H&M makes rights pledge to 1.6m textile workers

Swedish retail giant H&M on Tuesday signed an agreement promising better labour rights for 1.6 million garment workers at its suppliers’ factories. The deal, reached with international union IndustriALL Global Union and Sweden’s IF Metall union, covers workers employed in 1 900 factories in “countries such as Cambodia, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Turkey”, the three organisations said in…

African models: Showing the world different shades of beauty

Themed “Our Heritage Reimagined”, MBFWAfrica 2014 showcases over 27 African designers, whose creations are paraded on the bodies of local and international models. But, asks Deon Redman, African Fashion Internal Technical Director, how do we as Africans find a way to retrain our sense of culture and put it into a modern contemporary perspective?. Read…

Doreen Mashika: Ethics you can wear

Tanzanian-born and Zanzibar-based fashion designer Doreen Mashika has collaborated with global fashion brand and LVMH subsidiary, Edun and South Africa’s Loin Cloth & Ashes, and will soon be teaming up with vintage-inspired and bohemian-chic United States chain store Anthropologie. Mashika studied and worked for a luxury goods fund management company in Switzerland before coming back…

Online shopping for customised African designs

Kisua (kisua.com), the brainchild of chief ­executive Samuel ­Mensah and creative director Danica Lepen, is slowly revolutionising African fashion. Launched late last year, this clever fusion of an African fashion e-store and a design and ­manufacturing platform, uses the digital bubble to sell the ranges of local designers around the world while abetting their creative…