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Largest African fashion conference in Europe returns

THE FASHION Africa Conference, hosted by the social Enterprise Africa Fashion Guide returns to London on 25 and 26 May. There is no other fashion conference of this scale outside of Africa which seeks to bring together international interest for industry opportunities on the content.

The event coincides with Africa Day, which began in 1963 to mark the formation of the Organisation of African Unity.

The conference was founded in 2011 by African fashion expert, author, social entrepreneur and creator of the Africa Fashion Guide, Jacqueline Shaw, who has announced that this year’s theme is 'Africa. Fashion's Future'. Shaw says:

“The artisan craft sector is the second-largest employer in the developing world. In the next five years, Africa’s textile industry could generate up to $15.5 billion revenue according to The African Development Bank. Within Africa, the entire textile/clothing market is already worth more than $31billion and accounts for the second largest number of jobs in developing countries after agriculture.

SEAT AT THE TABLE: Founder of the Fashion Africa Conference Jacqueline Shaw

"As it has been stressed, Africa will rise not by charity or aid but through investment and trade. So the time to invest is now, and a strong garment manufacturing sector is key to Africa's development.”

Confirmed speakers include Simone Cipriani of Ethical Fashion Intiative, Laduma Ngxokolo of Maxhoa, Tamsin Lejuene of Ethical Fashion Forum, Orsola Castro of Fashion Revolution Day, Inge Wallace of Fashion For Good (on behalf of the C & A Foundation), and Lance Clark with Dulma Clark of Soul of Africa and more.

The Fashion Africa Conference takes place on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 May 2017 from 9am to 6pm (doors open at 8.30am) and includes a networking reception hosted by Proudly Made in Africa will happen on Thursday 25 from 6.30pm; at Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5EE.

To register, click here.

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