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LANRE DA SILVA AJAYI
LANRE DA SILVA AJAYI
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Sophisticated, feminine, daring. This is how Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, Nigerian designer and founder of the eponymous brand, defines her unmistakable style. In love with couture from a bygone era yet attracted to the edgiest side of fashion, the designer teams past and present in each of her collections, while always staying faithful to African traditions. Patterns and prints enliven exquisite locally-made fabrics and provide an unconventional outlet in garments with a contemporary cut. Celebrated on international runways and in magazines, Lanre has received a number of awards for her outstanding contribution to the Nigerian fashion industry.

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BRAGHETTEROSSE
BRAGHETTEROSSE
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Braghetterosse produces accessories using labor in Ethiopian communities in partnership with humanitarian associations. In particular, the Mamamilks collection, which converts milk bags into original handbags, came out of a collaboration between the Don Bosco Children’s Project and Street Invest, which helps rehabilitate street kids, Berhan Taye (Alert Hospital), which takes in elderly patients disabled by leprosy, and Beza Lehiwot, which supports the most poverty-stricken mothers of Addis Ababa by offering them training in cutting, sewing and embroidery.

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CREA
CREA
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After decades working in the European fashion system, the three Italian women at the helm of CREA chose Kenya as the base for their new venture. The end result of collaboration between international designers and local communities, CREA accessories are hand-crafted using upcycled materials in ethical working conditions.

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KOFI ANSAH
KOFI ANSAH
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He studied at London's Chelsea School of Art and is now recognized as one of the most influential and creative representatives of African couture: Kofi Ansah can rightly be said to have changed the fashion scene in Ghana. His Artdress LDT develops fashion and design concepts, offers consultancy to other businesses, trains local designers in order to bring them to international attention and thus develop the exportation of Ghanaian clothing around the world.

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LEMLEM
LEMLEM
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Lemlem, meaning “blossom” in the Amharic language, was founded in 2007 by Liya Kabede, top model, actress and Goodwill Ambassador of the World Health Organization. The brand aims to preserve the aesthetic and historical value of the ancient art of Ethiopian weaving and contribute to the economic independence of the country. Made entirely by hand by local communities, Lemlem's cotton products boast outstanding quality of materials and craftsmanship and a cool, casual design.

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TIFFANY AMBER
TIFFANY AMBER
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Nigerian Folake Coker launched the Tiffany Amber Clothing Line in 1998, quickly gaining the attention of the fashion system both locally and beyond. In fact, Folake is the only designer of African descent to have put on two shows at New York Fashion Week. In 2011 her début in London established the brand at the very heights of international fashion. Glamorous and joyful, Tiffany Amber's collections are inspired by African heritage, pairing the more sumptuous aspects with a more European, romantic vein.

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SABAHAR
SABAHAR
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More than twenty-five artisan workers independently organize the spinning and weaving stages in the workshop and in their homes, using a level of teamwork that relies on the principles of ethical business, safety, equality and transparency. The aim of this philosophy is to preserve, enhance and communicate to the world the heritage of traditional Ethiopian techniques. A low-impact production system based on the skilled use of resources, hand-making and the use of natural dyes. All of this is Sabahar, a happy business dealing in silk - from cocoon breeding to the end product - and whose ethical conduct has earned it certification from the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).

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GLOBAL MAMAS
GLOBAL MAMAS
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Aimed at developing female economic independence in Ghana, Global Mamas involves 627 women workers in a system of small businesses managed with intelligence, enthusiasm and transparency. Thanks to the use of premium local materials, enhancement of traditional craftsmanship techniques, low-impact production, rigorous quality control procedures, ethical working conditions and investments in the global market to sustain the African economy, Global Mamas has merited the prestigious recognition of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) and the Fair Trade Federation (FTF).

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LE COLLANE DI BETTA
LE COLLANE DI BETTA
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Elisabetta Capolino is a Roman architect working in jewelry design with her line entitled "Le collane di Betta" (Betta's necklaces). During a trip to Africa, Elisabetta fell in love with traditional tribal adornments and the possibility of passing on the ancient fascination for shapes, colors and contemporary constructions. This led to a collection handmade by craftswomen in Nairobi, using premium local, natural and eco-sustainable materials and promoting a model of ethical development.

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KOSHIE O.
KOSHIE O.
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Founded by Nina Baksmaty, the brand Koshie O. is the flag-bearer for a new concept in luxury that teams urban aesthetics with refined craftsmanship tradition in an absolutely contemporary "glocal" project. The designer, who divides her time between New York, where she trained, and Ghana, her home country, focuses on premium fabrics selected, processed and hand-sewn by local dressmakers and artisans. A unique mix of color and cultural references.

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