Luxury Fashion Publication Vogue Italia in Media Partnership with Ghana Fashion & Design Week (GFDW) 2015

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Luxury Fashion Publication Vogue Italia in Media Partnership with Ghana Fashion & Design Week (GFDW) 2015.

We are honoured to introduce again this year in continuous partnership, our International Media partner – Vogue Italia. The cutting edge Luxury Magazine saw its first ever collaboration with fashion in Africa since the existence of the publication initiated by Ghana Fashion & Design Week in 2012. Vogue Italia has continued partnership with the GFDW platform, with international media coverage and exclusive campaign publications, as well as providing editorial insight into the event till date.

Launched in 1965, VOGUE Italia is the most influential Italian fashion and style magazine in the world. Always a pioneer, it sets the pace of the fashion world.

The Vogue Italia brand takes on topics that are powerful, contemporary and
cutting-edge, with an unmistakable style of its own. In 2010, the website Vogue.it was launched and continues to receive acclaim from industry insiders and readers alike.  The Vogue brand is available on three platforms: magazine, digital and events. Vogue magazine is published monthly.

Adding to the world’s most influential Italian magazine, is an online segment – Vogue Black, a section of dynamic curation of fashion industry and lifestyle news coverage created by Editor in Chief and visionary Franca Sozzani to raise public awareness on things that matter, that are often neglected. Contributing Editors to Vogue Black has included the legendary Bethann Hardison.

Website: www.vogue.it

GFDW 2015 EVENT INFORMATION

REGISTRATION FOR ACCREDITATION
For interested Press, Media, Retail Buyers, Photographers and Videographers. 
or access via this link: www.ghanafashiondesignweek.com/registration-schedule

EVENT TICKETS available to purchase on the GFDW website for anyone wishing to attend the event this October, 23 – 25, 2015.

Press & Media Enquiries
press@ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Event Ticket & General Enquiries
:
event@ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Participation Enquiries
CATWALK PRESENTATION: designers@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
TRADE EXHIBITION SHOW: exhibit@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
MODELS Participation: models@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
SEMINAR Registration: seminars@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
INTERNSHIP Enquiries: internship@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
SPONSOR / PARTNERSHIP: sponsor@ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Find Us Here
Website:        www.ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Official Blog: www.ghanafashionweek.wordpress.com

Facebook:     www.facebook.com/Ghanafashionweek

Twitter:          www.twitter.com/ghanafashionwk

Instagram:     www.ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Tumblr:         www.ghanafashionweek.tumblr.com

Youtube:       www.youtube.com/user/GFDWTV

About GFDW:
Ghana Fashion & Design Week®  (GFDW) is Ghana’s most innovative fashion business week platform, pioneering innovation in fashion business and creativity. An international platform for commerce envisioned to support, direct and lead both emerging and established creative business practitioners. The event focus is directed at fashion and product design entrepreneurs, including accessories and interior design practitioners in Ghana, and in the Diaspora of the mother continent, alongside international designers, and businesses to showcase and exhibit their collections and products to a global audience for trade and marketing.
GFDW New Talent Spot™ initiative space empowers and supports the development of talented nascent new graduates. Focused on providing essential business start-up continuity and creative design support as they transit from graduates to becoming new creative business entrepreneurs in Ghana.
ETHIKHA™ platform at GFDW centers on Ethical Fashion & Sustainability development, dedicated to designers and social enterprises committed to driving social impact through fashion and design innovation, to improve the lives of society’s underprivileged.

– Written & Released by: Ghana Fashion & Design Week

HauTe Fashion Africa brings Fashion Media support to Ghana Fashion & Design Week – in partnership at (GFDW) 2015

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HauTe Fashion Africa brings Fashion Media support to Ghana Fashion & Design Week – in partnership at (GFDW) 2015

Accra, 30 July 2015 ) – We welcome our supportive online Media Partner HauTe Fashion Africa with excitement! One of GFDW continuous fashion Media Partners, and a dedicated supporter of the platform since inception. We are truly encouraged by founder, Wadami Amolegbe’s support for the industry and designers development in Africa, which she gracefully extends in supporting GFDW initiatives and efforts that aligns with her passionate mission, and continuous effort towards Africa Fashion business industry development.

HauTeFashionAfrica.com is the go-to-place for insightful fashion business and development news. Over 7 years of delivering quality fashion industry media, HFA features the works of African Fashion designers worldwide, exhibiting a taste for the culturally tempered with an appreciation of the varied degrees of influence by the west in today’s fashion.

Starting off as a magazine inspired by designers, photographers and websites such as; Deola Sagoe, Kelechi Amadi-Obi and iFashion.co.za in 2006, founder, Wadami Amolegbe continuous passion led it to serve as a platform profile for African designers, giving them exposure in the fashion world.

As one of the first leading platform’s dedicated to Designers and Fashion news in Africa, HauTeFashionAfrica.com extends its reach to bring the hottest news trending on the global fashion industry scene, travelling the world during Reputable Fashion Week in Fashion Capitals such as New York, London, Paris, South Africa & Lagos, scouting African Fashion Designers progress beyond the continent, with news worthy information shared on the HFA portal with daily Fashion Show Reviews, and trend reports.

HauTeFashionAfrica.com boasts the largest updated directory of African Fashion Designers and collections significant to the industry. It also serves as a Fashion Resource point and platform to introduce new talent to the Fashion Industry locally and Internationally.

HauTeFashionAfrica.com and its Editors have been featured in different print and online publications including The New York Times, International Herald Tribune & True Love SA.The dynamic media platform continues it’s mission to celebrate and support African Fashion Designers with creating unique synergies with fashion weeks that are dedicated to the industry development in Africa.

Website:   www.hautefashionafrica.com

GFDW 2015 EVENT INFORMATION

REGISTRATION FOR ACCREDITATION
For interested Press, Media, Retail Buyers, Photographers and Videographers. 
or access via this link: www.ghanafashiondesignweek.com/registration-schedule

EVENT TICKETS available to purchase on the GFDW website for anyone wishing to attend the event this October, 23 – 25, 2015.

Press & Media Enquiries
press@ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Event Ticket & General Enquiries
:
event@ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Participation Enquires
CATWALK PRESENTATION: designers@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
TRADE EXHIBITION SHOW: exhibit@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
MODELS Participation: models@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
SEMINAR Registration: seminars@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
INTERNSHIP Enquiries: internship@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
SPONSOR / PARTNERSHIP: sponsor@ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Find Us Here
Website:        www.ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Official Blog: www.ghanafashionweek.wordpress.com

Facebook:     www.facebook.com/Ghanafashionweek

Twitter:          www.twitter.com/ghanafashionwk

Instagram:     www.ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Tumblr:         www.ghanafashionweek.tumblr.com

Youtube:       www.youtube.com/user/GFDWTV

About GFDW:
Ghana Fashion & Design Week®  (GFDW) is Ghana’s most innovative fashion business week platform, pioneering innovation in fashion business and creativity. An international platform for commerce envisioned to support, direct and lead both emerging and established creative business practitioners. The event focus is directed at fashion and product design entrepreneurs, including accessories and interior design practitioners in Ghana, and in the Diaspora of the mother continent, alongside international designers, and businesses to showcase and exhibit their collections and products to a global audience for trade and marketing.
GFDW New Talent Spot™ initiative space empowers and supports the development of talented nascent new graduates. Focused on providing essential business start-up continuity and creative design support as they transit from graduates to becoming new creative business entrepreneurs in Ghana.
ETHIKHA™ platform at GFDW centers on Ethical Fashion & Sustainability development, dedicated to designers and social enterprises committed to driving social impact through fashion and design innovation, to improve the lives of society’s underprivileged.

