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BellaNaija Style In Conversation With Simone Cipriani, Head of Ethical Fashion Initiative

Simone is also an officer of the United Nations who is a passionate advocate for fair trade, equal employment, and the promotion of creative micro-enterprises as a vehicle out of poverty.

Led by Simone, EFI has been instrumental in boosting a new generation of rising fashion talent in Africa, showcasing the initiative at several international trade fairs including the EFI Accelerator Programme, the ‘Africa to Rome’ showcase that promoted the works of African designers including Christie Brown and Kiki Clothing,

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The Standard – Ethical Fashion Initiative: Stylist Alexander-Julian Gibbson on diversity, creativity and Lagos style

Alexander-Julian Gibbson is a Houston-based stylist and content creator known for his directional shoots for magazines (think GQ, Vogue and Flaunt) and musicians like Patoranking.

This week, Simone and Clare meet the Nigerian-American creative force to discuss Lagos style, why the world is looking to African fashion right now, and career pathways for emerging Black creatives.

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L’Economia – Le borse ‘sostenibili’e biodegradabili, in caucciù della foresta amazzonica di +Three

+Three°°° collabora con EFI – Ethical Fashion Initiative, il programma di moda etica dell’ONU (di un’agenzia congiunta ONU-WTO, che dal nome International Trade Centre). EFI crea e gestisce filiere di lavoro etiche per artigiane che si trovano a vivere in condizioni di estrema marginalità in paesi in via di sviluppo o affetti da conflitto. Le artigiane di EFI forniscono alcuni fra i maggiori marchi e distributori mondiali di moda. EFI gestisce anche un acceleratore per marchi di moda emergenti in Africa e presiede la UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion.

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Burkina 24 – Burkina Faso : CABES-GIE dans une dynamique de valorisation de l’artisanat

Elle a ajouté que cette célébration est aussi une occasion pour eux de rappeler l’importance de l’artisanat tout en évoquant les conditions dans lesquelles ils vivent. « Le pop pop de cette édition, par les expositions et les troupes traditionnelles, nous voulons rappeler l’importance de l’artisanat dans le monde et surtout au Burkina Faso. Il faut que nous mettions en lumière leur savoir-faire. Les accompagnements dans ce sens sont rares. Il faut trouver un moyen de les booster pour le Bien-être de nos artisans », a-t-elle déclaré.

Pour information, CABES-GIE est une initiative logée dans le projet Ethical Fashion Initiative qui est un projet initié par des agences conjointes de l’organisation des Nations Unies. Il a été initié pour mettre en relation les communautés défavorisées d’artisanats dans le monde. Les éditions précédentes elle a bénéficié de l’accompagnement de l’Union Européenne. Cependant, à cette édition, CABES-GIE a fonctionné sur fonds propres, selon Judith Sawadogo.

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VOGUE – Earth Day 2021: progetti moda e capsule collection

Proprio in occasione dell’Earth Day viene presentata la nuova label +Three°°°.Il nome nasce da un allarmante rapporto dell’UNEP (United Nation Environment Program) che delinea uno scenario in cui entro il 2050 il riscaldamento globale supererà i tre gradi centigradi, innescando alterazioni irreversibili dell’ecosistema globale quali la desertificazione di alcune aree e i fenomeni di gravi eventi atmo- sferici, oltre a colossali migrazioni. +Three°°° collabora con EFI – Ethical Fashion Initiative, il programma di moda etica dell’ONU (di un’agenzia congiunta ONU-WTO, che dal nome International Trade Centre). EFI crea e gestisce filiere di lavoro etiche per artigiane che si trovano a vivere in condizioni di estrema marginalità in paesi in via di sviluppo o affetti da conflitto. Le artigiane di EFI forniscono alcuni fra i maggiori marchi e distributori mondiali di moda. EFI gesti- sce anche un acceleratore per marchi di moda emergenti in Africa e presiede la UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion. EFI applica rigorosamente un codice comportamentale incentrato sul rispetto dei diritti umani, delle condizioni di lavoro come definite nelle convenzioni dell’ILO, sull’applicazione del living wage e su un attenta gestione dell’impatto sia sociale che ambientale.

