New York Fashion Week Africa Set to Start Next Month
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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Seeking to diversify New York’s infamous Fashion Week and showcase the ‘hottest of the hot’ in designer talent from the continent, New York Fashion Week Africa(NYFWAFRICA) will launch Sept. 11.

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“New York Fashion Week Africa is essentially the Africa in New York Fashion Week,” said Adiat Disu, organizer and founder of Adiree, a luxury group and lifestyle brand. “It’s not just an event, but a strategy to provide a platform of sustainable activation in fashion capitals for global brands to communicate and build relationships with Africa during an established and highly regarded global calendar weeks, such as New York Fashion Week/Market Week.”

The line-up of designers who will showcase their Spring/Summer 2016 collections include: Asikere Afana of Jamaica and Ghana; Fikirte Addis of Ethiopia; Sakia Lek (of the Congo), Hilda Mauya of the U.S. and Kenya; Mauya of Kenya, Onyii & Co., of the U.S.; Osei-Duro of Ghana, and more.

This year’s schedule includes a luxury conference, where brands, media professionals and influencers will discuss Africa’s goods, tourism, retail, and manufacturing market.

Check out highlights from last year’s show below:

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.