How Industrie Africa is networking the African fashion industry

In the new column for Vogue Germany, Waridi ‚Äď Wardah talks about the Digitalism currently crowning the skies of business. I had the opportunity of catching up with the remarkable woman, Nisha Kanabar. She is a pioneer, curator, and founder of ‚ÄúIndustrie Africa‚ÄĚ and has a wide range of experience, having worked in the luxury fashion and publishing industry. It was a thrilling experience to pick her brain about the ins and outs of fashion and e-commerce in Africa and how the new-born online platform ‚ÄúIndustrie Africa‚ÄĚ is taking the world by storm.

Weaving the Future: African Designers of Today: Waridi Schrobsdorff presents four African upcycling labels

Waridi Schrobsdorff was born in Kenya and has lived in Berlin for many years. She writes for VOGUE about the (fashionable) talents of Africa. She presents her work with the FA254 platform and four upcycling labels in this text.
Working as an African Fashion advocate in Germany has been an enriching journey.
Fashion Africa 254 is a platform I founded based in Berlin. I aim to rebrand Africa focusing on its emerging designers, styles, and creative movers, shaking the continent up by bridging Africa with German-speaking countries and vice versa. Starting in 2013/14 with the
first edition of ADFT (‚ÄúAfrican Designers for Tomorrow‚ÄĚ), a collection of 15 selected designers from across the African continent were displayed and sold at Lodenfrey, a fashion department store in Munich.

Waridi Schrobsdorff on African identities and fashion

The new column! Waridi Schrobsdorff was born in Kenya and has lived in Berlin for many years. She is now writing for VOGUE about African identities, unique features, and the continent’s (fashionable) talents.
This is the first episode of Waridi Schrobsdorff’s new VOGUE column. Being born a Kenyan, my entire family, going back to my grandparents, were all born and raised in Kenya and live there to date. I am one of the rare ones who journeyed overseas to pursue my mission, from Abu Dhabi to Dubai. Having a Muslim background, I dressed as an Arab girl, so there was no question of my heritage, even though I am an African. Arriving in London, I was not considered an African. When people would ask me where I was from, my answer would always be that I was Kenyan. English people had more knowledge of Africa, so being Kenyan was understood, but I was not seen as African because of my lighter complexion. My mixture is Arabic from Yemen and African from the Nandi Tribe.

African fashion: We present the 10 most exciting labels and design talents from Africa

‚ÄúEven though he is so young, he has ideas that can make his label a global brand,‚ÄĚ said Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri about Thebe Magugu, the winner of the LVMH Prize 2019. The 27-year-old grew up in South Africa with three women who shaped him enormously and sparked his love for fashion: his grandmother, aunt, and mother. The
designer regularly studied how they styled each other before going out or going to church.
His current collection has a very personal reference: “As a child, I had terrible nightmares.
My mother advised me to write them down to get rid of them. A few months ago, she found these diaries, and I thought it would be great to transform something so ugly into something impressive.

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