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Crisalide Press – Debutta +Three°°°, label in ottica green

+Three°°° collabora con EFI – Ethical Fashion Initiative, il programma di moda etica dell’ONU (di un’agenzia congiunta ONU-WTO, che dal nome International Trade Centre). EFI crea e gestisce filiere di lavoro etiche per artigiane che si trovano a vivere in condizioni di estrema marginalità in paesi in via di sviluppo o affetti da conflitto. Le artigiane di EFI forniscono alcuni fra i maggiori marchi e distributori mondiali di moda. EFI gestisce anche un acceleratore per marchi di moda emergenti in Africa e presiede la UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion. EFI applica rigorosamente un codice comportamentale incentrato sul rispetto dei diritti umani, delle condizioni di lavoro come definite nelle convenzioni dell’ILO, sull’applicazione del living wage e su un attenta gestione dell’impatto sia sociale che ambientale.

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The Standard – Ethical Fashion Initiative: Designer Margaux Rusita discusses Burundi’s creative future, woman power

The episode is all about ethically-produced fashion and art, but primarily touches on Burundi and the emerging opportunities within its borders.

The designer explains the challenges in finding artisans who are skilled in traditional techniques, how she’s found it possible to succeed at both motherhood and entrepreneurship through “passion, love and perseverance” and how Burundi will learn to appreciate art once more.

Simone Cipriani (Founder and Head of the Ethical Fashion Initiative (“EFI”) and Clare Press (Sustainable Journalist and Writer), return to host the second series of the Ethical Fashion podcast, first launched in June 2020 to champion the power of discussion and explore the issues driving the ethical fashion conversation.

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Fashion Network – +Three°°°: nasce l’etichetta di borse etica e sostenibile di AmazonLife

+Three°°° collabora infatti con EFI – Ethical Fashion Initiative, il programma di moda etica dell’ONU, la quale crea e gestisce filiere di lavoro etiche per artigiane che si trovano a vivere in condizioni di estrema marginalità in Paesi in via di sviluppo o affetti da conflitto. Un successo quello di EFI, tanto che le sue artigiane forniscono alcuni fra i maggiori marchi e distributori mondiali di moda. EFI gestisce anche un acceleratore per marchi fashion emergenti in Africa e presiede la UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion.

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BellaNaija – Ethical Fashion Initiative Accelerator Programme Designers discuss being an Emerging Brand in the Global Fashion Market

The Ethical Fashion Initiative’s Ethical Fashion Podcast aired the third episode, ‘New African Designers To Know’, of its second series dedicated solely to African stories, on April 8th.

Hosts Simone Cipriani and Clare Press guide the conversation alongside two designers from the Ethical Fashion Initiative’s inaugural Accelerator Programme for African Designers, Jennifer Mulli of Kenyan brand Jiamini, and Lukhanyo Mdingi, founder of South African brand with the same name. Jiamini, known for its extravagant beaded handiwork, and Lukhanyo Mdingi, a locally-manufactured fashion brand globally recognized for its sophisticated collections, both form a part of a new wave of emerging designers that are promoting the future of slow fashion.

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Vogue Business – Want to be sustainable? Try going small

“The current business model of the industry – the one only based on shareholder value, which is to say a very short term view – is not sustainable”.

“We work in many areas with extreme poverty and we see the need for people to have more in many of these places. These conversations on circulatory, on reducing production, must not hide the most important conversation. In this global conversation on the new business model, there must also be a conversation about equity and justice.” says Cipriani

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YFM Ghana – Being a woman in tech and a competitive new tech generation

Geneva, 1st April 2021: ‘Women & Tech. Doing Business in Africa’, the second episode in the newly premiered Ethical Fashion Podcast’s second series, airs today featuring two prominent female business leaders in Ghana and their trajectory towards a career in tech in the region.

The booming creative economy and continuous growing access to technology in the continent offer exciting opportunities for the new generation. But with young adults making up an incredible 60% of Africa’s unemployed population, the secret to getting ahead remains unclear. Guest hosted by Roberta Annan, Ghanaian entrepreneur and founder of African Fashion Foundation, in conversation with Vodafone Ghana’s CEO Patricia Obo-Nai, this second episode seeks to explore the career challenges the young population is facing today and how digital connectivity and mentoring of the new generation might be the solutions to professional success.