– Written & Released by: Ghana Fashion & Design Week

Time Out Accra brings Accra’s City support to Ghana Fashion & Design Week – in Media Partnership at (GFDW) 2015

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Time Out Accra brings Accra’s City support to Ghana Fashion & Design Week – in Media Partnership at (GFDW) 2015

(Accra, 30 July 2015) – We are excited to welcome back our continuous local Media Partner and most influential Accra City’s Guide Magazine – Time Out Accra this year! Fully supportive of GFDW industry development efforts, the local Guide magazine joins the platform in support of event activities, delivering essential and informative news published through the platform online media. With must-read write-ups on fashion week exclusively published in print.

Time Out is the world’s most renowned City Guide publication. The globally recognized superbrand, which stands unique with its red, black and white brand logo, serves tourists, business people, local Ghanaian residents with informative news about the City’s most treasured places, contemporary Arts, and list of best events trending Ghana’s most vibrant City and one Africa’s most loved!
Accessible in print and digital publications, as well as online to all global readers, it delivers the most up-to-date information and guide on the City of Accra, serving also successful, well-travelled, cosmopolitan members of the global cultural elite. 

Website:   www.timeout.com/accra

GFDW 2015 EVENT INFORMATION

REGISTRATION FOR ACCREDITATION
For interested Press, Media, Retail Buyers, Photographers and Videographers. 
or access via this link: www.ghanafashiondesignweek.com/registration-schedule

EVENT TICKETS available to purchase on the GFDW website for anyone wishing to attend the event this October, 23 – 25, 2015.

Press & Media Enquiries
press@ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Event Ticket & General Enquiries
:
event@ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Participation Enquiries
CATWALK PRESENTATION: designers@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
TRADE EXHIBITION SHOW: exhibit@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
MODELS Participation: models@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
SEMINAR Registration: seminars@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
INTERNSHIP Enquiries: internship@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
SPONSOR / PARTNERSHIP: sponsor@ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Find Us Here
Website:        www.ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Official Blog: www.ghanafashionweek.wordpress.com

Facebook:     www.facebook.com/Ghanafashionweek

Twitter:          www.twitter.com/ghanafashionwk

Instagram:     www.ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Tumblr:         www.ghanafashionweek.tumblr.com

Youtube:       www.youtube.com/user/GFDWTV

About GFDW:
Ghana Fashion & Design Week®  (GFDW) is Ghana’s most innovative fashion business week platform, pioneering innovation in fashion business and creativity. An international platform for commerce envisioned to support, direct and lead both emerging and established creative business practitioners. The event focus is directed at fashion and product design entrepreneurs, including accessories and interior design practitioners in Ghana, and in the Diaspora of the mother continent, alongside international designers, and businesses to showcase and exhibit their collections and products to a global audience for trade and marketing.
GFDW New Talent Spot™ initiative space empowers and supports the development of talented nascent new graduates. Focused on providing essential business start-up continuity and creative design support as they transit from graduates to becoming new creative business entrepreneurs in Ghana.
ETHIKHA™ platform at GFDW centers on Ethical Fashion & Sustainability development, dedicated to designers and social enterprises committed to driving social impact through fashion and design innovation, to improve the lives of society’s underprivileged.

– Written & Released by: Ghana Fashion & Design Week

ABN TV joins Ghana Fashion & Design Week with TV Media support – in partnership at (GFDW) 2015

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ABN TV joins Ghana Fashion & Design Week with TV Media support – in partnership at (GFDW) 2015.

(Accra, 30 July 2015 ) – We are honoured to welcome ABN TV (UK) for a premiere partnership at this year fashion week. ABN TV joins Ghana Fashion & Design as an international Television Media Partner in support of the event activities, and platform’s development progress in Ghana.
In preparation towards the event this year, ABN TV will reveal a special focused documentary soon to be aired this year on its Channel, focused on the importance of the fashion industry business role in Ghana, and its benefits to economic development, bringing to light the possibilities that are often overlooked.

ABN TV is an entertainment channel offering a diverse range of engaging programme genres in News, Drama, Current-Affairs, Documentaries, Sports, Films, Reality Shows, Talk/Chat shows and Religious programmes on UK satellite TV network, SKY platform channel 235 and FREEVIEW 252

Delivery quality content through its style of programming, ABN TV aims to reflect strong family values, and aims to demonstrate empathy towards the ethnic audience group through its choice of programmes and programme makers.

With a strong and in the in-depth understanding of the cultures of its core audience, ABN TV’s fundamental ethos is focused on making the channel totally relevant to the communities it serves, and to remain relevant at all times in its programming and objectives.

Website: www.abntv.co.uk

GFDW 2015 EVENT INFORMATION

REGISTRATION FOR ACCREDITATION
For interested Press, Media, Retail Buyers, Photographers and Videographers. 
or access via this link: www.ghanafashiondesignweek.com/registration-schedule

EVENT TICKETS available to purchase on the GFDW website for anyone wishing to attend the event this October, 23 – 25, 2015.

Press & Media Enquiries
press@ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Event Ticket & General Enquiries
:
event@ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Participation Enquiries
CATWALK PRESENTATION: designers@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
TRADE EXHIBITION SHOW: exhibit@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
MODELS Participation: models@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
SEMINAR Registration: seminars@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
INTERNSHIP Enquiries: internship@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
SPONSOR / PARTNERSHIP: sponsor@ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Find Us Here
Website:        www.ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Official Blog: www.ghanafashionweek.wordpress.com

Facebook:     www.facebook.com/Ghanafashionweek

Twitter:          www.twitter.com/ghanafashionwk

Instagram:     www.ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Tumblr:         www.ghanafashionweek.tumblr.com

Youtube:       www.youtube.com/user/GFDWTV

About GFDW:
Ghana Fashion & Design Week®  (GFDW) is Ghana’s most innovative fashion business week platform, pioneering innovation in fashion business and creativity. An international platform for commerce envisioned to support, direct and lead both emerging and established creative business practitioners. The event focus is directed at fashion and product design entrepreneurs, including accessories and interior design practitioners in Ghana, and in the Diaspora of the mother continent, alongside international designers, and businesses to showcase and exhibit their collections and products to a global audience for trade and marketing.
GFDW New Talent Spot™ initiative space empowers and supports the development of talented nascent new graduates. Focused on providing essential business start-up continuity and creative design support as they transit from graduates to becoming new creative business entrepreneurs in Ghana.
ETHIKHA™ platform at GFDW centers on Ethical Fashion & Sustainability development, dedicated to designers and social enterprises committed to driving social impact through fashion and design innovation, to improve the lives of society’s underprivileged.

