In response to growing demand from socially conscious consumers, ethical fashion brands are popping up around the world and established brands are developing eco-friendly lines. The brands below are just some of several that are empowering economically disadvantaged artisans in communities across several African countries.
Ethical Fashion Brands
The Haute Baso vision is to promote Rwanda’s ability to produce high-end and functional products that are able to compete on local and international levels.
Anita Quansah creates unique and stylish one-off pieces of clothing with matching neckpieces using vintage and recycled materials which beautifully meld into a look of classic sophistication.
KIKI Clothing is the brainchild of Titi Ademola, a fashion designer who is devoted to creating ready-to-wear collections that are meticulously made in Ghana.
Améyo is a Ghanaian womenswear clothing brand founded by Klekleli Dzidzienyo. The brand is inspired by the natural diversity in culture with exotic playful and sublime aesthetics.
Sonia Mugabo is a Rwandan fashion brand that was born out of founder, Sonia Mugabo’s strong interest in design; and the desire to tap into the existing local artisan talent to make high quality men and womenswear.
Studio 189 is a fashion brand based in Ghana created by Abrima Erwiah and Rosario Dawson. It provides a platform to promote African brands through worldwide distribution and manufacturing of their artisan produced collection.
U.Mi-1 (pronounced you.me.one) is a contemporary brand that appeals to people who judge luxury from the finishing inside to the detailing on the outside.
Sophie Zinga is a Senegalese fashion brand. The collection features exquisite and the finest materials and fabrics namely silks, hand made Senegalese cloth and semi-precious stones.
Duaba Serwa is a Ghanaian womenswear brand founded by Nelly Hagan-Aboagye. Initially starting as a jewelry designer, Duaba Serwa then developed its trademark of applying jewelry to clothes.
ZikoAfrika is a contemporary accessories brand. Each product is handcrafted in Kenya and reflects both European and African design aesthetics for a modern take on traditional forms and materials.
Mimi Plange is a modern women’s wear brand launched in 2010 by American-Ghanaian designer, Mimi Plange. Lost African civilizations inspire the Mimi Plange clothing and give the collection depth of meaning.
Mina Evans is a Ghanaian womenswear brand that designs a cool, playful and colorful collection. Mina Evans also designs a menswear line.
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