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My Joy – ‘Women & Tech Doing Business in Africa’ features Roberta Annan and Patricia Obo-Nai

‘Women & Tech. Doing Business in Africa’, the second episode in the newly premiered Ethical Fashion Podcast’s second series, aired on Thursday.

It featuring two prominent female business leaders in Ghana and their trajectory towards a career in tech in the region.

The booming creative economy and continuous growing access to technology in the continent offer exciting opportunities for the new generation. But with young adults making up an incredible 60% of Africa’s unemployed population, the secret to getting ahead remains unclear.

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BellaNaija – Virgil Abloh discusses equalizing Creative Expression and Democratizing Luxury in Ethical Fashion Podcast dedicated to African Stories

The Ethical Fashion Initiative launched the second series of its podcast dedicated to African stories on March 25th, with an exclusive interview featuring world-renowned designer of Ghanian descent, Virgil Abloh, who openly speaks on his experience of racism, his attempts to democratize luxury fashion, and his thoughts on social media.

Abloh, who is Louis Vuitton Men’s Artistic Director as well as the founder of Milan-based label Off-White, offers a radical vision of all forms of creative expression being equal. “An Instagram post is as much of an artwork as a 300-look fashion collection,” he says. “Something I made 20 years ago as a student – like my thesis [on] architecture … is just as valid as a new Nike shoe. There is no hierarchy.”

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The Standard – Virgil Abloh discusses equalising creative expression in new Ethical Fashion Podcast dedicated to African fashion

Virgil Abloh is one of the most interesting designers in the global fashion industry today. He is the artistic director of menswear at Louis Vuitton, as well as the creative force behind his own brand, Off-White. A true polymath, he is a multimedia artist who moves culture forwards and describes his creative process across multiple platforms as “taking an idea and dreaming it aloud”.

In the first episode of Series 2 of the Ethical Fashion Podcast, Simone and Clare sit down with Abloh to discuss diversity and inclusion, his latest projects, what he calls “mentoring by existence” and his personal creative journey. It’s a rollercoaster ride conversation, swooping from Andy Warhol to Miles Davis and James Baldwin to Caravaggio, fashion students, Abloh’s aims and inspirations, and the role of a designer today.

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Glitz – Virgil Abloh in revealing new interview for ethical fashion podcast dedicated to African stories

The Ethical Fashion Initiative will launch the second series of its podcast dedicated to African stories, today March 25th, with an exclusive interview featuring world-renowned designer of Ghanian descent, Virgil Abloh, who openly speaks on his experience of racism, his attempts to democratise luxury fashion and his thoughts on social media.

Abloh, who is Louis Vuitton Men’s Artistic Director as well as founder of Milan-based label Off-White, offers a radical vision of all forms of creative expression being equal. “An Instagram post is as much of an artwork as a 300-look fashion collection,” he says. “Something I made 20 years ago as a student – like my thesis [on] architecture … is just as valid as a new Nike shoe. There is no hierarchy.” This makes sense, given his recent opening up of Off-White’s platform to emerging creatives via Imaginary TV. Abloh is smashing down the barriers to entry.

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Fashion United – Virgil Abloh joins Ethical Fashion Podcast

Louis Vuitton Homme and Off-White designer Virgil Abloh has joined the Ethical Fashion Podcast Series as its first guest for its second season.

Hosted by Simone Cipriani and Clare Press, the podcast series explores African entrepreneurship, ethical fashion, diversity, female empowerment, inclusivity, and the future of sustainable fashion.

The episode titled, Fashion, Art, and Mentoring by Existence with Virgil Abloh, explores the designer’s rise in the global fashion industry. He describes his creative process as “taking an idea and dreaming it aloud.”

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My Style News – Virgil Abloh Dives In on ‘Ethical Fashion’ Podcast

Virgil Abloh is dipping into the sustainability podcast niche.

As part of the United Nation’s Ethical Fashion Initiative, the Louis Vuitton men’s creative lead and Off-White founder will be joining the “Ethical Fashion” podcast for its second season as the inaugural guest.

“​An Instagram post is as much of an artwork as a 300-look fashion collection,​” Abloh said in the episode. “​Something I made 20 years ago as a student — like my thesis [on] architecture…is just as valid as a new Nike shoe. There is no hierarchy.​”

While the first season spotlighted global artisans, hosts Simone Cipriani and Clare Press are devoting season two to sustainability, diversity, design and female empowerment with an aim to spotlight African creatives and entrepreneurs.