– Written & Released by: Ghana Fashion & Design Week

Business & Financial Times supports Ghana Fashion & Design Week – in Media Partnership at (GFDW) 2015

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Business & Financial Times supports Ghana Fashion & Design Week – in Media Partnership at (GFDW) 2015.

(Accra, 30 July 2015 ) – We are pleased to have the support of Ghana’s renowned Business & Financial Times Newspaper,  joining Ghana Fashion & Design Week this year in a debut partnership with a Fashion week platform for the first time in Ghana.
The leading Newspaper publication, focused on Business and financial news related to Ghana’s development, joins GFDW as a local Media Partner in support of the platform’s continuous effort in leading and shaping fashion as business in the country.

Having been in circulation for over two decades, Business & Financial Times continues to be the leading source of credible and relevant business information in Ghana and the rest of the African continent.

Published on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, B&FT uses a variety of unique circulation methods to reach its highly influential target market. B&FT is circulated through newsstands and vendors, subscriptions, airlines & hotels as well as at conferences and exhibitions throughout Ghana, offering advertisers extended mileage.

The newspaper is also available in Ghana’s diplomatic missions abroad. Driven by its rich content, wider reach, high print quality, professionalism, credibility and customer focus, B&FT remains in a class of its own and is the ultimate print platform for advertisers wishing to reach Ghana’s up market consumer segment, the business community, members of the international community and similar segments. The publication was awarded Superbrand status in 2012.

Business & Financial Times benefits from a network of sister organizations with offices in Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi. These centres support with the necessary reach and talent pool needed for the development and implementation of major publications for both international and local consumption.

Website: www.thebftonline.com

GFDW 2015 EVENT INFORMATION

REGISTRATION FOR ACCREDITATION
For interested Press, Media, Retail Buyers, Photographers and Videographers. 
or access via this link: www.ghanafashiondesignweek.com/registration-schedule

EVENT TICKETS available to purchase on the GFDW website for anyone wishing to attend the event this October, 23 – 25, 2015.

Press & Media Enquiries
press@ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Event Ticket & General Enquiries
:
event@ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Participation Enquiries
CATWALK PRESENTATION: designers@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
TRADE EXHIBITION SHOW: exhibit@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
MODELS Participation: models@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
SEMINAR Registration: seminars@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
INTERNSHIP Enquiries: internship@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
SPONSOR / PARTNERSHIP: sponsor@ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Find Us Here
Website:        www.ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Official Blog: www.ghanafashionweek.wordpress.com

Facebook:     www.facebook.com/Ghanafashionweek

Twitter:          www.twitter.com/ghanafashionwk

Instagram:     www.ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Tumblr:         www.ghanafashionweek.tumblr.com

Youtube:       www.youtube.com/user/GFDWTV

About GFDW:
Ghana Fashion & Design Week®  (GFDW) is Ghana’s most innovative fashion business week platform, pioneering innovation in fashion business and creativity. An international platform for commerce envisioned to support, direct and lead both emerging and established creative business practitioners. The event focus is directed at fashion and product design entrepreneurs, including accessories and interior design practitioners in Ghana, and in the Diaspora of the mother continent, alongside international designers, and businesses to showcase and exhibit their collections and products to a global audience for trade and marketing.
GFDW New Talent Spot™ initiative space empowers and supports the development of talented nascent new graduates. Focused on providing essential business start-up continuity and creative design support as they transit from graduates to becoming new creative business entrepreneurs in Ghana.
ETHIKHA™ platform at GFDW centers on Ethical Fashion & Sustainability development, dedicated to designers and social enterprises committed to driving social impact through fashion and design innovation, to improve the lives of society’s underprivileged.

– Written & Released by: Ghana Fashion & Design Week

Neighbourhood Gong Lifestyle Guide supports Ghana Fashion & Design Week in Media Partnership at (GFDW) 2015

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Neighbourhood Gong Lifestyle Guide supports Ghana Fashion & Design Week in Media Partnership at (GFDW) 2015

(Accra, 30 July 2015) – are so excited to welcome niche Lifestyle & People Magazine – Neighbourhood Gong in a first time partnership as a local Media Partner to Ghana Fashion & Design Week event. Neighbourhood Gong joins GFDW this year, focused on the event activities and all the lifestyle aspects, people and progress that comes with the platforms’ lifestyle and business development.

Neighbourhood Gong is Ghana’s best inspirational news and lifestyle magazine publication by Rhema Group Company.

The high quality print lifestyle magazine benefits its extensive readers with free distribution to their doorstep, and online at mygong.net.

Focused on primarily inspiring Ghanaians to live up to their potential, while rediscovering the joy of the country and applying their potential to its future success, each edition explores one city in Ghana, giving insights into its culture, tradition, businesses, events and landscape.

Touching success stories of individual’s achievements, it delivers inspirational pieces, profiling successful people and their journey to where they are today.

Neighbourhood Gong provides readers with an all round lifestyle articles on health, travel, career, relationship guides, weekend guides and more from industry experts.

The Magazine digital platform – mygong.net is highly responsive for multiple devices and updated daily to feature inspirational pieces.

Website: www.mygong.net

GFDW 2015 EVENT INFORMATION

REGISTRATION FOR ACCREDITATION
For interested Press, Media, Retail Buyers, Photographers and Videographers. 
or access via this link: www.ghanafashiondesignweek.com/registration-schedule

EVENT TICKETS available to purchase on the GFDW website for anyone wishing to attend the event this October, 23 – 25, 2015.

Press & Media Enquiries
press@ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Event Ticket & General Enquiries
:
event@ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Participation Enquiries
CATWALK PRESENTATION: designers@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
TRADE EXHIBITION SHOW: exhibit@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
MODELS Participation: models@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
SEMINAR Registration: seminars@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
INTERNSHIP Enquiries: internship@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
SPONSOR / PARTNERSHIP: sponsor@ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Find Us Here
Website:        www.ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Official Blog: www.ghanafashionweek.wordpress.com

Facebook:     www.facebook.com/Ghanafashionweek

Twitter:          www.twitter.com/ghanafashionwk

Instagram:     www.ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Tumblr:         www.ghanafashionweek.tumblr.com

Youtube:       www.youtube.com/user/GFDWTV

About GFDW:
Ghana Fashion & Design Week®  (GFDW) is Ghana’s most innovative fashion business week platform, pioneering innovation in fashion business and creativity. An international platform for commerce envisioned to support, direct and lead both emerging and established creative business practitioners. The event focus is directed at fashion and product design entrepreneurs, including accessories and interior design practitioners in Ghana, and in the Diaspora of the mother continent, alongside international designers, and businesses to showcase and exhibit their collections and products to a global audience for trade and marketing.
GFDW New Talent Spot™ initiative space empowers and supports the development of talented nascent new graduates. Focused on providing essential business start-up continuity and creative design support as they transit from graduates to becoming new creative business entrepreneurs in Ghana.
ETHIKHA™ platform at GFDW centers on Ethical Fashion & Sustainability development, dedicated to designers and social enterprises committed to driving social impact through fashion and design innovation, to improve the lives of society’s underprivileged.

