Monday, November 11, 2013

International Trade Centre Ethical Fashion Initiative: Call for African fashion Designers

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Organised by the Ethical Fashion Initiative a segment of the International Trade Centre; The “Ethical Fashion Initiative connects the fashion business with artisans in Africa and Haiti…provide work for marginalized people who have a strong desire to change their lives…make it possible for the fashion world to embrace the skills of artisans in the developing world.” And ultimately declare that “We are not a charity.”

See details on how to to take part after the jump.

* Are you a fashion and/or accessories designer based in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria or Senegal?

* Do you have an established business which you want to see grow?

* Do you have a vision for an international future?

The International Trade Centre’s Ethical Fashion Initiative facilitates sustainable trade for African fashion. We are seeking designers from the listed West African nations who have creative capacities and potential to expand their business while creating jobs for artisans and others in the domestic market.

Could that designer be you?

The designer that our assessment panel selects will receive mentorship by leading fashion professionals and connections to key showrooms in Europe with the objective of earning international distribution. Mentoring support from International Trade Centre is long-term. The aim is to help one talented designer achieve maximum potential. The designer may also have the opportunity to participate in a fashion show in a European capital.

If you fit the descriptions above, please send a complete application no later than December 1st 2013. Applications submitted after this deadline will not be accepted.

Applications should include a completed template, a designer CV(PDF format only) and 8 photos of your work (JPEG format, maximum 600 x 425px / 20 x 15 cm in 150 dpi) saved in a zipped folder emailed to

Read more about the Ethical Fashion Initiative here or at the Ethical Fashion Initiative Facebook page.


Goodluck designers!!!
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