Major Banks Pledge About 1 Million Dollars to Support Arise Fashion Week Designers in New Mentorship Program

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ARISE Fashion Week 2018 returns the fashion focus back to creating global fashion brands out of Africa and the diaspora with the launch of ARISE Fashion Management and Mentoring Programme ( AFMMP). This comes ahead of the official opening of the 2018 ARISE Fashion Week in Lagos, Nigeria over Easter at the Lagos Continental Hotel, Victoria Island.

Determined to grow global champions out of African designers, the AFMMP initiative is curating indigenous brands that can compete with the best in the world and stand firm on the international stage, starting with the AFMMP Bootcamp from Tuesday, March 27th, 2018. At the AFMMP bootcamp, designers participating in the ARISE Fashion Week 2018 will have access to a faculty of experts, who will engage the selected designers on Fashion Business and Financial Management, The Business of Luxury, Supply Chain Management, Strategic Planning, Merchandising, Retail and Export Strategies, Social Media Strategies, Image and Reputation Management, Brand Acceleration, and most importantly, 10 Steps to Becoming World Class.

The highlight of the AFMMP Bootcamp will be a ‘Bankable Business Plan Competition’ among the designers from which 30 winning pitches will be selected. Each winning designer will be awarded 10 Million Naira Funding specifically targeted to enhance the designer’s infrastructure, supply chain, retail and export plans. This funding comes with strings attached – a banking partner, (Zenith Bank, Access Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank and others ), a Brand Accelerator, and a Global Mentor drawn from leading design luminaries from around the world – who will donate their time and expertise to taking Africa’s fashion brands global. Meanwhile, arrangements are being concluded with leading consultants and business schools to ensure sustainability with quarterly classes.

AFMMP Program Coordinator, Orode Imevbore said: “ARISE has always been globally focused. Twelve years ago through Music and Fashion, ARISE Media told the story of Africa Rising around the world, leading to the current resurgence of Music and Fashion. Today, after a black US President, and a new Black Panther moment, the time for Africa is now. The AFMMP Initiative will ensure we have the bricks and mortar to compete in the emerging new world. And everyone is welcome to play their part. America is driving technology, Europe controls global luxury, the sun is rising in China and Asia. If not now, when will it be for Africa? Today we take baby steps with fashion and the creative industries. Exciting hardly captures the emotions, as we are talking about empowering 30 talented designers with life-changing support beyond capital, and making the African fashion design truly world class. The ARISE Fashion Management and Mentoring Programme is a first step. Jointly, together we will rise and conquer”.

ARISE FASHION WEEK 2018 will take place at The Lagos Continental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos from March 30 – April 02, 2018.

FINAL DESIGNERS LIST

Abaya Lagos / Nigeria
About That Curvy Life / Nigeria
Amine Bendriouich / Morocco
Andrea Iyamah / Nigeria
Aurora James / Canada
Banke Kuku / Nigeria
Bridget Awosika / Nigeria
Bukola Akomolafe / Germany
Chularp Suwannapha / South Africa
Colrs / Germany
Dzyn / Nigeria
Fashpa / Nigeria
Funke Adepoju / Nigeria
Gavin Rajah / South Africa
Gozel Greeen / Nigeria
House of Divas Lagos / Nigeria
House of Irawo / Nigeria
House of Nwocha / Nigeria
Ilare / Nigeria
Imad Eduso / Nigeria
Ituen Basi / Nigeria
Karolynne Ashley / Bahamas
Kenneth Ize / Nigeria
Kimono Kollection / Nigeria
Kluk CGDT / South Africa
Koko Kamala / Botswana
Lahnayo Midnigi / South Africa
Laquan Smith / USA
Laurenceairline / France
Lanre Da Silva / Nigeria
Lisa Folawiyo / Nigeria
LOZA Maleombho / Ivory Coast
Lulu Lingerie / Nigeria
Mai Atafo / Nigeria
Maxhosa by Laduma / South Africa
Maxivive / Nigeria
Moofa / Nigeria
Mustafa Hassanali / Tanzania
Odio Mimonet / Nigeria
Orapeleng Module / South Africa
Ozwald Boateng / UK – United Kingdom
Prim By Michelle Elie / Germany
Quiteria & George / South Africa
Rich Mnisi / South Africa
Rokus London / Ivory Coast
Style Temple / Nigeria
Sunny Rose / Nigeria
Thebe Magugu / South Africa
Tiffany Amber / Nigeria
Tinie Tempah / United Kingdom
Tokyo James / Nigeria
Tsemaye Binitie / Nigeria
Tzar / Nigeria
Vonne Couture / Nigeria
Weizdhurm Franklyn / US
Washington Roberts / USA
Yutee Rone / Nigeria
Ziva Lagos / Nigeria

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