– Written & Released by: Ghana Fashion & Design Week

FashionMag.com joins Media Partners at Ghana Fashion & Design Week (GFDW) 2015

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FashionMag.com joins Media Partners at Ghana Fashion & Design Week (GFDW) 2015.

(Accra, 30 July 2015) – FashionMag.com joins media partners at Ghana Fashion & Design Week for the first time as a media partner to the fashion business week in Ghana this year. The global portal for fashion business news will provide coverage of designers showcase from runway to online serving its large global audience with catwalk trends directly from GFDW 2015, form the city of ACCRA.

FashionMag.com is the world’s leading information portal in fashion, luxury and beauty for professionals, with presence in more than 50 countries worldwide and available in 10 languages.

The platform serves more than 700,000 subscribers including 50,000 designers around the globe with up-to-date news on fashion business, catwalk reports, runway trends, global luxury market, fashion events news and relative subjects.

Website: http://www.fashionmag.com/world

GFDW 2015 EVENT INFORMATION

REGISTRATION FOR ACCREDITATION
For interested Press, Media, Retail Buyers, Photographers and Videographers. 
or access via this link: www.ghanafashiondesignweek.com/registration-schedule

EVENT TICKETS available to purchase on the GFDW website for anyone wishing to attend the event this October, 23 – 25, 2015.

Press & Media Enquiries
press@ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Event Ticket & General Enquiries
:
event@ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Participation Enquiries
CATWALK PRESENTATION: designers@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
TRADE EXHIBITION SHOW: exhibit@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
MODELS Participation: models@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
SEMINAR Registration: seminars@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
INTERNSHIP Enquiries: internship@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
SPONSOR / PARTNERSHIP: sponsor@ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Find Us Here
Website:        www.ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Official Blog: www.ghanafashionweek.wordpress.com

Facebook:     www.facebook.com/Ghanafashionweek

Twitter:          www.twitter.com/ghanafashionwk

Instagram:     www.ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Tumblr:         www.ghanafashionweek.tumblr.com

Youtube:       www.youtube.com/user/GFDWTV

About GFDW:
Ghana Fashion & Design Week®  (GFDW) is Ghana’s most innovative fashion business week platform, pioneering innovation in fashion business and creativity. An international platform for commerce envisioned to support, direct and lead both emerging and established creative business practitioners. The event focus is directed at fashion and product design entrepreneurs, including accessories and interior design practitioners in Ghana, and in the Diaspora of the mother continent, alongside international designers, and businesses to showcase and exhibit their collections and products to a global audience for trade and marketing.
GFDW New Talent Spot™ initiative space empowers and supports the development of talented nascent new graduates. Focused on providing essential business start-up continuity and creative design support as they transit from graduates to becoming new creative business entrepreneurs in Ghana.
ETHIKHA™ platform at GFDW centers on Ethical Fashion & Sustainability development, dedicated to designers and social enterprises committed to driving social impact through fashion and design innovation, to improve the lives of society’s underprivileged.

– Written & Released by: Ghana Fashion & Design Week

Business Day Ghana supports Ghana Fashion & Design Week – in Media Partnership at (GFDW) 2015

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Business Day Ghana supports Ghana Fashion & Design Week in Media Partnership at (GFDW) 2015. 

(Accra, 30 July 2015 ) –  We are excited to introduce Business Day Ghana at this year’s Ghana Fashion & Design Week event for the first time in Media Partnership with the platform.
Ghana’s renowned Newspaper publication, Business Day Ghana,
focused on Business and financial news related to Ghana’s economy development, the business publication joins GFDW as a local media partner in support of the fashion business week, and the platform’s continuous effort in leading and shaping fashion as a business in the country.

Business Day Ghana is a 56- page business newspaper that provides in-depth reports and analysis of Ghana’s finance and economy – covering a wide range of grounds namely banking and finance, commodity and markets, telecommunications, agriculture, the cocoa industry, tourism and hospitality, real estate, transportation, international trade, healthcare services, fashion, entertainment and sports.

Printed to come out every Monday, the newspaper is targeted at corporate decision-makers and policy makers, Business Schools, as well as international institutions, companies and investors with interest in Ghana and beyond. With a reading audience and clients that represent the elite from business, political and academic circles and are people who have influence over the direction of their countries and companies.

Focused on publishing news of relevance, Business Day Ghana offers its
readers an in-depth analysis of business events.

Business Day extends to Nigeria with a subsidiary that contains local news content, as well as contents from Financial Times (UK), Harvard Business Review, Reuters, The Economists, among others, providing one-stop shop information to corporate decision-makers and policy makers. With a circulation of 30,000 across the nation, readers and are provided with factual and accurate news.

Designed to provide insightful commentary and analysis on this dynamic and extraordinary country, which is recording significant growth. With specialist contributors presenting complex business subject with clarity, untangling issues affecting Ghanaian and the global economy through concise and informed articles.  Business Day Ghana focuses on objectively exploring, promoting, and discussing Ghana’s enormous potentials both in Ghana and around the world.

Website: 
www.businessdayghana.com

GFDW 2015 EVENT INFORMATION

REGISTRATION FOR ACCREDITATION
For interested Press, Media, Retail Buyers, Photographers and Videographers. or access via this link: www.ghanafashiondesignweek.com/registration-schedule

EVENT TICKETS available to purchase on the GFDW website for anyone wishing to attend the event this October, 23 – 25, 2015.

Press & Media Enquiries
press@ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Event Ticket & General Enquiries
:
event@ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Participation Enquires
CATWALK PRESENTATION: designers@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
TRADE EXHIBITION SHOW: exhibit@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
MODELS Participation: models@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
SEMINAR Registration: seminars@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
INTERNSHIP Enquiries: internship@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
SPONSOR / PARTNERSHIP: sponsor@ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Find Us Here
Website:        www.ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Official Blog: www.ghanafashionweek.wordpress.com

Facebook:     www.facebook.com/Ghanafashionweek

Twitter:          www.twitter.com/ghanafashionwk

Instagram:     www.ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Tumblr:         www.ghanafashionweek.tumblr.com

Youtube:       www.youtube.com/user/GFDWTV

About GFDW:
Ghana Fashion & Design Week®  (GFDW) is Ghana’s most innovative fashion business week platform, pioneering innovation in fashion business and creativity. An international platform for commerce envisioned to support, direct and lead both emerging and established creative business practitioners. The event focus is directed at fashion and product design entrepreneurs, including accessories and interior design practitioners in Ghana, and in the Diaspora of the mother continent, alongside international designers, and businesses to showcase and exhibit their collections and products to a global audience for trade and marketing.
GFDW New Talent Spot™ initiative space empowers and supports the development of talented nascent new graduates. Focused on providing essential business start-up continuity and creative design support as they transit from graduates to becoming new creative business entrepreneurs in Ghana.
ETHIKHA™ platform at GFDW centers on Ethical Fashion & Sustainability development, dedicated to designers and social enterprises committed to driving social impact through fashion and design innovation, to improve the lives of society’s underprivileged.

