In The News | 20 April 2023

Catch up on AfCTFA progress, Zumi marketplace's shutdown, Metaverse Fashion Week highlights and Beyoncé and adidas' break up.

In The News | 20 April 2023
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An update on AfCTFA progress, ZUMI marketplace shutters after struggling to secure new funding, Woolworths takes home the News 24 Company of the Year award and African Fashion Up 2023 opens to entries.

The Road to Africa’s Single Market: Progress so far and challenges for the future
There have been major developments on the journey of preparedness for implementing the AfCFTA, including successes and challenges.
Council for International African Fashion Education on LinkedIn: #ciafe #fashioneducation #fashionpublishing #africanfashion…
OPPORTUNITIES AT CIAFE ➡️ Call for Papers for the Journal for African and Diaspora Fashion is open! The Journal is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed academic…
Here’s where to find the opportunity in clothing retailers
Analysis of the local clothing retail sector and tips on maximising wealth over the long term.
News24 Awards: Woolworths wins Company of the Year | Business
Woolworths was named News24’s inaugural Company of the Year at a gala event in Cape Town on Thursday evening.
ZUMI closes its doors as ‘current macro environment makes fundraising extremely difficult’ — Retail Technology Innovation Hub
African retail focused online marketplace startup ZUMI is no more. In a LinkedIn post, Co-Founder and CEO William McCarren said: “With a heavy heart, I share the news that ZUMI will be closing its doors.”
Making the fashion industry more sustainable - Esethu Cenga & Tshepo Bengu, Rewoven - Metavolve
In this episode The Founder Files podcast, Esethu Cenga and Tshepo Bengu, co-founders of Rewoven are proving that sustainable fashion is not just…
#15YearsofAFI’s impact on the fashion industry, celebrated with a special showcase featuring 15 Iconic Designers at #CTFashionWeek!
African Fashion International is delighted to declare that Cape Town Fashion Week was a smashing success, with participating designers showcasing breath-taking craftsmanship and ingenuity in their designs. Featuring 18 shows from 9 designers over 3 days, it was a true celebration of the best of Afri
Défilé | Africa Fashion Up 2022
Défilé des jeunes créateurs africains
Participate in CCI Skills Development Program
CFW- Culture Funding Watch, in Partnership with CcHub Creative Economy , Africa In Colors & Heva Fund, is organizing the CCI Skills Development Program in Anglophone Africa.It is a Free capacity building program in areas related to CCI funding.The program lasts 2 monts and contains 4 online Mast…
루카뇨 음딩게, 지구 반대편에서 전 세계를 매료시키고 있는 신진 디자이너
“성은 어떻게 발음하죠? 루카뇨-.” “음딩게. 루카뇨 음딩게예요.” ‘게’는 정확한 발음이 아니다. ‘기’와 ‘게’의 중간 혹은 ‘기-에’처럼 들린다. 지금은 사라진 아래 아 발음처럼 말이다. 루카뇨가 물었다. “지금 그곳은 어느 계절인가요?” “여름요. 비가 아주 많이 와요.” “아, 여기는 겨울이에요. 날씨는 화창하지만 바람이 차갑죠.” 남아프리카공화국 출신의 젊은 디자이너는 도톰한 후드 스웨트 셔츠를 입고 머그잔의 음료를 홀짝였다. 그는 저녁 6시에 인터뷰 약속을 잡아 미안해했고 시차가 큰 다른 나라의 디자이너와 어떻게 인터
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Jessica James: Bringing Clothes To Life Through 3D
When Jessica James’s 3D illustrations hit the internet, the Nigerian internet space went abuzz.
Instinct Brands Pty Ltd on LinkedIn: #b2b #surf #newcollection #heritage #southafrica #trunks #80s #fluro…
We are busy building our new Instinct collection for launch, which will feature some heritage series trunks, 100% recycled poly/spandex material with an 80s…


Elsewhere, Quiksilver, Billabong and Roxy have a new owner, WGSN releases a comprehensive future consumer 2025 trend report, Telfar begins a live pricing model experiment, H&M unveils its Mugler collab, Burberry acquires its puffer jacket supplier and Beyoncé & Adidas end their working relationship (which could either mean the end of Ivy Park, a search for a new production/retail partner to follow Topshop and Adidas, or Parkwood going in-house).

Authentic Brands to buy Quiksilver, Billabong and Roxy owner Boardriders
Authentic Brands aims to strategically diversify and expand its portfolio with the addition of iconic brands in board sports, including Quiksilver, Billabong, Roxy, DC Shoes, RVCA, Element and VonZipper…
Future Consumer 2025 — The New Nihilists
Beyoncé and Adidas Reportedly End Partnership, Will No Longer Collaborate on Ivy Park
Beyoncé and Adidas will reportedly no longer be working together on Ivy Park, with an insider saying the singer and brand were having creative differences.
Telfar’s Live Pricing Model ≠ More Expensive Clothes
Telfar’s next drop will employ a live pricing model, allowing demand for items to determine their price tag. Here’s everything you need to know.
Gio Goi founders take back business from JD Sports
Anthony and Christopher Donnelly, founders of Manchester-based streetwear brand Gio Goi, have re-acquired the business from sports retail giant JD Sports Fashion, Drapers has learned.
Football, fashion and the digital world collide as Lover’s F.C x EA SPORTS FIFA 23 launches -
A first-of-a-kind collaboration between football-inspired cult streetwear brand Lover’s F.C and EA SPORTS FIFA 23 launched at 5pm yesterday.
Qasimi’s New Fashion Incubator Program Winners Will Receive 10 Years Of Mentorship
Qasimi Rising announces winners to its inaugural Talent Incubator Program in Sharjah, UAE.
H&M previews Mugler collaboration and unveils campaign music video -
Global high street retailer H&M has announce that its next designer collaboration, with the house of Mugler…
Pratt Fashion to Honor Robin Givhan at Show, and Plans MFA Launch for 2024
Scheduled for May 10 at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, the event will showcase the school’s annual fashion show.
Burberry brings another supplier in house
The British luxury brand is among those betting on a more vertical supply chain to help it ensure capacity and improve quality, speed to market and sustainability.
Meet the young entrepreneurs making thousands from archival luxury
As young consumers increasingly seek archive and vintage luxury, a new wave of entrepreneurs have developed growing businesses from sourcing and reselling rare garments and accessories online.
Tommy Hilfiger Taps Yara Shahidi as Judge for New Legacy Challenge 2.0
The company has also named its three finalists for the contest.

