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. 

EFI is also partnering with the African Fashion Fund on the development of The Impact Fund for African Creatives (IFFAC), which was set up in 2018 to increase access to finance for African designers as well as developing business and market skills.

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…

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AAKS

AMEYO

Anita Quansah 

APiF

Barkers-Woode

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

MO SAIQUE

Orange Culture

Projecto Mental

Sindiso Khumalo

Sophie Zinga

Radford Collective

Studio 189

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