About Us

African Fashion International (AFI) delivers on providing our discerning customers good quality, affordable, and authentic African clothing

and accessories. AFI achieves this through live and online platforms, events and various retail omni-channel offerings.

The story of AFI begins in 2007, as the global fashion industry began consciously correcting it’s lack of diversity.


AFI entered the scene with a clear vision to create a platform where the best, most globally relevant and contemporary

African designers will be discovered. AFI has since groomed and propelled Pan-African designers

into global household names. AFI has established itself as an all-encompassing home for

African creatives and the Home of African Luxury.

Our Vision

African Fashion International's vision is to be the best fashion, marketing, retail and development platform in Africa.

Our Goal

Our mission is to curate, incubate, promote and retail refined African apparel and accessories through our world-class lifestyle and marketing events.

Our Commitment

We pledge to take African Fashion to the world by creating leading, world-class platforms to drive the growth of the industry in Africa.

Our Founder

At the heart of AFI is Dr Precious-Moloi-Motsepe. From the beginning of her career she has been an advocate for instilling a culture of hope and shared prosperity amongst African people. As a long-standing member of the Harvard Kennedy School and the World Economic Forum, amongst many other international platforms,

Dr Moloi-Motsepe leverages these globally renowned stages to share Africa’s perceptions with the world.

In 2017, Dr Moloi-Motsepe won the inaugural Fashion 4 Development Franca Sozzani Award at the United Nations in New York,

for her efforts in promoting African fashion designers and supporting the empowerment of disadvantaged women.

“African fashion is a bold political statement. It embraces our history of colour, texture and symbolism

in an amalgamation of modern trends”

- Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe


Grow Africa’s contributions in the global fashion and lifestyle marketplace through partnerships and the construction of world-class platforms.


Invigorate a passion for Africa by promoting unique and diverse contemporary perceptions of African heritage and culture.


Champion a sustainable development agenda with a collective of creatives, customers and partners who aim to preserve the planet and invest in people.

“African fashion is a bold political statement. It embraces our history of colour, texture and symbolism
in an amalgamation of modern trends”
Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe

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The first international showcase arranged by AFI was in 2008 in Paris, with designers David Tlale, Thula Sindi and Craig Jacobs showing alongside the more established designer Gavin Rajah.

In 2009, in partnership with ARISE, AFI elevated local designers to runways at NYFW. Since then, designers and brands, including globally acclaimed Laduma Ngxokolo, have expanded their reach by thrilling audiences at Joburg Fashion Week while consistently showcasing at AFI Fashion Weeks and pop up stores.


Through AFI’s For Youth By Youth initiative, the annual Xperience AFI (XAFI) event brings together young creatives to emphasise the careers and entrepreneurship opportunities available within the African creative and digital landscape XAFI builds on the Fastrack platform, which invests in the pipeline of Africa’s next generation designers.

Fastrack offers training and mentorship in the business of fashion, with notable designers including Rich Mnisi, Thebe Magagu and Khotatso Tsotetsi starting their careers through this platform.


AFI invests in building a beneficial ecosystem for the African fashion industry. To achieve this, AFI partners with leading organisations in the industry and has hosted world class fashion events and shows together with Mercedes Benz, Ms World and Condé Nast International.

Leaders in fashion, including the likes of Suzy Menkes, the former editor of Vogue International, and Edward Enninful, the editor-in-chief of British Vogue, have attended AFI Fashion Week.

AFI 4.0

In 2019 AFI pivoted to a new strategy, transforming access to AFI services by incorporating several additional digital platforms. AFI customers now have unlimited access to curated products and personalised offerings, which are presented through bespoke hybrid fashion events, an e-commerce platform and a news aggregator site.

The retail store House of Nala, located in Sandton City. AFI’s e-commerce capabilities by providing a seamless shopping experience and tailored services for luxury customers.

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Our Shop

Our online store features top designs in fashion, jewellery, home décor and accessories by African luxury designers.

Our Blog

The AFI blog provides readers with comprehensive, current information on the world of fashion and lifestyle.


Mentoring fashion design graduates in the business of fashion through a range of development opportunities.

AFI Fashion Events

AFI is a pioneering fashion organisation that produces first-rate fashion weeks and events.