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About AFI

African Fashion International embodies the promise of Africa, hosting talented African designers who work with exceptionally skilled artisans to produce high-quality luxury garments. Each AFI offering tells Africa’s story by showcasing the latest trends, spreading knowledge around Africa’s diverse heritage and history, and sharing Africa’s imagination with the world.

What we stand for


To connect our vast network of creatives to global markets that care about authentic African narratives.


To be the best African Fashion and lifestyle platform. This is driven by our passion for Africa, its people and its creative talents. Our cross-sector collaboration with artists, various spheres, showcases the wealth of talent on our continent.

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Interest in African fashion is global and their access to markets should be too. Aggregating the sale of fashion week collections removes the logistical red tape imposed on designers, allowing them to construct the garments that express Africa’s creative potential.

our offering

AFI Fashion Week


AFI Joburg and Cape Town Fashion Weeks are marketing and sales platforms, which leverage AFI’s global network. Designers are propelled into new markets while showcasing their unique perceptions to targeted audiences who desire authentic African storytelling.


Fashion is a globally connected industry with economic, social and environmental influence. This knowledge platform brings together industry leaders from around the world to signal current trends and discuss sustainable practices for collective transformation.

AFI Fastrack


Incubating the next generation of African designers, Fastrack invests in design graduates who are building brands that offer unique perspectives on modern cultural trends. Through year-long internships and mentorships, as well as funding for the creation of capsule collections for Fashion Week, emerging designers are shaped to independently generate financially impactful returns.



AFI acknowledges that the power of creativity is born from conflicting and complementary artistic narratives. This online marketplace rents and sells contemporary African art, sculptures, prints and crafts to create settings that express diverse African attitudes through intricate design.


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