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Origin Africa to sponsor Africa Fashion Week

Jul '11
Adirée is pleased to announce that Origin Africa is a sponsor of Africa Fashion Week New York. AFWNY will take place at the Broad Street Ballroom on July 14th, 15th, 16th in New York City's Financial District.

Origin Africa seeks to demonstrate to international buyers and industry leaders that creativity and innovation are an important part of Africa's future. Africa Fashion Week New York displays creativity and innovation from international designers of the African Diaspora in three days of fashion runway shows.

Origin Africa introduces skilled Africans to experienced industrial leaders, encouraging “trade not aid” efforts.

“Africa Fashion Week in New York is an exceptional platform to accomplish this. We are proud to collaborate with Adirée in such efforts and commend their dedication.” noted Finn-Holm-Olsen, Director of the USAID/COMPETE East and Central Africa Trade Hub, the group heading up the Origin Africa campaign.

“It's our moment, and it's just beginning. Young African designers are becoming real players now. People have been taking resources from Africa for generations. But our generation, raised in both worlds, is changing that,” said Adiat Disu. Director of AFWNY to the Washington Post.

AFWNY includes runway shows hosting 21+ designers from various countries in Africa and those of the African Diaspora, exhibitions, and industry networking events. Opening designer Korto Momolu and designers like Washington Roberts, Saint Wobil, AAMAA Couture, Bill Witherspoon and others will showcase. Sponsors include PopDrum, Mo-Saique, AveYou, Makari de Suisse, John Ashford, Renarda Joy, Fikirte Addis and Avaloni Studios.

Origin Africa is a USAID supported initiative of producers, designers, small businesses, exporters, buyers and retailers dedicated to improving African trade in four sectors: textiles/apparel, cut flowers, specialty foods, home décor, and fashion accessories.

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