Business

An Homage to Michelle

For the last eight years we’ve watched how Michelle Obama’s style and taste can shape a presidency – and one of the most interesting articles I’ve read to date about Michelle’s impact on the fashion industry is by Vanessa Friedman of the NY Times.  ‘There is simply no ignoring the …

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Ivory Coast fashion industry in ‘Launch Mode’

In the 2 weeks following Beyonce’s half time performance of Formation at the 50th Superbowl, the video was viewed online more than 60 million times and has caused a worldwide sensation. It featured work by Ivorian designer Loza Maléombho and you can expect to feel much more influence from her homeland in the near …

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Ghandor ready to deliver the scent of Africa

Many of our readers are likely to be familiar with Ghandor cosmetics, as they’ve provided skin and hair care products in West Africa for the past twenty years. With over 600 people at its head office in Accra, Ghana, Ghandour also has operations in another 14 African countries – including Mali, Togo, Burkina Faso …

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MOBO backed report reveals BAME employment gap

Speaking to a packed room at London’s Southbank, MOBO CEO Kanya King delivered a clear message to the audience in the wake of the Creative Industries report on diversity, “We need our creative industries to reflect the general population, not only for social justice, but to enable it to flourish”. This …

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Does the African fashion industry need leadership?

When it comes to the markets for cars, music or technology – then the major events are easy to pick out, everything is clearly organised on a global scale, very efficient and business like. With African fashion, events seem more localised, the design and production are smaller-scale and often regionalised. How …

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Highest GLM ranked African fashion cities

Since people first started wearing clothes, there has been discussion about influence in the world of fashion, but in the past the connections were ill-defined and relied too much on a handful of publications. The advent of the internet has seen the connection between new discoveries and their influence on the global market, come …

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Facebook targets a billion subscribers in Africa

In October 2012, Facebook passed the ‘one billion users a month’ mark. While that is a phenomenal number, Facebook is also a listed company with shares trading on the stock exchange. As such, it has a duty to its shareholders to do its best, expand its business and increase revenues. …

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Dawn of major internet fashion shopping in Africa?

Over the past 20 years, travelling to Africa gave you the distinct impression that northern trade centered on the Emirates, West African commerce with Nigeria as its hub and that Sub Saharan trade emanated out from South Africa. Yet, until recently, internet commerce in these countries was relatively low compared to …

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31 billion dollars spending in sub-Saharan Africa

How hard a company or group of organisations will push into a market, depends mostly on something called the TAM. The Total Available/Addressable Market. In other words, “How much spending money is there in this new area?” is a question that needs to be answered, accurately, before a sales push …

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