GHANA FASHION & DESIGN WEEK (GFDW®) international event launched in 2012, earning its place on the global fashion weeks calendar as an innovative platform for commerce, championing development and advancement in fashion and creative business promotion, and education in Ghana.
The annual international event provides a business platform for Ghanaian designer entrepreneurs, and designers in the Diaspora, alongside international designers to showcase their collections to local and global audiences, and connect to new market opportunities. Through the platform activities, creative entrepreneurs are exposed to retailers and buyers of interest, influential press and media, and Africa’s neo-fashion consumers, whilst creating the opportunity for international trade and tourism in Ghana.
: : GFDW® TRADE EXHIBITION SALON – a curated Fashion & Product Design Exhibition Salon during GFDW International event provides the opportunity for creative industry and related businesses to promote their company and further brand exposure through the event platform.
: : BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION SEMINARS – is central to the platform development activities, this is provided through the GFDW BUSINESS & EDUCATION SEMINARS during the fashion week activities, reaching both established businesses, prospective entrepreneurs, Fashion Graduates and Students.
: : ETHIKHA™ – a platform dedicated to Protecting African Creative Heritage Craftsmanship Skills, and invaluable Artistic and Creative Techniques through FASHION and PRODUCT DESIGN job creation.
Designers are encouraged to source natural resources and creative skills on the continent, and make use of African creative heritage ideas and traditional craftsmanship skills, working closely with local Artisans to produce innovative quality made in Ghana and AFRICA products for trade, whilst protecting African Heritage and the environment
ETHIKHA – SOCIAL IMPACT FASHION – Fashion in Action |-
Considering how important clothing is to society at large, social impact fashion transcends beyond the word “Fashion” – where Fashion in Action activates and drives social change, by supporting the needs of society’s underprivileged through job creation for socio-economic inclusion.
ETHIKHA platform at GFDW is the first of its kind on the African Continent, and in Ghana, set within a Fashion Week on the continent, dedicated to Ethical and Sustainable Fashion businesses, Social Enterprises and creative Designers with a social mission, sourcing and working with local Artisans in Africa, and improving lives of local women and men with traditional craftsmanship skills, by creating sustainable jobs for social and economic inclusion in Ghana and across the mother continent of Africa. GFDW Ethikha focuses on the use of African Heritage Craftsmanship Skills to create sustainable and quality MADE IN AFRICA products for trade.
: : NEW TALENT SPOT™ Initiative – launched in 2014, New Talent Spot initiative at GFDW empowers and supports the development of best new Graduate talents selected from GFDW University Education partner institutions. Selected graduates are supported and equipped with essential business start-up guide, and business continuity support from graduating to becoming new Creative Business Entrepreneurs in Ghana.
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