ABC Connects Fashion with Africa

By on January 19, 2019

ABC Connect is the AFFORD Business Club’s monthly networking event, it is an opportunity to network with members and gain some insight from experts in various fields.

ABC Connect in January 2019 will be a roundtable discussion focusing on the business of fashion in Africa and reaching wider markets. We will be hearing from industry experts, successful designers and those with the finance to provide necessary insight to fashion entrepreneurs with their eye on Africa.

  • Testimony from industry experts
  • Experience of successful designers
  • Access to finance opportunities
  • Networking with fashion insiders

Our guest speakers will include Jacqueline Shaw Director of Africa Fashion Guide, Yemisi Mokuolu CEO of Hatch Africa and Aji Ayorinde of MIA London.

Jacqueline Shaw
Jacqueline is a professional Fashion Designer by trade with a background working and designing for fashion companies PUMA, Russell Athletic, Ocean Pacific, Fila, Chilli Pepper in London to name a few, and Babylon Princesse (Talent in Shanghai) in China. An eco-entrepreneur, owner of ethical designer wedding dress company Latibeau Ltd and with a large interest in Africa’s fashion and textile industry, ethical fashion, sustainability and even more for international development through trade. Jacqueline forged AFG with the focus to promote the African fashion and textile industry to the greater global textile industry and thus to create links with African fashion businesses and the UK and EU fashion retail and consumer markets. Jacqueline has self-published her first book on African fashion, launched summer 2011 entitled ‘Fashion Africa’.

Yemisi Mokuolu
Yemisi Mokuolu is an accomplished and highly regarded creative industries consultant and independent producer at the forefront of Africa’s creative industries. She founded HATCH in 2002 with a focus on profiling and promoting African arts and artists and HATCH Africa in 2012 to offer specialist support developing the creative industries across Africa. Through her consultancy, she supports a range of sector from Craft, Fashion, Film, Music and Visuals Arts working on behalf of government agencies and private businesses to provide creative business advice, mentoring, research and training programmes across Europe and Africa. Clients have included; Bank of Industry (Nigeria), British Council, City University, Department for Industry & Trade (UK), Goethe Institute, Institut français and the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce. As an independent producer, she has produced some of London’s largest African arts festivals and co-produces the ‘Asa Baako – One Dance’ festival in Ghana and “Oliva Tweest: An Afrobeats Musical”. Today, Yemisi’s main focus is in the development of funding and financing options to better serve Africa’s rapidly growing Creative Economy.

Aji Ayorinde
Aji is a social entrepreneur, designer, freelancer and Cambridge University Entrepreneurship Masters student. A former finance lawyer, Aji now acts as a legal consultant for start-ups. Aji was named as one of the UK’s top eight future ‘BAME’ leaders by the government’s APPG on ethnicity, nominated for the Diversity Legal Awards ‘Rising Star – Entrepreneurship’ Award and listed as one of the UK’s top 100 ‘Creative Changemakers’ by The Dots UK. Aji is also the founder and creative director of ethical clothing brand and fashion tech company MIA, co-chair of social enterprise The Law Collective which has been responsible for helping hundreds of Black students secure jobs within the legal profession, committee member of the British Nigeria Law Forum and co-head of their junior lawyers’ division, Arts & Culture Contributor to GUAP Magazine, key member of the Black British City Group and former board member of London-based start-up community organisation ‘YSYS.

This exclusive event is limited to 20 seats, so register now and don’t miss out!

ABC Connects Fashion with Africa will be held at Rich Mix Thursday 24th January 2019.

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