 15th
VENUE- The Saffron restaurant and bar , Siverbird galleria
Victoria island lagos
For more information - 07033780236 

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