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WWD – Virgil Abloh Dives In on ‘Ethical Fashion’ Podcast

Virgil Abloh is dipping into the sustainability podcast niche.

As part of the United Nation’s Ethical Fashion Initiative, the Louis Vuitton men’s creative lead and Off-White founder will be joining the “Ethical Fashion” podcast for its second season as the inaugural guest.

“​An Instagram post is as much of an artwork as a 300-look fashion collection,​” Abloh said in the episode. “​Something I made 20 years ago as a student — like my thesis [on] architecture…is just as valid as a new Nike shoe. There is no hierarchy.​”

While the first season spotlighted global artisans, hosts Simone Cipriani and Clare Press are devoting season two to sustainability, diversity, design and female empowerment with an aim to spotlight African creatives and entrepreneurs.

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Fashion Haute Africa – LUKHANYO MDINGI SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE AT THE FIRST EDITION OF ETHICAL FASHION INITIATIVE

The collection features designs with high quality fabrics produced locally. The large hand-woven scarves were inspired by Nicholas Coutts’ style inculcating a mix of rich shades and textures. Key elements of the duo’s aesthetic and also a blend of handcrafted garments and minimalist classic pieces, tricot garments with abstract designs in bold, but warm colors.

The Ethical Fashion Initiative accelerator programme sees the launch of the most interesting emerging talents of the African creative scene and also provides designers with e-commerce entry and a global audience.

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VOGUE IT – Pitti Uomo 99: Lukhanyo Mdingi partecipa a Ethical Fashion Initiative

Lukhanyo Mdingi, il designer del brand omonimo fondato nel 2015 con sede a Città del Capo, in Sudafrica, è stato selezionato per partecipare a Pitti Uomo 99 durante alla prima edizione di Ethical Fashion Initiative, il nuovo acceleratore che vede il lancio dei talenti emergenti più interessanti della scena creativa africana.

La nuova collezione conferma la vocazione del brand a creare capi senza tempo e dalla fattura squisita che sono il simbolo dell’autenticità e dell’integrità del brand. Ma questa volta sono anche un’ode all’amicizia e all’amore. Al centro della collezione c’è una toccante lettera a un altro giovane designer sudafricano, suo collaboratore e caro amico, Nicholas Coutts, scomparso prematuramente nel maggio 2019.

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El Pais – Puntadas de solidaridad

Por ejemplo, el Made by Women impulsado por la ONG Internacional Care (del que, hasta 2019, se beneficiaron más de 3,5 millones de mujeres) o proyectos más recientes como la Ethical Fashion Initiative, que al amparo de la ONU y la Agencia Internacional de Comercio forma y emplea a mujeres de comunidades marginadas de África. Bajo el lema “Trabajo, no caridad”, Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney o la española Camper colaboran con ella, dando visibilidad a las artesanas subsaharianas, de la misma manera que la diseñadora Gabriela Hearst lo hace con las integrantes de la cooperativa Manos de Uruguay en su país natal. “El hecho de que se les dé una oportunidad, les da la fuerza para continuar. Pero más importante todavía que enseñarles un oficio, es acompañarlas durante todo ese proceso”, explica Núria Sardá.

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Mission Mag – MARGAUX WONG’S WEARABLE ART CELEBRATES AFRICAN OPULENCE

Artisanally crafted in Bujumbura, Burundi, Margaux Rusita’s jewelry tells a story that goes deeper than the necklace chain. The culturally-inspired, custom pieces of wearable art for her brand, titled Margaux Wong, reflect Rusita’s journey with creative expression in the fashion business. Honoring African opulence, the organic pieces don a contemporary design ripened by tradition.

Margaux Wong emerged as part of the selected talent invited to join the Designer Accelerator Programme from the Ethical Fashion Initiative, an organization that connects local artisans to the global market. Through the initiative’s mentorship program, Margaux Wong was able to access guidance with business logistics and brand aesthetics. “We are currently in our second season, as we have been able to successfully produce a collection, now being presented at a tremendously high standard at Pitti, based in Italy,” explained Rusita in an email to Mission.

