Seems like only yesterday when I sat down with Jacqueline Shaw in a little cafe down Goodge Street in London, exchanging views and discussing about our passion (textiles) and our goals and other interests in the fashion industry in general. A few months later, Anna Luks was one of the first African diaspora clothing designer label being featured on the AFG early 2011. Anna Luks was launching its 1st summer collection after graduating in 2010.
Here we are one year later, Africa Fashion Guide has become one of the most informative body in the Fashion Industry globally. AFG has penetrated in the inner most parts of Africa and highlights information that we might never had known existed.
"Cotton made in Africa is an initiative of the Aid by Trade Foundation that helps people help themselves through trade" Farmers in Zimbabwe
AFG's aims (mentioning a few) in providing a platform as well as promoting African Fashion and Textile industry globally. They also feature African designers wherever they are including, craftsmanship, manufactures, retailers and textile designers worldwide. In addition to this AFG greatly supports the economic development in Africa, i.e., the use of ethical and sustainable textiles by encouraging trade relationships over just Aid and World Fair Trade Organisations principles (WFTO). To sum it all up AFG is all about aesthetics and ethics in fashion today.
AFG is celebrated its 1st birthday on 9th September this year in style. What other way of celebrating, none other than in very grounds of its mother land itself, Nairobi the capital city of Kenya in East Africa. AFG hosted these celebration 2 months ago in October 2012 with a seminar that consisted of a three panel discussions with the international industry leaders.
Jacqueline Shaw founder of AFG at the seminar in Nairobi