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STATEMENT: AFRICA FASHION WEEK 2015

African Fashion International (AFI) confirms that Africa Fashion Week 2015, scheduled to take place from 4 to 7 November 2015, will no longer take place in its current format. In its place, AFI plans to convene leading stakeholders on the continent to the first Africa Fashion Forum.

The first of its kind forum will seek to address the state of the industry and jointly discover new ways towards growth, competitiveness and sustainability to actively participate in the global fashion value chain.

The African Fashion Forum will take place during the first quarter of 2016, and will form the foundation for Africa Fashion Week going forward.

Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Executive Chairman of AFI, will share more information about the event at a media briefing to be held on the 2nd December 2015.

Invitations to the briefing will follow in due course.

AFI confirms that Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town 2016 and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2016 will take place as planned.

About African Fashion International

African Fashion International (AFI) presents African fashion and creative talent in a manner that makes fashion from the continent globally relevant and ensures that the world has market access to African product and design. Through the organisation’s promotion, curation and support services, AFI ensures that the international community responds positively and commercially to African-designed products that are readily available, unique and on-trend.

Through Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town and AFI Fashion Week Africa, AFI opens up the continent to commercial projects, both locally and internationally, increasing the geographic spread and market access to the continent’s design equity, fashion apparel, accessories and crafts.

AFI showcase the best designers from the continent, offering them access to the domestic and international market share, while also growing a platform meant to support the sustainability of the African fashion industry through job creation. AFI also remains committed to growing a new legion of designers through the AFI Fastrack™ and Next Generation programmes.

For further information about Africa Fashion Week 2015 please contact

Marica Quarsingh
AFI Marketing and Communciations
Marica@afi.za.com
011 324 1500