– Written & Released by: Ghana Fashion & Design Week

Ghana Fashion & Design Week Announces 2015 Event Date, Re-Stating Fashion as a Business at Third Edition.

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#For Immediate Release.
Monday, July 13, 2015

Ghana Fashion & Design Week Announces 2015 Event Date, Re-Stating Fashion as a Business at Third Edition.

Accra, July 13, 2015 – Ghana Fashion & Design Week® (GFDW) is thrilled to announce event dates and plans set for 23 – 25 October, 2015 in Ghana’s capital City of ACCRA.

The pioneering international fashion and design business event comes back this year, packed with exciting business activities themed “FASHION RE:STATED”, with a Trade Exhibition showcase curated under the name CONTEMPORARY AFRICA running alongside designers catwalk presentations, and Fashion business and Knowledge transfer seminars with a line up of industry experts.
The ETHIKHA platform will highlight ethical fashion and social impact designers’ collections and products driving sustainability through fashion in Africa.

The anticipated event will turn the world’s focus on Accra, as an emerging and growing fashion business capital. The objective this year is to Re-State fashion as a business in Ghana, and bring to the fore the importance of creativity and design innovation as an essential element for Ghana’s creative industry development.

GFDW NEW TALENT SPOT™ initiative space focused on developing nascent new graduates in fashion, design and creative led entrepreneurs will welcome to the space 3 new best fashion design graduates of (2015) from Radford University College.

Head of Fashion Department of RUC, Yvonne Ntiamoah, said “ We are encouraged to be in partnership with GFDW business platform, creating the essential link for best new graduates to continue their creative journey into becoming entrepreneurs. We are excited, and can not wait to see the previous 2014 selected RUC Graduate – Afua Biney’s premier collection at the fashion week this October!.”
GFDW welcomes 2nd Image Academy at the New Talent Spot™ space, with a collaboration that gives final year students with creative Hair & Make-Up background the opportunity for external experience with the platform alongside industry experts.

We are thrilled to present STYLE & STEEL as part of the event activities this year, turning our focus on MEN behind the wheels, as we welcome Mercedes-Benz to the event as a sponsor, in partnership with Silver Star Auto Ltd., Ghana.
Synonymous with fashion and design excellence around the globe, Mercedes-Benz owners in Ghana will have the opportunity to be rewarded by GFDW for a special well-being treatment exclusively at the luxury XMen Grooming Bar through the Fashion Hospitality Lounge at GFDW, whilst, Mercedes-Benz Ladies of STYLE will enjoy a special fashion treat by studio1981, Ghanaian designer at the fashion week.

Models will have the unique opportunity to be styled by two time British Hairdressing Awards winner, Afro Hair celebrity stylist Charlotte Mensah , and artistic hair director to GFDW, known for her ingenious Avant-garde hair creations.

Supporting our objective in re-stating fashion business in Ghana, we are pleased to have full media support from Ghana’s renowned Business focus media; Business Day Ghana
and Business & Financial Times Newspaper, alongside Ghana’s progressive Lifestyle Magazine Neighbourhood Gong. With Vogue Italia continuous support for the platform, and go-to media for hot fashion news Haute Fashion Africa, we are pleased to welcome new international media partners to the event including; ABN TV (UK), who will be airing a special documentary on GFDW, and a dedicated business news coverage by Africa Business 2020 (UK). Adding to this year business media support comes global fashion business portal FashionMag.com whose focus will be on highlighting designers’ collections straight from the GFDW runway.

GFDW event this year will be packed with something for everyone. TICKETS for the “must-attend” event, that has placed Ghana on the global fashion landscape, can be purchased on the GFDW website for anyone wishing to attend the event this October.

REGISTRATION for ACCREDITATION IS OPENED VIA GFDW WEBSITE.
For interested Press, Media, Retail Buyers, Photographers and Videographers.
or access via this link: www.ghanafashiondesignweek.com/registration-schedule

CONTACTS:
Press & Media Enquires:  press@ghanafashiondesignweek.com

Ticket & General Enquiries: event@ghanafashiondesignweek.com

CONTACT FOR PARTICIPATION

CATWALK PRESENTATION
designers@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
TRADE EXHIBITION SHOW
exhibit@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
MODELS Participation
models@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
SEMINAR Registration:
seminars@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
INTERNSHIP Enquiries:
internship@ghanafashiondesignweek.com
SPONSOR / PARTNERSHIP:
sponsor@ghanafashiondesignweek.com

FIND US HERE:
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Official Blog:  www.ghanafashionweek.wordpress.com
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Twitter:          www.twitter.com/GhanaFashionWk
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Youtube:        www.youtube.com/user/GFDWTV

ABOUT GFDW:
Ghana Fashion & Design Week®  (GFDW) is Ghana’s most innovative fashion business week platform, pioneering innovation in fashion business and creativity. An international platform for commerce envisioned to support, direct and lead both emerging and established creative business practitioners.
The event focus is directed at fashion and product design entrepreneurs, including accessories and interior design practitioners in Ghana, and in the Diaspora of the mother continent, alongside international designers, and businesses to showcase and exhibit their collections and products to a global audience for trade and marketing.
GFDW New Talent Spot™ initiative space empowers and supports the development of talented nascent new graduates. Focused on providing essential business start-up continuity and creative design support as they transit from graduates to becoming new creative business entrepreneurs in Ghana.
ETHIKHA™ platform at GFDW centers on Ethical Fashion & Sustainability development, dedicated to designers and social enterprises committed to driving social impact through fashion and design innovation, to improve the lives of society’s underprivileged.

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Social Impact Fashion & Design | An Interview with “Mifuko” – Sustainable Design Homeware and Accessories brand made in Kenya

Today we sit down with Minna Impiö, co-founder of Mifuko, a brand who works a Helsinki-Nairobi-axis, creating vibrant jewellery, bags and homeware.

By Simona Campli | Sustainability Advocate
Contributor at ETHIKHA | Ghana Fashion & Design Week
2nd July 2015

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How, when and where did you set up Mifuko from its early beginnings?

Mifuko Ltd was founded by Mari Martikainen and me in 2009, both graduates of the University of Industrial Arts and Design, Helsinki. While the designs are done by Finnish artists they are inspired by the colours, textures and vibrancy of Africa.

What is your past before Mifuko and why did you decide to embark in this professional journey?

I´ve been working as a freelancer graphic and textile designer. Due to my husband work we moved to Kenya.

In the concept behind the label can you recognize some key values or specific business model that, in time, have shown to represent also key aspects for business success?

Mifuko is proudly new member of World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO). Mifuko is following its 10 principles. We strongly believe that it will have a good impact for the sale also and Fair Trade in general.

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It is very inspiring how transparency and environmental practices are at the core of the way Mifuko works while also caring for the artisans and supporting talented emerging artists. It seems quite a perfect equation! Is there any other project you’re involved in the community you live or work with?

Mifuko has founded an organization called Mifuko Trust. At the moment Mifuko Trust is buying a cow for a self-help group working and living in the rural area of Kenya. The cow will give milk for the families and extra income for the ladies. The group is making baskets for Mifuko.

