Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Fashion Torch Incubation Hub Launch

 

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After three months of product testing, evaluation and thorough research, on 25th June 2016  my friends at Fashion Torch Africa officially launched East and Central Africa’s first Business incubation and mentor ship hub for fashion and and creative arts brands and ideas. FTA HUB works with a vision of Growing Africa Fashion and creative arts brands and ideas into successful sustainable businesses. FTA HUB equips these brands with training, access to funding, investors, office space, mentor ship, PR and marketing, media coverage and a space where Africa fashion entrepreneurs co-work from, collaborate, meet up, network together in a bid to grow Africa fashion and creative arts industry..

The launch had a total number of 109 people creatives in attendance who not only came to witness the occasion but also took part in themed concussions among them the impact the hub will have in the growth of Africa fashion industry. the main speakers of the day were Evelyne Odongo CEO Mefa Creations ( Kenya),  Mr Obileye from Nigeria, Beata Otieno Award winning Stylist and Head Stylist at Couture Africa Magazine, Wendy from Couture Africa magazine,

This year has been the most inspiring year in my life as an entrepreneur, this is the year my heart started  beating heavily for Africa fashion and creative industry… This is the year i felt a huge burden in my heart to see creative entrepreneurs doing well. This is the year i felt i needed to create something tangible that will spearhead the growth Africa fashion brands into successful sustainable businesses.-Wilkings Odinga Fadhili, Founder and CEO of Fashion Torch Africa

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 I remember when the incubation hub was still an idea and I always take pride in the African Youth who  make moves and make things happening. There is no doubt that this hub will surely change and improve the lives of the entrepreneurs around Africa and especially Kenya.

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The Africa Fashion Exchange

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The Africa Fashion Exchange (AFX) took place on the 23rd to 25th of June in Durban hosted by the KZN Fashion Council in partnership with Department of Arts and Culture (DAC), the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, (EDTEA) and the Economic Development and Investment Promotion Unit (ED&IPU) of the EThekwini Municipality. The Africa Fashion Exchange is a market intelligence, thought-leadership, business exchange and market access platform programme . The purpose of this event is to drive fashion and design in the province, ensuring national and continental competitiveness and establishing sustainable business for the clothing and textile sector.It is envisaged that it will begin to address the most inherent challenges of the industry – the lack of the necessary sustained exposure and suitable platforms from which South African and African designers can market their products, exchange business ideas and set the agenda for the fashion sector in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Africa Fashion Exchange has secured representation by designers through their Sister Cities programme”. African designers such as Anna Ngann Yonn (Cameroon), Christine Njoki (Kenya), Juliana Ella Nasasira (Uganda), Fatmah Naeem (Tanzania), Fikile Dube (Zimbabwe) and Chic Therapy (Nigeria) will surely make their mark on South African soil as they have already done in their respective countries in celebrating “Building a Better Africa and a Better World”.

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AFX attracted the attention of Fashion Enthusiast from all over South Africa and beyond. I really love the fact that the event did not just address the clothes but also addressed the business of fashion, fashion trends and fashion PR among other things. Designers and people in the creative industry tend to forget to take care of the admin like registering your business. All the nitty gritties of fashion were discussed with industry experts.

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Fashion Illustrations By Tiwatope

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Tiwatope Adetoye is the Creative Director of Sapphire by ‘tieri Ltd, a 21st century fashion solutions company. She is a fashion entrepreneur based in Lagos who started illustrating when she was young but really started when she saw an illustration by Ominigho-Aita Imona and had the chance to be mentored by her. She has been illustrating since. Tiwatope is inspired by everything from contemporary alternative music, a crawling ant inside the sugar cupboard to everyday happenings around her and of course fashion shows, social gatherings even a good book.
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time- Thomas Merton
Tiwa says this quote resonates with her, she has lost and found herself in illustrating.
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Find her on instagram @sbtillustrations