In The News | 16 May 2023

Lagos Space Programme brings home the International Woolmark Prize, Africa Fashion Week Brazil is announced, and Rihanna's Puma collection returns

In The News | 16 May 2023
Lagos Space Programme's Adeju Thompson wins the International Woolmark Prize | Getty Images/Woolmark Company


At home, Lagos Space Programme's Adeju Thompson brings home the International Woolmark Prize, AFRI/Creative Nestlings/British Council collaborate on a new Pan-African fashion research residency, adidas opens a new Lagos flagship store, SA retail braces for employment equity legal action and further loadshedding losses, children and maternity apparel categories enjoy new growth in e-commerce, click & collect emerges as a surprise brand building platform, and upper value chain producer inflation slows down in SA.

Lagos Space Programme Wins International Woolmark Prize
The runner-up Karl Lagerfeld Award for Innovation went to Danish knitwear brand A. Roege Hove.

View Adeju Thompson's winning collection:

IWP2023 Final
AFRI launches The Fold — A Pan-African Fashion Research Residency

The Fold is an interdisciplinary research and archival project using critical fashion studies and methodologies to uncover untold or unexplored stories and narratives of the Eastern Cape, Kwazulu Natal and Kampala in Uganda. It's name comes from the idea of pleating, like what's found on a traditional isidwaba, but also from the more abstract concept of knowledge hidden within the creases of time created by historical events like colonialism.

With support from the British Council, the program will sponsor an expedition to KwaZulu Natal (25th June 2023 - 12th July 2023) and Kampala (October 2023) to explore their hidden connection: the Mutuba Tree, cultivated to produce barkcloth.

Visit this Google form link to apply.

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Africa Fashion week Brazil to tell cultural stories, boost economy | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News
To create synergy between the Africa and Brazil fashion industries, as well as boost economic and cultural ties between both countries, Queen Ronke Ademiluyi Ogunwusi has announced the introduction of the Africa Fashion Week (AFW) Brazil.
ADIDAS Opens First Flagship Store In Lagos, Offering a New Shopping Experience
Global sports brand ADIDAS has opened a flagship store in the heart of Victoria Island in Lagos, Nigeria, revealing the brand’s commitment to local culture, community, and innovation. The ADIDAS Lagos Flagship is the fourth ADIDAS store to open in partnership with BrandCo in Nigeria, but it is the l…
Lagos emerges third most culturally vibrant African city | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News
Johannesburg is the most culturally vibrant city in Africa, according to the Creative Vibrancy Index for Africa (CVIA) that ranks how 12 African cities support and enable the arts, culture, and creative industries.
South Africa March producer inflation eases to 13-month low
The easing of upward pressures along the value chain may start to filter into headline price growth.
MaXhosa on sustainability and the export of a proudly South African narrative | Life
MaXhosa showcased the AW2023 collection entitled The Sons and Daughters of Credo Mutwa, a homage to one of South Africa’s great Sanusi and mystical storytellers.
Savanna x Wanda Lephoto presents ‘Dry Goods’ waterproof apparel for a world underwater - Distell
We all know that Savivi is not only the people’s most-loved cider but also the most innovative…
King’s College London Africa Studentships 2023-2024: African Fashion – Opportunity Desk
Pargo expands to Egypt after SA growth
The Cape Town-based click-and-collect company enters Egypt after growing its local pickup points to 3 500 countrywide.
Click-and-collectbuilds brands - Gadget
Smart-tech companies kill two birds with one stone – order fulfilment and marketing.
Foschini braces for tough FY24, reels in growth plans
Share price closes almost 4% down on Wednesday.
Now labour department questions employment equity at Truworths, TFG and Barloworld
Government has threatened to take legal action against the companies.
Woolworths goes electric for online deliveries in South Africa
Almost half of Woolworths’ online delivery vehicles are now fully-electric.
Online Children s and Maternity Apparel Indusrty to Witness Massive Growth (2023-2030) | Key Players: AliExpress, Amazon, Jumia - Fylladey
″ Report Description: Online Children s and Maternity Apparel Market: A thorough analysis of statist


Elsewhere, Victoria's Secret announces a collaborative world tour including 5 African creatives, Big Tech switches focus from metaverse to AI, Yeezy chaos approaches conclusion, Fenty Puma returns, 2023's Global Fashion Summit is announced, and US sustainability regulation and policy get fresh updates.

Global Fashion & Beauty Giant — Victoria’s Secret — Announces Its World Tour With 5 African Creatives
After a 5-year hiatus and mega inclusivity-focused rebrand, the world’s leading luxury lingerie and intimates specialty brand — Victoria’s Secret is back with a revolutionary World Tour beyond its renowned fashion show (the last of which garnered over a billion views). Cast as the VS20 House Of Lago…
Sourcing Apparel: Importing from Sub Saharan Africa
Sub-Saharan African countries have begun to attract textile companies globally and now represent a worthwhile and practical zone for textile and apparel sourcing.
EXCLUSIVE: Peter Do Named Creative Director of Helmut Lang
He will continue to helm his eponymous brand.
Vogue Announces Search for Next Generation of Model Talent with Open Casting
Open Casting, Vogue’s model search, is open to femme-identifying individuals from anywhere in the world who are over 18 years old.
Peruvian designers offer blueprint for sustainable supply chain
From vertical integration to working with Indigenous communities, Peruvian brands are building sustainable businesses, raising international awareness in the process.
Adidas finally has a plan for its stockpile of Yeezy shoes
One of the options Adidas considered was to destroy the Ye-designed shoes, but the company ultimately decided against it, the CEO said. Instead it will sell them and donate the proceeds to charity.
Adidas sued by investors over Kanye West deal
Shareholders claim the sportswear giant knew about the rapper’s behaviour before it cut ties in 2022.
Kanye West and Yeezy Ordered to Pay $300,000 to Brooklyn Creator
Katelyn Mooney alleges she was meant to be paid $110,000 for a Yeezy photo shoot in September.
Big Tech Is Back (Maybe) With a Big AI Bet (Definitely)
Recent earnings make one thing perfectly clear: Everyone is all in on AI and running with it for more features, ads and shopping.
Stability AI Seeks Dismissal of Getty’s Generative AI Lawsuit
Stability AI is looking to get the generative AI-centric copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit waged against its by Getty tossed out.
Lululemon to Swap ‘Dupe’ Leggings for Align Ones
Lululemon is holding an Align Legging Dupe Swap at Century City Mall on May 6 and 7.
She’s Back: Rihanna’s History With Puma
Following the surprise announcement of the return of Fenty Puma, we took a look at Rihanna’s collaborative history with the German sportswear brand.
Leading Visionaries to Share Insights on Sustainability at Global Fashion Summit - Global Fashion Agenda
Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess of Denmark, Patron of Global Fashion Agenda, will present a Welcome Address at Global Fashion Summit.
How G-Star Raw Lawsuit Could Rewrite CSR Policy
An Amsterdam court found the denim maker liable for damages after it allegedly backed out of a long-term deal with a Vietnamese supplier.
Companies Call on FTC to Revise Green Guides
The FTC is on the receiving end of more than 800 submissions from stakeholders who are urging it to revise its Green Guides.

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