What are the sustainable practices your brand follows in its daily routine?

Our aim is to design products that last time in their design and quality. Products are finished using basic technologies that are consistent with traditional handcraft skills and which are low in energy consumption.

From where do you get on-going inspiration in your work with Mifuko?

Africa is our inspiration!

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Let’s make it personal, are there any specific events, sounds or places that represented key steps for Mifuko and its growth?

Here is a small story how we became to cooperate. Early in 2009, long bumpy and dusty road brought us to Kenyan countryside under a gigantic mango tree. In the shade a joyful group of ladies dressed in bright purple dresses were waiting for them.

Sun was burning from the top of the sky, while the group now expanded with two, discussed farming and handcraft, and planned together the work that was going to be the first collection of Mifuko baskets.

Which is the main reason in your opinion to build and promote a different and social innovative type of fashion and which are the steps the industry need to reach or complete in order to realize that?

We believe that the awareness of the customers is rising and people will demand ethically made fashion.

Many thanks for your collaboration!

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– Mifuko founders Minna Impiö and Mari Martikainen are both graduates of the University of Industrial Arts and Design in Helsinki, Finland’s southern capital.

Ethical Fashion | An Exclusive Interview with “A A K S” Sustainable Fashion Brand – Behind the Innovation of Woven Heritage Bags Made in Ghana

By Ghana Fashion & Design Week
GFDW ETHIKHA – A focus on sustainable fashion production for socio-economic inclusion.
11 June 2015

GFDW ETHIKHA went behind the A A K S brand to find out what it takes to impact lives through fashion and design, and the importance of Innovation in our heritage craft skills to design and produce sustainable “Made in Ghana” quality products.

Q. As the Designer behind A A K S, what inspired you to create a sustainable fashion accessories brand?
I grew up in the beautiful sunny Ghana; art was a love from an early age even though I also harboured a dream of being a pilot. Being top of the art class almost every year was a sign to me to pursue art in some form. So I left Ghana to London to study and expand my knowledge in art and design, be around other creative individuals to learn and develop as much as I could.

Like so many 20-somethings, it was a very intense period of my life. I was in a transition, coming from a family of entrepreneurs I felt this deep need to figure out who I was and where I was going, whose footstep to follow. The defining moment came when I thought, “Now is the time to make or break, to put myself out there and see what I am made of.” I knew I wanted to go out on my own and pull together all my passion and talents to create something unique that would be fulfilling both personally and professionally.

My main aim of studies in the UK was to broadened my mind in my field, gain a wealth of experience and finally come back to Ghana to support the creative art and design industry and build a luxury African brand. This happened quickly after seeing a gap in the market for beautifully handcrafted luxury bags that will utilise locally sourced materials such as raffia coupled with traditional art of weaving, I knew I had something great to work towards and made the big move to fulfill my ultimate dream of owning my own fashion brand and igniting sustainable jobs in Ghana and Africa as a whole.

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Q. Your background as a designer begun with designing clothing, how did you transit from clothing design to designing handbags and why?

The transition into designing handbags came almost naturally to me after seeing a gap in the market for handcrafted bags utilising traditional methods of weaving and craft. I moved to Ghana to pursue it.

 Q. Your design process uses traditional Woven Heritage craft skills unique to the Northern region people of Ghana, why did you choose this design direction?

I traveled through out Ghana trying to find the perfect place to make my hand-woven bags. I stumbled across a small community on my travels that had the perfect tranquil setting. I could see myself living there and making bags for a lifetime. I decided to test the weavers skills and see if they could achieve what I vaguely had in mind at the time.

This was a tough journey, as the weavers had never used raffia that is a material that has great ethical value that I wanted to push forward in my brand. We started from scratch; I spent a year teaching weavers how to make the products to a standard and quality that I could tick off as luxury. The weavers on the other hand have taught me to slow down and appreciate their art and also the time and difficulty it takes to achieve a handmade product. I am also a keen learner of the art of weaving and in a great community of very talented women.

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Q. Your work projects unique weaving design skills, and bold mixing of colours, is this a difficult process to achieve?

It is a design process which I have learnt over time through high school and university to incorporate into my work. I have a love for colours and every process of creation comes with difficulty especially when it hasn’t been done before. I enjoy playing around with colour and shapes and my weavers are understanding and very experimental enough to allow me to explore different ideas

Q. What type of materials goes into the weaving and making of the products, and where do you source these materials?

A central tenant of my business philosophy is to preserve traditional techniques by combing them with modern design and usability. I wanted my dream basket bag to be almost foldable, more colourful with blends of colours that were tasteful and modern and completed to the highest standard of quality. Raffia is the only material that allows me to achieve these goals.

Initially, raffia proved to be the most difficult fibre to find in Ghana. Serendipitously, after travelling throughout the country in search of the elusive fibre I found it on our family farm in Southern Ghana. It was being grown minimally and only sold to string bead vendors. I immediately knew this was the perfect material once I felt it! The softness and strength was key and then when I started looking into its benefits I was completely sold on it. The fibres being an organic, natural, renewal and biodegradable fibre was an inherent ethical value, which was attractive to me and very much in line with the vision and ethos I had for my brand.

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Q. Who are the people involve in the making of the AAKS collections, and why did choose to work with these people?

I work with a group of artisanal weavers in the northern region of Ghana who make the AAKS bags. I choose them because they had a special skill. They could create objects or bags with their hands without patterns. This was truly unique and something I wanted to explore more on.

Q As an Ethical Fashion and Sustainable brand, how do you impact the lives of the local people you work with in Bolgatanga – Ghana?

Creating something handcrafted has always been the goal of my brand. Words such as empowerment, passion and lasting are what I feel these groups of artisanal weavers bring to each creation. Weaving gives the community the much-needed income to encourage and empower individuals to become independent and have steady jobs. I plan to have a permanent production base in northern region of Ghana. Through that, I would like to impact the weavers greatly by providing employment to the local community, ensure the continuity of weaving as an art/technique that can be passed down to the younger generation, and encourage weaving to be valued as a major income earner for many in the cooperative.

Q. How important is it to innovate existing heritage craft skills and resources in Ghana to make quality designed products like AAKS that can compete on the global market?

Weaving is a dying art in Ghana unfortunately. It’s been relegated to a small-scale industry with few communities in the South weaving Kente cloth and in the North weaving baskets and bags using straw. I hope that our brand will go someway in contributing to the revival and sustenance of weaving as a thriving art. Additionally, we aim to renew some of these old skills and techniques by modernising it to meet international standards of design and hence compete with the best in the world. I hope this will make an impact in the fashion industry and promote made in Ghana products on the luxury market.

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Q. As a sustainable fashion brand made in Ghana, what lessons have you learnt that encourages you to carry on down that path?

Building a fully African-made luxury brand presents tremendous challenges, which my team and I are overcoming everyday. The main challenge for us is logistics and costs of importing and exporting in and out of Africa. We also struggle with infrastructure, simple things like telephone connectivity and electricity disconnection pose a large and constant of threat to our daily work.
Despite all this, the simple fact is the best Raffia and Raffia Weavers are here, and despite the challenges of operating in remote regions in Africa this advantage gives a superior quality.

