MeMeMe - “We love South Africa and believe in building our fashion industry and country one dress at a time.”
MeMeMe is a much loved boutique and emporium that stocks the best of Ready to Wear South African designer clothing, accessories, shoes and handbags.
The company was started by award winning sculptor and fashion designer, Doreen Southwood in 2001, with the goal of establishing an accessible and independent fashion emporium for South African fashion designers.
Now in its 10th year and with two stores, the original in Cape Town and a branch in Johannesburg, Mememe is known for having carefully curated collections of some of South Africa’s leading designers that allow visitors to get lost in a world of total indulgence where it’s all about the individual and that very special moment of choosing a garment that expresses the ultimate me.
Visit the Website: www.mememe.co.za
KISUA is a unique African fashion brand that showcases our continent’s brightest design talent to the world. We create exclusive capsule collections in collaboration with African designers. KISUA is the only African fashion company with distribution centers on three continents - Africa, America and Europe; from where we service a global customer base.
Inspired by the sights, sounds and tastes of Africa, we blend traditional techniques and materials with a contemporary design aesthetic.
The result: we delight our customers with exquisite, top quality, contemporary African fashion. KISUA delivers beautiful African fashion pieces to the doors of women around the globe.
KISUA aims to provide a sustainable platform for African craftsmen and designers to access the international market. We fund designer collaborations through the KISUA Designer Fund, and provide financial support to African designers by paying a portion of every sale from collaborative collections directly to the designer.
We have established large scale manufacturing capabilities and overcome infrastructural hurdles to ensure the seamless delivery of African fashion to the world. With development, production and distribution taken care of by KISUA, the quality of every garment is guaranteed. The majority of our sourcing and production takes place in Africa.
Visit the Website: www.kisua.com
STUDIO ONE EIGHTY NINE (headquartered in Ghana, West Africa and USA) is a social enterprise that provides a platform to help promote and curate African and African-inspired content and brands through worldwide distribution and manufacturing of our private label artisan produced collection as well as through our support of other brands.
We focus on empowerment, creating jobs and supporting education and skills training. The first collection was launched on February 14th 2013 in honor of One Billion Rising.
Created by the hollywood actress Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah, the mission of Studio OneEighty Nine and the idea for Fashion Rising took shape following a trip with V-Day in February 2011, through Kenya, Burundi and Rwanda to Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the opening of the City of Joy.
Shop Now: www.studiooneeightynine.com
A not-for-profit social enterprise promoting the full supply chain of Africa's fashion and textile industry.
Fashion Africa Yearly Conferences and events create opportunities to share ideas, information and expertise, to raise awareness and elevate the perception of design from the continent.
Our events are must attend events where there are a mix of press, brands and industry influencers and insiders with a mutual involvement and/or vested interest in elevating African trade, design and production, and who want to be part of the wider solution to raise Africa as a trailblazer in quality design and production.
‘Fashion Africa’ Conference and Seminars were created to be a catalyst in the industry to help change perceptions of the fashion and textile industry in Africa and to ask those in Africa working in garment design and textile manufacturing what THEY think and need and so aim to keep these discussions ongoing in different locations annually where possible international industry leaders can connect.
Established in 2013 by Paola Masperi, Mayamiko is a collection of clothing, accessories and home wares , ethically made in Malawi fusing together contemporary design with traditional African techniques.
Stand out from the fashion crowd in our fashion forward looks in stylish and bold traditional African printed cotton, known locally as chitenje, as well as other unique fabrics from neighbouring African countries, all sourced at the local market. We also have beautiful batik and dip dye cotton, hand dyed especially for us by Dominic a local craftsman! And we also have Rebirth, our fully up-cycled capsule collection, giving a whole new life to pre-loved reclaimed fabrics.
We believe that ethical production should not compromise the quality and design of the product, rather it adds to its exquisiteness and value. We produce high quality, luxury ethical goods that are unique to the market.
Maki Oh is a womenswear brand that fuses traditional African techniques with detailed contemporary construction. Founded by Maki Osakwe in 2010, the Maki Oh design ethos challenges prevailing notions of beauty and analyses cultural norms through a womanist lens. The brand is centred in a strong sense of identity and culture, creating narrative pieces that function as direct channels of communication. The Maki Oh vision extends beyond physical beauty to a textured, layered, and three-dimensional aesthetic, embodying the philosophies of sustainability, preservation, strength and complex simplicity.
Maki Oh has been worn by Mrs. Michelle Obama, Lupita N'yongo, Solange Knowles, Leelee Sobieski, Alek Wek, Thandie Newton, Azaelia Banks and more. The brand has shown it's collections during NYFW and has been featured in Vogue Magazine, WWD, New York Times , The Wall Street Journal, Business of Fashion, W Magazine, New York Magazine, The Financial Times, Forbes, Elle Magazine, Interview Magazine, The Fader, Glamour, Paper Magazine, Nylon, and many others.
In 2014, Maki Oh was invited to the White House as one of Mrs. Michelle Obama's favourite designers, along with Diane Von Furstenberg, Jason Wu, Public School and more. Maki Oh was the first and only Africa-based designer to be invited to the White House. Maki Oh was also one of two Africans to become a finalist in the first LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers.