A Kenyan artisan assembling a bag © Louis Nderi & ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative


In 2013, Vogue Italia’s editor-in-chief, Franca Sozzani visited Burkina Faso with the Ethical Fashion Initiative to meet with artisans and provide guidance and feedback to African designers involved in the Initiative. Since, Vogue Italia has provided support to the Ethical Fashion Initiative’s African Designer Programme through events such as Vogue Talents, Vogue’s Fashion Night out and created an opportunity for coverage in the Vogue network. In 2014, Senegalese brand Sophie Zinga and Ghanaian brand, Studio 189 were invited to present their collection at the week-long Vogue Talents event during Milan Fashion Week. Through this event, the brands received coaching directly from the Vogue Italia team.