Q. What advise do you have for designer entrepreneurs who wish start a social impact fashion business?
I would advice any aspiring persons to Start. It’s really easy to get wrapped up in the planning of your business and sometimes it’s okay to know what you want and just go for it.

Q. In 3 words how would you describe AAKS products?
Exuberant, fun and made by hand.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
www.twitter.com/aakshandcrafted
instagram.com/a.a.k.s
www.facebook.com/aakshandcrafted
website: www.aaksonline.com

– A A K S hand-crafted woven heritage innovative raffia bags are made in Bolgatanga – Ghana, by founder and ethical fashion designer Akosua Afriyie-Kumi, impacting social lives through sustainable fashion production.

Learn more about ETHIKHA at GFDW here: http://www.ghanafashiondesignweek.com/ethical-fashion

AFROCOILS NATURAL HAIR – THE MOST TALKED ABOUT AFRO BEAUTY ON PLANET EARTH.

So what makes this Natural Hair type so different, and why is it an issue for the woman who wears it?

Written by Ghana Fashion & Design Week
Afro Hair & Beauty Tips
27 March 2015

One particular hair type has constantly been in the media for decades, for several reasons directly and indirectly.

Why is that? What is it, and why is it such an issue?

For decades African women have had issues with their God given natural hair coils, in all shapes, types, and forms that has led to, and continue to lead the discussion on Afro hair on a global stage.

The Natural Afro hair, delicate but most versatile of all hair types on planet earth, yet causes the most issues for the Women who are blessed with it!

So why is it such an issue?

There is a great lack of understanding for the most part regarding this particular unique hair type, from product that works well with it, to the technicalities of managing it, and to some extent the acceptance of it within certain societies at large.

The mid -1960s through to1970s boasted the fashionable Afro Hair, the bigger the better. So what changed since then until now?

Today, we are beginning to see the re-emergence of the Afro hair in a new form, more and more women embracing their natural Afro coils these days, uncountable YouTube videos with helpful TIPS and TRICKS on the HOW and WHAT to do with this unique hair type, along with many new specialists hair products particularly targeted at the African woman Afro hair.

It is refreshing to see a new confidence growing in this Millennium with more understanding for this hair type, and new ideas and ways for the African woman to manage her God given delicate but most versatile natural hair coils on planet earth.

The beauty of it is, this hair type knows no boundaries, it can go straight, curly or natural when ever, and however it likes at any given time, to the extent of adding on hair extensions for one reason or the other. It also true to say, the reasons for every African woman to add on extensions to their hair, is definitely not the same for all women as most would think. More than often this idea is misinterpreted with a great lack of understanding of the WHYs and HOWs. Its is almost like, well, a woman choosing High Heels over Flat Shoes, for one reason or the other.

But we do love the fact that this unique, delicate and versatile natural Afro coils have the ability to carry the most creative and interesting hair styles possible, from Afro to straightening, wavy, ponytails, to threading, plaits, cornrow, twists, knots, locks, the list goes on and on…the freedom of doing whatever you like to your hair is something that most women blessed with this hair type definitely enjoy, just like their diverse rich culture imbued with endless creativity.

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Across the African continent, hairstyles transcends more that just Beauty, it signifies Spirituality, Identity, and Culture.

We asked GFDW head Hair Stylist and awarding wining Afro Hair Specialist, CHARLOTTE MENSAH to share her expertise knowledge on the technicalities of managing the most delicate but versatile hair on this planet!

Here she shares some valuable lessons that will show you how to pamper and love your beautiful Afro Hair.

7 STEPS TO MANAGING YOUR BEAUTIFUL AFRO HAIR – BY AFRO HAIR SPECIALIST CHARLOTTE MENSAH.

1) How does Afro hair differ from Caucasian hair, in terms of its make up and texture?

Afro hair appears and feels denser than Caucasian hair. This hair type has a dry matt appearance, its unique shape makes it prong to breakage when combed or brushed 

2) How does this affect the hair products those with Afro hair should use?

Afro hair is very delicate so avoid harsh chemicals, excessive heat; sun chlorine can cause dryness and breakage. Shampooing conditioning and styling are the building blocks of manageable beautiful Afro hair.

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3) What hair care routine would you recommend to those with Afro hair?

Regular conditioning treatments, which simply help, maintain the lustre and moisture on the hair shaft and scalp. Regular trims every 4-6 weeks to maintain your style and keep ends healthy.
Moisturize regularly as most Afro hair soaks up moisture like a sponge, so moisturize with natural oils.  

4) What specific problems can Afro hair suffer from and how can these be treated or avoided?

Afro has a tendency to feel dry and breaks off easily. Increase the use of moisturizing shampoos and conditioners to counteract the dehydration that is caused by the elements.

5) Are there any specific ingredients or products that can make a real difference to Afro hair?

Use hydrating shampoos to add moisture, moisturising conditioner, which adds moisture for flexibility and hydration, protein-based conditioners maintains the strength and elasticity of the hair. Hot oils lubricate and combats dry scalp. Moisturizing or dressing creams imparts shine and protects hair from damage when using heated tools and appliances. Oils soften the hair outer layer and allow moisture to penetrate deeply. 

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6) What styling options are available to those with Afro hair that are not an option for those with Caucasian hair? And vice versa – what styling options should they avoid that are commonly used by those with Caucasian hair?

Both Afro and Caucasian hair types are incredibly versatile, and the styling options are endless, but it is down to the skills and level of experience of the stylist to achieve a desired style.   

7) How has the Afro hair market changed in recent years – are there more styling and care options available now?

More and more women are embracing the wondrous textures of their Afro hair, and celebrating its versatility with bodacious fro’s, beautiful braids and tempting twists. Women are becoming more comfortable with their hair. The styles today are freer and manageable. They are gradually growing out of the relaxers and falling in love with their natural Afro hair again.

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— Charlotte Mensah specialises in Afro Hair care, and the founder of Hair Lounge London. www.charlottemensah.com

Hair Styles by Charlotte Mensah | Photos: courtesy of Charlotte Mensah

Social Impact Fashion | An Exclusive Interview with “Quazi Design” made in South Africa

An exclusive interview with co-founder Doron Shaltiel of Quazi Design, an Ethical Fashion label impacting social lives in Swaziland, South Africa.

By Simona Campli | Sustainability Advocate
Contributor at  ETHIKHA | Ghana Fashion & Design Week
20th February 2015

 

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What’s the story and who are the people behind Quazi Design label?

It was my itchy feet and heart for handcraft that brought me to Swaziland. And a chance to meet with local magazine owner Anthony van Rywswyck that saw Quazi Design grow out of an Everest of old magazines. I wanted to create employment and use my design background to make positive social change.

When Quazi Design adventure started and where?

It was founded in 2009 in Swaziland, Southern Africa, a country high in unemployment and with a good network of craft companies.

