In The News | 29 September 2022

Bumper edition: African fashion's global activity, SA value chain news & increased funding access in Côte d'Ivoire.

In The News | 29 September 2022
Katush Gwaride collection | Sourced, EFI

Wait, isn't this supposed to be an original story on We Are EGG?
Correct! But their launch was delayed, and may potentially be delayed again, so I thought I'd let them cross the finish line first — the story works better that way, and I should be able to add photos and footage from the finished product. It all works out, because in the meantime, the headlines really piled up:


The Design Indaba has issued its 2023 Emerging Creatives call; entries close at the end of November.

The search for South Africa’s next generation of creative sensations is back! | Design Indaba
Applications to participate in the Design Indaba Emerging Creatives Class of 2023 are now open!

SAFW, supplied

SAFW classes have brought industry voices together to share knowledge on retail readiness, securing stockists, business growth and brand building in live webinars over the past month, all available on YouTube.

Twyg on Instagram

Another set of standout stories by Twyg reviews the clothing master plan, 3 years in, and explores perspective on women's challenger-style participation in fashion with the founder of ONEOFEACH.

They've also announced their jury members for this year's Sustainable Fashion Awards, including Lagos Fashion Week's Omoyemi Akerele, Industrie Africa's Nisha Kanabar, Rewoven's Esethu Cenga, editor Sharon Armstrong and TUT's
Dr. Sipho Mbatha. Country Road and the Coutts family will both return to support special awards.

In other South African sustainability news, a new startup, CURBON is working to make online shopping carbon neutral.

Carbon-Neutral Online Shopping Launches In South Africa | TechFinancials
With a goal to curb carbon emissions, South African startup Curbon, will make carbon-neutral online shopping possible through the launch of the country’s very first plugin created to help fight climate change. Curbon’s unique offering gives shoppers the opportunity to take direct, meaningful cli ...

Folklore Connect ends its beta, officially opening its B2B platform access up to brands in emerging markets looking for an international footprint, and global retailers looking for new voices to diversify their offering. Features include virtual showrooms, wholesale order management, a retailer and brand discovery marketplace. Surprisingly, the platforms introductory subscription plan for brands is free, with a 20% commission that decreases considerably as the brands graduate to paid plans.

The Folklore Connect
The Folklore Connect is a wholesale e-commerce platform that empowers global retailers to discover and shop diverse fashion and lifestyle brands in emerging markets

IFFAC has a new ambassadors collective, tasked with bringing attention to the industry's collaborative value on the continent.

IMPACT FUND FOR AFRICAN CREATIVES on LinkedIn: #IFFAC #AfricanFashionFoundation #AfricanFashion
Africa is a collaborative continent, and we embrace that today by breaking down barriers and welcoming participation by all. African Fashion Foundation...

SACTWU settled a wage dispute and secured a 7% increase for workers after 3 negotiations and 2 meetings with Apparel and Textile Association of South Africa (ATASA), the South African Apparel Association (SAAA), and the South African Clothing Manufacturers' Association (SACMA), under guidance from the National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry. They also secured an increase of CPI+1% for next year, and incremental increases in employer provident fund contributions.

South African clothing sector workers to get 7% wage hike from Sep 1
Clothing sector workers in South Africa have secured a 7 per cent wage hike from September 2022. The COSATU-affiliated Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union...

The expansion quest of South Africa's fashion retail giants continues, with Truworths' new distribution centre plans.

Truworths to build a new distribution centre the size of almost 7.5 soccer fields in Cape Town | Businessinsider
Fashion retailer Truworths is in the process of building a 53,000 m2 distribution centre. The distribution centre will be located at King Air Industria, giving it critical access to Cape Town International Airport cargo terminals.

The South African Revenue Service is taking a hard look at luxury goods, as suspicion of the asset class rises — how many wealthy individuals are using them to hide taxable income?

SARS starts to target buyers of luxury goods | Fin24
The SA Revenue Service (SARS) is investigating luxury-goods purchases as part of a clampdown on individuals it suspects are deliberately hiding sources of income from the authorities.

TFG & Tapestry's merger rolls on, with big plans for local manufacturing jobs tied to the Competition commission's merger approval conditions: extend the retail footprint, add new jobs, and introduce a historically disadvantaged individual to the set of major shareholders.

COMPANIES: The Foschini Group’s latest acquisition set to boost furniture and textile jobs
The local furniture and textile manufacturing industry is set to receive a welcome boost following final Competition Commission approval for The Foschini Group to acquire Tapestry Home Brands, which includes the Coricraft, Dial-a-Bed, The Bed Store and Volpes brands.

Woolworths might finally be turning its Fashion-Beauty-Home division around, giving food a run for its money. Change appears to be driven by growth at Country Road and a tight money management leash on David Jones.

Birimian partners with Orange Bank to extend financial support for Ivorian cultural industry brands.

Laureen Kouassi-Olsson on LinkedIn: Birimian x Orange Bank Africa | 13 comments
We are really thrilled and proud of this partnership with Orange Bank which strengthens our positioning as the leading financial institution dedicated to… | 13 comments on LinkedIn


Elsewhere, African designers have had a winning season this past month:

In New York, The Folklore brought 4 African brands to the Coterie showroom.