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VOGUE ITALIA – Ethical Fashion Initiative: una nuova call per l’EFI Acceleration Programme

Ethical Fashion Initiative lancia l’edizione 2021-2022 del suo Accelerator Programme specificatamente pensato per brand africani. La nuova edizione del prestigioso EFI ​African Designer Accelerator ​Programme è infatti dedicata a creativi e brand provenienti da Benin, Burkina Faso, Eritrea, Costa d’Avorio, Kenya, Mali e Uganda.I quattro brand che hanno fatto parte, selezionati tra centinaia, della prima edizione del bando sono Lukhanyo Mdingi, WUMAN, Margaux Wong and JIAMINI. Hanno beneficiato di mentoring personalizzato e del supporto per sviluppare il loro brand e il loro business e sono ora protagonisti, grazie a una speciale partnership con Pitti, sulla piattaforma Pitti Connect.

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Haute Fashion Africa – ETHICAL FASHION INITIATIVE DESIGNERS ACCELERATOR PROGRAMME 2021/22: OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Footwear, accessories, jewelry and ready to wear fashion brands from Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Eritrea, Kenya, Mali and Uganda who have been in business a minimum of five years and have an annual turnover of USD $10,000 or more are eligible to submit their proposals to be a part of this programme.

This Accelerator Programme supported by the European Union is all about supporting clean-lined and sustainably-crafted labels based in these countries and it aspires to propel brands forward, providing them with the support and guidance they need for a successful global debut as well as prepare them to become investment-ready.

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Fiber 2 Fashion – 3 Kenyan labels selected for EFI Accelerator programme

Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI), a joint venture of the United Nations and the International Trade Centre, recently selected three Kenyan designer labels—Hamaji, KATUSH by Katungulu Mwendwa and Suave Kenya—to participate in its second Accelerator programme. These were selected based on usage of natural fibres, upcycled and recycled fabrics in their collections.

The selected brands will have access to production support, expand their supply chain and scale up their production, source new products and develop their production team. The accelerator will support the management and production of the key designs of the first collection, which will be manufactured through experienced companies selected within the EFI network.

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Kohan Textile Journal – “EFI’s Accelerator Programme selects three Kenyan Designers”

The Ethical Fashion Initiative – a joint venture of the UN and WTO’s International Trade Centre, has selected three Kenyan designers to participate in the second Ethical Fashion Initiative Accelerator programme; Katush by Katungulu Mwendwa, SUAVE and HAMAJI.

The chosen designers all share a commitment to sustainability, using reclaimed and organic fabrics to create their collections, whilst noting their country and upbringing in Kenya as heavily inspiring their work.

The launch of the EFI Kenya Fashion Accelerator highlights the distinct design talent within Kenya and follows the organisation’s successful launch of their nationwide accelerator search in 2019. Selected designers benefit from mentoring and brand development from the EFI team and industry experts.

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Fashion United – Three Kenya designers join the Ethical Fashion Initiative

The Ethical Fashion Initiative, a joint venture from the UN and World Trade Organisation’s International Trade Centre, has selected three Kenyan brands – Katush by Katungulu Mwendwa, Suave, and Hamaji to participate in its second accelerator programme.
Each of the designers was chosen for their “commitment to sustainability” as they use reclaimed and organic fabrics to create their collections, as well as noting their country and upbringing in Kenya as heavily inspiring their work. The launch of the Ethical Fashion Initiative Kenya Fashion Accelerator aims to highlight the distinct design talent within Kenya and follows the organisation’s successful launch of their nationwide accelerator search in 2019.

There will be a focus on the specific needs of African fashion brands, with this accelerator programme, with a business development approach that prepares its beneficiaries to become investment ready, to accelerate their business in the global marketplace.

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The Star – Fashion design trio chosen for mentoring

Three Kenyan designers have been selected to participate in the second ​Ethical Fashion Initiative Accelerator. Hamaji, Katungulu Mwendwa of Katush and Mohammed Awale of ​Suave welcomed the opportunity as a platform to grow. The initiative (EFI) is a joint venture of the UN and WTO’s International Trade Centre. It follows the organisation’s successful launch of their nationwide accelerator search in 2019. Selected designers benefit from mentoring and brand development from the EFI team and industry experts. The chosen designers all share a commitment to sustainability, using reclaimed and organic fabrics to create their collections, while noting their country and upbringing in Kenya as heavily inspiring their work.

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