The Ethical Fashion Initiative is a programme of the International Trade Centre,
a joint agency of the United Nations and the
World Trade Organisation.
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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.
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.
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…
Chocolate By Kwaku Bediako
Dent de Man
MaXhosa by Laduma