Fashion

LULEA: Luxury with a Purpose
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Luxury is often associated with exclusion. However award-winning, internationally acclaimed premium leather and accessories designer, Edmond Chesneau, has had a different approach to the craft. The master craftsman was inspired to start Luxury Leather Africa (LULEA) and the ‘Centre of...
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E-commerce In Vogue
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The modern consumer wants a shopping experience that is convenient to them. That means they dictate when, where and how they shop. Unlimited Shopping Experience The modern consumer wants a shopping experience that is convenient to them. That means they...
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EMERGING DESIGNERS: We’re looking for you!
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New designers, listen up! This post is for you! Our August 2016 series at TDS will be dedicated to the new talent in fashion and design in Kenya. We’re looking for inspiring, visionary and breath-taking new designers with that je...
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The State of the Kenyan Fashion Industry
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Transparency. Only by identifying the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) of the fashion industry can there be strides to consistent and profitable growth. HIVOS, together with Equity Bank and the Association of Fashion Designers of Kenya (AFAD), on Tuesday, 21st June...
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The COO Effect
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What is in a name? In the fashion industry it could mean the gain or loss of relevant customers. A simple thing like a country’s name has a complex connotation to it. Utter that one word and the listener has...
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Lessons from Colombia’s Fashion Revolution
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If you weren’t aware that Colombia had a vibrant fashion industry, no one can blame you. The country has been working hard to shake off its violence and instability image from its Pablo Escobar et al Narcos cocaine capital days....
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TDS Creative: Sandstorm Kenya Part II
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If you missed the first part of this story we suggest you start here: no seriously! Talking about this Kenyan brand so far has covered everything from drones, to a Hollywood movie and the Royals. However this all didn't happen over...
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TDS Creatives: Sandstorm Part I
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You can’t miss it. In every sleek mall there’s a minimalistic store that breathes the air of safari and adventure. Sandstorm Kenya has come a long way from its luxury safari tents manufacturing days and their success through their leather and...
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Eco Innovation: Tosheka Textiles Takes on Sustainable Supply & Production
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Tosheka. A Kiswahili word that simply means satisfaction, runs deep with meaning and promise for this social entrepreneurial enterprise. It’s a guarantee of fulfilling their partners and customers needs through quality, value, delivery and customer service. Started in 2011, Lucy...
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Costly Cheapness: The impact Asia has on fashion
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In the developing world, China appears to be a saviour to shoppers on a tight budget.  You see them displayed in stalls all over the central business district (CBD) or comfortably promoted on your Instagram or Facebook feed; ready for...
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Bei ya kuongea: The second-hand impact on the Fashion Industry
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Mitumba or mtush. There was a time no one in their fashionably acclimatized mind would EVER admit that they got their clothes by standing in a heap of second hand clothes in an open air flea market. It was ‘this...
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Developing a fashion industry in Africa: Case study South Africa
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South Africa. A country that is already recognised for its rugged beauty, and rich culture has another ace up its sleeve. With the increase of fashion events, the country is emerging as one of the top markets of our time....
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Tailored Destinations: Lessons from Fashion Capitals
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You are what you wear. With the number of cities hosting Fashion Weeks phenomenally rising, it’s safe to say Governments are taking this to heart. Acknowledging the power of fashion, they’re using this industry to re-brand their cities to not...
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#TDSVoices: African Models dominating the Fashion Scene Part II
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It’s no secret that many lack the name recognition that their female counterparts command in the fashion modelling industry. But you also can’t deny the importance of the male model and their role in pop culture conversation. In an already...
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