What Events Like East Africa Textile and Leather Week Mean for Kenyan Fashion 

One reality of the present times is that we have to be more conscious consumers. Gen Z and millennials have grown up in a world that is a bit different from their parents and grandparents, and they are more aware of the environmental and ethical implications of their choices. This is especially true in the fashion world, where movements like the Fashion Revolution are raising awareness about the human cost of fast fashion.

Today, a lot more goes into picking an outfit or for designers creating a collection. The business or economic sides of it all are also huge factors too as the quality of clothes produced is matched and competes with other markets such as Turkey and China and so are the source of raw materials. It’s a competitive space and Kenyans have to play their cards right.

The fashion and textile industry is the second-largest sector after agriculture in Africa, with an estimated market value of $31 billion in 2020 and it is on the rise. In Kenya, it’s been thriving for years as seen from the local tailors in our estates and markets to fashion brands such as Boguk, Jojok, Ikojn, Kiko Romeo, and many many more. Many younger Kenyans are making money and creating jobs thanks to fashion and there’s a lot more to be made in a stylish and sustainable way. 

EAST AFRICA TEXTILE AND LEATHER WEEK [EATLW] 2023, which is set to happen from the  28th – 30th of June at the Sarit Expo Centre in  Nairobi Kenya is one of the events whose mission is to accelerate East Africa’s Sustainability in the Textile and Leather Industries. Top African and International decision-makers across the fashion value chain will meet to evaluate future trends and prices. The event will feature 150 exhibitors from East Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, as well as 3,500 wholesalers, retailers, chains,  manufacturers, and dealers from East and Central Africa. EATLW Exhibitors will include Carvico Ethiopia plc, Leather Masters Kenya, Starsewing Dubai, Desta  Plc, and Josef Seibel. 

For those who love runway events; Couture Africa Magazine and Ajuma Limited shall host shows featuring apparel and accessory designers from across East Africa with ready-to-wear fashion pieces every afternoon across the three days dubbed RUNWAY KENYA. 

Other Key partners include The Ministry of Investment Trade and Industry, EPZA, The Leather Apex Society of Kenya, Ubunifu Association,  Women in Business, and Fashion Agenda Africa.  

Here are some of the key benefits of attending EATLW for Kenyan fashion designers:

  • Access to a wider audience: EATLW attracts buyers, sellers, and stakeholders from across East Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. This provides Kenyan designers with the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience and to connect with potential buyers.
  • Networking opportunities: EATLW also features a conference program that covers topics such as sustainability, innovation, and marketing. This provides Kenyan designers with the opportunity to learn about the latest trends in the fashion industry and to network with experts from around the world.
  • Business development opportunities: EATLW can help Kenyan fashion designers to build their businesses and to make a positive impact on the environment and on the lives of Kenyan workers.

If you are a Kenyan fashionprenuer, this is the event for you. The event is a valuable opportunity to showcase your talent, connect with the global market, and make a positive impact on the world.

For more information about the EAST AFRICA TEXTILE AND LEATHER WEEK visit www.eatlw.com.  

To View the Conference Program, go to: www.eatlw.com/wp 

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