With the Support and Partnership of the European Union


Design Mentorship

The Ethical Fashion Initiative works with African designers to promote local fashion talent, develop the industry on the continent and improve export capacities. We showcase the creativity and talent of African Designers, as well as encouraging manufacturing with African artisans. 

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.


The Accelerator

The EFI has launched an Accelerator programme for emerging brands producing in Africa, to prepare brands to become investment ready. Click here to read more. 

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

Design Mentorship

The Design Mentorship programme has helped to put Africa on the global fashion map, by exhibiting African design at top industry events, and providing 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 


Anyango Mpinga


Buki Akib 

Chocolate By Kwaku Bediako

Christie Brown

Dent de Man

Duaba Serwa

Ikire Jones

Kenneth Ize

Kiki Clothing

Lisa Folawiyo

Lukhanyo Mdingi

MaXhosa by Laduma

Mimi Plange

Mina Evans


Orange Culture

Projecto Mental

Sindiso Khumalo

Sophie Zinga

Studio 189

Thebe Magugu