The Designers Studio

Financial Sense; managing and planning your financial goals in a fashion business #Business Talk #TDSvoices
Financial Sense; managing and planning your financial goals in a fashion business
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Over the years, launching a fashion business has become more challenging and more expensive. Marketing, manufacturing, materials, showroom costs and shipping rates are just some of the expenses you have to look forward to when starting a fashion business. The...
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Fashion is a business; think like an entrepreneur #Business Talk #TDSvoices
Fashion is a business; think like an entrepreneur
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There seems to be a misconception about fashion. Fashion is more than just glamour, glitz and who wore it best on the red carpet. Fashion is a multibillion-dollar industry that has significant influence on the economical and societal aspect of...
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Fashion is ultimately a Business: October Business Talk series #BusinessTalk Chapter One
Fashion is ultimately a Business: October Business Talk series #BusinessTalk
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Author: Wanjiku N. M | Editor and Founder of TDS | Twitter: @WanjikuNM ____________ We had so much fun last month gathering stories from around this continent on our Africa Speaks Series. From the artistic photographs of Nairobi at night from Nairobi...
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01.10.2015 The Designers Studio turns TWO and it's because of you! Thank you! A personal letter to say thank you … Wanjiku N. M, Editor and Founder of TDS | Twitter: @WanjikuNM
01.10.2015 The Designers Studio turns TWO and it’s because of you! Thank you!
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Author: Wanjiku N. M | Editor and Founder of TDS | Twitter: @WanjikuNM ____________ A LETTER FROM ME TO YOU TO SAY THANK YOU! Yesterday, TDS turned two and to think that two years have passed so quickly. I just wanted to thank...
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Nyorh Agwe’s women’s lifestyle brand constantly inspired by moments, memories, and experiences #AfricaSpeaks #TDSvoices
Nyorh Agwe’s women’s lifestyle brand constantly inspired by moments, memories, and experiences
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Nyorh Agwe is a Cameroonian fashion designer based in New York who explores her Cameroonian identity through artistic, eclectic and beautiful creations. Her brand is a women's lifestyle brand that reflects Nyorh Agwe's cross cultural experiences as an African girl...
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Nairobi Noir: Nairobi Night Life Through a Lens #AfricaSpeaks #TDSvoices
Nairobi Noir: Nairobi Night Life Through a Lens
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Sometimes we forget just how beautiful Africa or more specifically Kenya is. We forget the nature, the color and the warmth that exudes from our countries in Africa. There is more to Africa than just dusty villages, barefoot children and...
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The power of the African Narrative-TedTalk Chris Abani #AfricaSpeaks #TDSvoices
The power of the African Narrative-TedTalk Chris Abani
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"There's been a lot of talk about narrative in Africa. And what's become increasingly clear to me is that we're talking about news stories about Africa; we're not really talking about African narratives," says Nigerian novelist and poet Christopher (Chris)...
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BUYU launches a 35-day crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter for their Kyuso Collection of Luxury Travel Accessories
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On August 31st 2015, Buyu launched a Kickstarter initiative to raise $30,000 to finance the initial production of their new "Kyuso” collection of luxury travel accessories. The collection is called "Kyuso" in honor of the location of the women Buyu works with...
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Africa Fashion Week London 2015 celebrates and spotlights emerging African designers #AfricaSpeaks #TDSvoices
Africa Fashion Week London 2015 celebrates and spotlights emerging African designers
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Last month marked the 5th Anniversary of Europe's largest Africa inspired catwalk event that celebrates African designs and talent; Africa Fashion Week London 2015. Part exhibition, part catwalk, Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL) celebrates and spotlights emerging designers who incorporate rich...
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Ndani TV takes you on a journey into the depths of Africa, unveiling the beauty inside
Ndani TV takes you on a journey into the depths of Africa, unveiling the beauty inside
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Without a doubt, social media is revolutionizing Africa. YouTube has especially given Africans a chance to change perceptions about Africa and instigate change. Ndani TV is an illustration of African’s choosing to tell their own stories, from their perspective. Ndani...
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Lalesso; one of the world's only zero-carbon fashion brands #AfricaSpeaks #TDSvoices
Lalesso; one of the world’s only zero-carbon fashion brands
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Originally named "La Kanga," Lalesso is an African fashion and lifestyle brand that was founded in Kenya in 2005 by designers Alice Heusser and Olivia Kennaway. Since 2005, the brand has had many successes, including featuring in well-known magazines such...
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Afrika Handmade Symposium and Gallery 2015 at Alliance Française Nairobi from 30th September to 16th October 2015 #ahmade2015
Afrika Handmade Symposium and Gallery 2015 at Alliance Française Nairobi from 30th September to 16th October 2015 #ahmade2015
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Following a hugely successful event last year, they have raised the bar this year. Founded in 2012, Craft Afrika is a social enterprise that provides market development services for enterprises within the handmade and design sector. A market development initiative...
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Researching or reporting – revelations from the field: Leslie Dodson at TEDxBOULDER on not misrepresenting Africa
Researching or reporting – revelations from the field: Leslie Dodson at TEDxBOULDER on not misrepresenting Africa
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As a  journalist with over 25 years of experience, Leslie Dodson has grown weary of individuals especially fellow journalists who misrepresent Africa. Dodson has reported throughout the world for CNN, Reuters covering politics, economics, and international finance organizations. Over the...
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Fashion designer Deola Sagoe to feature in Al Jazeera's "My Nigeria" #AfricaSpeaks #TDSvoices
Fashion designer Deola Sagoe to feature in Al Jazeera’s “My Nigeria”
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If there is one African fashion designer who has caught the attention of the international world of fashion, it is Deola Sagoe. This internationally acclaimed Nigerian designer has been in the fashion game for around 25 years and continues to...
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