African Designers

The Ethical Fashion Initiative works with African designers to promote local fashion talent and develop the industry on the continent. 

We showcase the creativity and talent of African Designers, as well as encouraging manufacturing with African artisans, and supporting the development of export capacities. 

The Ethical Fashion Initiative’s African Designer programme first launched in 2013 and operated out of Ghana. In Ghana, the Ethical Fashion Initiative has helped set up a garment production centre where quality clothing and accessories can be produced by African artisans, currently known as the PDC. 


Beat of Africa at Biffi Boutique, 2015. Photo by Solange Souza

The Impact Fund for Africa (IFFA)

As of 2018, the EFI works with the African Fashion Fund to create an investment fund that covers the gap between public intervention and business reality in the creative and fashion sectors of Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Impact Fund for Africa (IFFA), a €100 million euro fund which was launched at the Paris Peace Forum in 2018, will boost creative and lifestyle industries on the continent. The mobilisation of private capital for the financing of investments will create employment and bring peace and stability. 


Ashish Shah (ITC), Giorgio Ficarelli (EU), Roberta Annan and Simone Cipriani at the Launch of the IFFA at the Paris Peace Forum in 2018. Photo: Laurent Harbulot

Design Mentorship

The Design Mentorship programme has helped to put Africa on the global fashion map, through exhibiting African design at top industry events, and mentoring and guidance from industry experts. 

Working with international fashion scouts, we have brought designers from the continent to events such as Vogue Fashion Night Out, Pitti l’Uomo, and AltaRoma. 


See some of the designers that we have worked with below…




Anita Quansah 



Buki Akib 

Chocolate By Kwaku Bediako

Christie Brown

Dent de Man

Duaba Serwa

Ikire Jones

Kiki Clothing

Lisa Folawiyo

Lukhanyo Mdingi

MaXhosa by Laduma

Mimi Plange

Mina Evans


Orange Culture

Projecto Mental

Sindiso Khumalo

Sophie Zinga

Radford Collective

Studio 189


MaXhosa by Laduma SS16 - Constellation Africa - Pitti x EFI © Pitti Immagine Giovanni Giannoni

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