In fashion technology, Karlie Kloss launches a fashion destination on Roblox, Levi's leans on supplementary AI models to 'increase diversity' and sustainability, Inditex sells Zara's Russian operations to the UAE's Daher Group, Trend God AI chat tool launches to interpret and present consumer trends, Prada collaborates with Adobe and Tommy Hilfiger makes Metaverse Fashion Week headlines.

Zara owner’s sale of Russia business to Middle East group approved
A deal by Inditex Group, owner of high street clothing chain Zara to sell its Russian interests to the United Arab Emirates-based Daher Group has been rubber-stamped by Moscow.
Karlie Kloss unveils her own fashion destination on Roblox
After piloting a Roblox fashion concept, the tech-friendly supermodel opens a fashion design and styling world called Fashion Klossette, which she hopes will become a central fashion destination on the metaverse platform.
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Levi’s to use AI models to ‘increase diversity and sustainability’
The denim brand will test the use of these models to “supplement” human ones.
Tommy Hilfiger to launch first-of-its-kind multi-metaverse hub
Tommy Hilfiger is linking five spaces via a new cross-metaverse hub for Metaverse Fashion Week. It’s a trial use case for interoperability many in the space have long been calling for, with brand identity at the centre.
It’s Time To Talk About Fashion’s Digital Talent Gap
With high DPC adoption in fashion, hybrid talent is in short supply. Brands and educators are working together to address the talent gap.
Prada Deepens Partnership With Adobe
The luxury group will utilize Adobe technology to build extensive customer profiles and enhance personalization efforts.
Piers Fawkes on LinkedIn: Trend God | 50 comments
Introducing my latest #AI-powered venture: Trend God. Say goodbye to scanning endless reports, browsing the web, or delegating research tasks to interns. As… | 50 comments on LinkedIn
Trend God's founder introduces the AI chat tool on LinkedIn
TREND GOD: I Am The Future
Trend God is an AI tool designed to comprehend and present the latest trends through an intuitive chat interface. Whether you’re seeking overarching themes in an industry vertical or looking for specific stats and case studies, Trend God has you covered.
How Zumba Conducts Product Development To Its Own Beat
Dance and apparel giant Zumba talks to us about how it uses PLM to track all its fast-moving parts and to bring its customers joy.

In labour & environment ethics, the Fashion Innovation Centre shows the EU parliament links between forced labour and overproduction, a new American coalition wants to 'Shut down Shein,' The Global Fashion Agenda is looking for 7 young new voices across fashion to join an assembly, Nike's unanswered forced labour questions draw new ire, Stella McCartney launches BioSequins, and Europe cracks down on misleading sustainability claims.

Leading sustainable fashion organisations seek inspirational Next Gen voices
Global Fashion Agenda has launched the search for seven leading Next Gen voices in the fashion industry to participate in the Next Gen Assembly.
New Coalition Wants to ‘Shut Down Shein’
The group accuses the fast-fashion juggernaut of making U.S. consumers “unknowingly complicit” in its “nefarious” business practices.
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Key Takeaways From the EU Parliament Event on Forced Labour
On 28th March 2023, the Care About What You Wear, Consume or Buy event took place at the European Parliament. The invite-only occasion focused on human rights to raise awareness of the impact of forced labour and the bro…
How wool fabric is made
Follow wool’s journey from fibre to fashion through processing. We take a close look at the worsted and woollen fibre processing techniques.
Sustainability and wool | Woolmark Learning Centre
free course on sustainability and wool by the woolmark learning centre
Nike ‘Ignoring’ Questions About Forced Labor, Shareholder Claims
An activist investment platform criticized the sportswear giant for its “unresponsiveness” about this “salient risk.”
Australia agrees compostable textile standard - Apparel Insider
Australia is set to be the first country in the world to launch a standard for compostable textiles, proposals agreed by Standards Australia
Stella McCartney revolutionizes fashion with world’s first sustainable BioSequins material - LVMH
Why H&M, Asos and Zalando Should Be Worried About ‘Radical’ Green Claims ‘Crackdown’
A leaked draft of the EU’s green claims directive will dramatically change the way brands communicate about their sustainability efforts, experts say.
Inditex discontinues sustainability label ‘Join Life’
Inditex has discontinued its sustainability label eight years after its launch, as stated in the group’s annual report 2022. Last year, ‘Join Life’ products represented 61% of Inditex’s offer.

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