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CNN Marketplace Africa: South African Fashion Designers are Giving Chinese Brands a Run for their Money

“Simple slip-ons have been the secret ingredient in Rachmat Thomas’ success story. The fashion entrepreneur’s shoe factory used to employ 90 people, but these days demand from South Africa’s largest apparel retailers is so high, she needs the skills of 300 workers. “The success story about this pump is that it is all handcrafted,” says…

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Video: Making Blockbuster Movies in a Nation without Theaters

  With no permanent cinema houses left in Cameroon, filmmakers and film enthusiasts alike are finding creative ways to bring African-made movies to the people. From the first film school of its kind in the country to a traveling cinema that brings movies directly to unlikely communities, CNN Inside Africa’s Soni Methu explores the world…

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Orange Culture, MaXhosa by Laduma, Projecto Mental & Dent de Man at Pitti Uomo 88 with Ethical Fashion Initiative rs

Can Fashion Ever Be Ethical?

“Work is dignity,” says Simone Cipriani. “People want employment, not charity.” With that in mind, Italian-born Cipriani founded a programme in 2009 called the Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) that links some of the world’s top fashion talents to marginalised artisans – mostly women – in East and West Africa, Haiti and the West Bank. Now…

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Video: 6 African Women to Watch in Fashion |Bloomberg TV Africa

Major international brands are seeking to cash in on Africa’s rapidly expanding consumer class. Attention is now diverted towards rising stars within the African fashion space and western labels are increasingly referencing the continent. Uche Okoronkwo talks to African designers and experts about new developments within the industry.

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Video: Hanneli Rupert Speaks on OKAPI, her Fast Rising Eco-Fashion Brand | @OkpaiAfrica

Entrepreneur Hanneli Rupert speaks to This Day Live on eco-fashion – and South African artisans’ work to produce luxury goods. Her luxury brand of handbags and accessories is made entirely in Africa from locally sourced raw materials and named after the elusive antelope otherwise known as the ‘African unicorn.’ The brand draws influence from the…

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