Friday, August 14, 2009

EFF Spotlight on Africa: Seminar & Marketplace

Lalesso Spring Summer 2009 Collection via Vogue UK

For devoted community members and guests of the Ethical Fashion Forum (EFF), Tuesday, 18th August, marks yet another dynamic event in EFF's informative event line up for Summer 2009:

'HOW FASHION CAN CHANGE LIVES' SEMINAR & MARTKETPLACE: SPOTLIGHT ON AFRICA will be held at RICHMIX
TUESDAY 18TH AUGUST 2009, 6pm - 8:30pm
35-47 Bethnal Green Road
LONDON E1



SEMINAR, 6:30pm
Why is the apparel industry in Africa so important? This seminar focuses on the specific challenges and opportunities related to sourcing for fashion products from a range of locations in Africa. Through case studies, the event will give an insight into how different sourcing models , products and businesses have maximised benefits to communities and minimised environmental impact.

SPEAKERS:

Colin McDowell, The Chair
Cristina Cisilion, Founder of MADE
Rohit Kuthiala, Senior Consultant- Supply chain at Accenture
Jo Maiden, Founder of SOKO
Claire Hamer, former buyer at Topshop, supply chain consultant
Eric Manu, Founder of Clothes Show Live, Ghana

MARKETPLACE, 7:30pm
Alongside the seminar, there will be a marketplace featuring suppliers, leading brands and support organisations working with and from Africa. This will provide you with a practical application of the topics discussed throughout the seminar, using the marketplace as an exhibition for direct case studies.

image courtesy of Arise Magazine

Support Organisations:
Business Fights Poverty, Arise Magazine (tbc)

Production Units:
Mantis World, SOKO, Poul Wedel & Co (tbc), Ethnic Supplies

Brands and Designers:
KiRette Couture, Mzuribeads, Tina Atiemo, UniquEco Designs, Fosuism, Lalesso (tbc), Akabi, Afro-Chique

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