I looked to the local ladies to find my crafting team, and with scissors in hand and a vision in mind, we all started to cut and slice and tear and dice.

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What was the concept or urge that pushed and inspired you to start the label?

After a product development internship with a local established handcraft company I was excited about the combination of craft, design and empowerment and wanted to take this further and start my own label.

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What’s the authentic Quazi Design mark and its key aspects for success?

To change the perception of recycled goods one rolled-paper bead at a time, to use paper in an innovative way and show that waste magazines can be made into design led unique accessories. Our authentic mark is our creativity. Creativity can change the world.

How you manage to enhance positive impacts of your business and which type of sustainable aspects you follow and evaluate the most?

We are a founding member of SWIFT Swaziland fair trade business, and I am also a board member, helping to steer the organisation. We’re also advocate to pay artisans a living wage, and not a minimum government wage. All products are handmade and each artisan is employed full time with a contract, giving her job security.

All our paper is 100% waste magazines which we combine with brass craps, crushed recycled glass and locally carved jacaranda wood.

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Why you think it’s important to promote a different type of fashion and what you think can really make the difference to promote success for the sustainable fashion revolution? In other words what do you think is working and what can be changed or improved in the general panorama of ethical and sustainable fashion?

I think the general public are becoming more aware of where their clothes and accessories come from, and this is shining a spotlight on brands that do not respect people and planet. In turn, ethical fashion is growing with up to date designs, a wide variety of brands and more choice for consumers. So I think we are on the right path and ethical fashion is shedding its old hippy or out-dated look and entering into a new exciting era.

“I don’t think we should follow trends but rather create clothes and accessories that are beautifully made, with love, by well-paid artisans, and by doing this we preserve hand craft and materials.”

I hope that our products show people that recycled paper jewellery can be design led, new, exciting, different, clever and beautiful!

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—Doron Shaltiel is co-founder and director of Quazi Design, one-of-a- kind accessories label based in Swaziland.

Designers from Africa – Short-listed by Vogue Italia “Scouting For Africa” Project

Written by: Ghana Fashion & Design Week

The search for Vogue Italia “Scouting For Africa” designer talents has ended with a shortlist of 11 Designers selected from the mother continent of Africa.

The project aimed at supporting emerging talents from Africa, of African nationality finally short-listed 11 designers, amongst the selected designers are, Akosua Afriyie-Kumi, accessories designer of AAKS hailing from Ghana, Orange Culture, menswear designer Adebayo Oke-Lawal from Nigeria, Moroccan designer Artsi Ifrach of ART/C, Loza Maleombho, fashion womenswear designer of Ivory Coast, and South African Katherine-Mary Pichulik, of Pichulik, who is known for her Avant-garde meet skilled craft Jewellery designs.

As one of the most renowned luxury fashion publication in the world, Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozani’s continuous effort to drive sustainable fashion development in Africa has been instrumental in the mission to use fashion as a source for women empowerment through fashion-led job creation, where the focus is set on using available resources from the continent, and improving existing craftsmanship skills to develop viable products that are both aesthetically pleasing and globally desirable.

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Whilst fashion continue to expand in Africa with new ideas and new vision for business development, we are well encouraged that the future for Fashion products made in Africa will continue to grow to become a greater aspect of social and economic empowerment on the continent. Looking around Africa, this promising light is already shinning through positively despite the odds.

Indeed, nothing is without a challenge, like everything else, and anywhere else, the challenges are expected, yet through these challenges will solutions prevail for success.
The fashion industry in Africa, like her mother continent bares a resilient force that continues to push itself through the challenges to the top slowly but surely.

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New designers such as Akosua, Loza, Orange Culture and Pichulik collections are among many designer brands in Africa that perfectly depicts the possibilities that made in Africa products promises, making use of heritage African traditional skills, textile print techniques, and materials sourced from the continent to create quality and unique fashion products that stands out to be seen boldly and beautifully.

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The 11 Designers short-listed by Vogue Italia – Scouting For Africa – emerging fashion talents include the following designers and countries:

GHANA
AAKS, by Akosua Afriyie-Kumi, Ghana
Monaa, by Nana and Afua Dabanka (Ghana)

SOUTH AFRICA
Pichulik, by Katherine-Mary Pichulik (South Africa)
Maxhosa by Laduma, by Laduma Ngxokolo (South Africa)
Simon and Mary, by Dean Pozniak (South Africa)

NIGERIA
O’Milua, by Olajumoke Ademilua (Nigeria)
Orange Culture, by Adebayo Oke-Lawal (Nigeria)

IVORY COAST
Loza Maléombho,  by Loza Maléombho, Ivory Coast
Laurenceairline, by Laurence Chauvin-Buthaud, (Ivory Coast)

MOROCCO
ART/C by Artsi Ifrach (Morocco)

MALAWI
Mafrika by Sadia Mustafa (Malawi)

 

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Photos: Courtesy of AAKS  <>  Pichulik  <>  Loza Maleombho  <>  Orange Culture   <> Art/C

FASHION STORIES BY GHANA FASHION & DESIGN WEEK REVEALED BY VOGUE ITALIA

FASHION STORIES BY GHANA FASHION & DESIGN WEEK REVEALED BY VOGUE ITALIA.

Fashion Editorials are an exciting feat for great story telling through captured images. Onward to 2015 fashion week event in October, Ghana Fashion & Design Week reveals an enthusing fashion story. An editorial campaign inspired by the ‘Discovery of Knowledge in “WONDERLAND”

The story of Wonderland is captured in the expressions of three models, unleashing a silent, but powerful statement of social evolution documented through photographic images.

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Behind the lens is creative director; Adrenus Craton in collaboration with GFDW, and Co-art director and stylist, Daryl Rita Osekreh. A leading hand from Award winning hair stylist Charlotte Mensah is paired with creative make-up Artist Elaine Lynskey.
A creative force unearths a colourful story in a natural setting with subtlety and beauty.

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VIEW THE FULL STORY AND PHOTOS ON VOGUE ITALIA HERE: http://www.vogue.it/en/vogue-black/the-black-blog/2014/11/wonderland

WONDERLAND: “Discovery of Knowledge

Creative & Art Director: Adrenus Craton
Photographer: Adrenus Craton
Co-Art Director: Daryl Rita Osekreh
Head Stylist: Daryl Rita Osekreh
Celebrity Hair Stylist: Charlotte Mensah of Charlotte Mensah
Creative Makeup Artists: Elaine Lynske
Assistant Stylist: Tamar Kioumedjian
Actress/ Model: Emilyne Mondo
Models: Ebba Merrington, Sofia Elhaj @ Novelmodels Elite
Designers Wardrobe: Casely Hayford, Roberto Cavali, Just Cavali,
and Sophia Kah @ Purple PR Fashion.
Shoes: Joanna Stoker, Paul Andrew and Curiously London
Jewelry: Felicia Swartling.
Backstage & Location Assistants: Matt Vlahos, Naeela Sulman,
Lizzy Nicholson & Keo Moagi
Books: Thanks to renowned British Poet Jeremy Reed
Prep Location: Renata Jon Salon & Beauty Spa London

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