The Folklore Group on LinkedIn: Flirty, Feminine Dresses and Colorful Cotton and Cashmere Sweaters Entice…
The Folklore Group had the pleasure of presenting four brands from Africa and the diaspora at this year’s Informa Markets Coterie Trade Show in New York. “I…

In Tokyo, Ratuken Fashion Week played host to Afromatic Tokyo, a new festival for contemporary African Art and Fashion that featured the work of IAMISIGO, Olubiyi Thomas and Labrum London.

AFROMATIC TOKYO | Rakuten Fashion Week TOKYO
AFROMATIC TOKYO, Rakuten Fashion Week TOKYO (RakutenFWT) is the most famous fashion festival of Japan.

In Milan, Selfi, Imprint, E.G Jewellery, Floyd Avenue, Hamethop and Sash South Africa will participate in White Milano's inaugural EXPOWHITE trade event, and successful on-schedule showings are reported for Tokyo James, MMUSOMAXWELL & Viviers.

Milan Fashion Week, the news. Open parades, debuts, anniversaries and returns - The News Department
It was in the air and Milan Fashion Week (September 25-25) confirms it. Fashion bows to pop power and opens the doors of the once snobbish glass towers. Not only are the fashion capitals increasingly actively involved, but more and more brands are launching competitions to offer tickets to fans,…

In Paris, Jacques Bam is one of 5 laureates up for the Africa Fashion Up prize, first won by Emmy Kasbit's Emmanuel Okoro in 2021, EFI's Horizon showroom opens today, and will feature the brands graduating from its accelerator program: Ohiri, Hamaji and Katush. The Tranoï trade show also opens today, with a heavy African complement: Kiko Romeo, Doreen Mashika, Rich Mnisi, David Tlale, Hamethop, Taibobacar, Vanhu Vamwe, We Are (NBO), Lafalaise-Dion, ABIOLA OLUSOLA, Adele Dejak and Mafi Mafi. Thebe Magugu also takes on Paris this week at the Sphere PFW showroom, ahead of four free shows to be staged at the V&A museum in London as part of the museum's Fashion In Motion series.

Tranoï - The leading fashion tradeshow in Paris
Four times a year during Paris Fashion Week, the TRANOÏ fashion trade show takes place in prestigious venues and establishes a relationship between creativity and business.
V&A · Fashion in Motion: Thebe Magugu
Thebe Magugu will present his first fashion show outside of Johannesburg, showcasing pieces made entirely from fabrics discarded by Europe and America
It’s a Bam world: SA designer named fashion laureate in 2022 project
The local designer is taking over the world one clothing item at a time. We talk to him about his latest award and the future of his bold brand.
HORIZON SS23 showroom for African brands opens in Paris - Ethical Fashion Initiative
This Spring Summer 2023 season, Ethical Fashion Initiative is in Paris presenting the HORIZON showroom, a selection of young design talent from across the African continent. HORIZON is a space, place and tempo to discover the new vanguard of African designers practicing sustainable design and weavin…

Further afield, Dior is coming to Egypt in December, Li Edelkoort has launched a sustainable textiles Master's Program at Polimoda, Porto Business School launches an executive Global fashion business program, and in response to digital fashion's growing needs, The Dematerialised has created a labour transparency standard for creators to use.

Alexandra Ilg on LinkedIn: Today Beata Wilczek and I presented “REAL” - DMATs Digital Fashion
Today Beata Wilczek and I presented “REAL” - DMATs Digital Fashion Labour Transparency Standard at the 202030 - THE BERLIN FASHION SUMMIT We launched...
Dior Will Show Its Men’s Pre-Fall Collection in Front of Egypt’s Giza Pyramids
The runway, helmed by Kim Jones, will take place on December 3.
Lidewij Edelkoort Starts Up a New Master’s Program in Sustainable Textile Production | The Slowdown - Culture, Nature, Future
The Dutch-born trend forecaster’s “Farm to Fabric to Fashion” program at the Florence fashion school Polimoda covers the whole lifecycle of a piece’s creation.
Global Fashion Business | Porto Business School
The programme provides participants with an innovative learning environment which supports the development of forward thinking and strategic skills in fashion business and management.

[Big thank you to Masego Morgan for her help sourcing stories on African brand global activity this month for this section!]


Fashion jobs in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Lagos and Kigali.

We are looking for a Circular Economy Hub Manager in Kigali — BESTSELLER Foundation
The ‘Circular Economy Hub Africa’ is a physical space that will house circular economy entrepreneurs, startups and SME-teams, with the offerings mentioned above. It will be centrally located in Kigali with the ambition of leveraging the physical space to also build an online platform for expanding t
M.O.T hiring Brand Associate in Lagos, Nigeria | LinkedIn
Posted 3:35:51 AM. About M.O.TM.O.T is a fashion brand which engages in design, production, marketing and retail of…See this and similar jobs on LinkedIn.
Solus hiring Fashion Designer in Johannesburg Metropolitan Area | LinkedIn
Posted 8:28:30 AM. Would be heavily involved in product design and product development at @solusstoreza. - Must be…See this and similar jobs on LinkedIn.
Truworths on LinkedIn: #Truworthscareers #Planner #Fashion
PLANNER Truworths has an opportunity for you to work with our Buying/Planning teams using the latest merchandise systems to effectively trade product...

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