The Global Business of Secondhand Clothes Thrives in Kenya

Gikomba market in Nairobi | Source: Reuters

Shaded by ragged squares of canvas, amid choking dust and the noise of hawkers, shoppers in Nairobi’s Gikomba market can turn up Tommy Hilfiger jeans or a Burberry jacket for a fraction of the price in London’s Regent Street or New York’s Fifth Avenue.

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Prince of prints, Brazil fashion rising, Embracing Africa, 3D photo booth, Emblematic Vuitton

Peter Dundas | Source: Nano Press

Why Peter Dundas is Pucci’s prince of prints (The National) “The last thing you expect Peter Dundas to be is the fashion guy. From his sheer physical presence, he’s a car man maybe, a surfer or a quarterback – the sort of guy who rides a motorbike that roars like a chainsaw. What he is, is in fact “the prince of prints” – the creative director of Pucci, the Italian luxury label.” How

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Global Briefing | Could Africa be the Next Frontier for Fashion Retail?

Westgate Mall, Nairobi | Source: kamalkaur.net

NAIROBI, Kenya — In recent weeks, the media hype around Africa has been remarkable, with several articles in major publications proclaiming the continent “the next Asia.” In fashion, Franca Sozzani even dedicated the entire May issue of L’Uomo Vogue to “rebranding Africa,” while this year’s IHT Luxury conference will discuss “the potential of Africa, both as a producer and ultimately consumer of luxury goods.” But to what extent is

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Africa in vogue, Ferragamo Q1 up, Fairchild buys NowManifest, Coco cruise, Loving Alber

Janet Kataah Museveni for L'Uomo Vogue | Source: NY Times

Rebranding Africa (IHT) “Africa is in the news — but not just for the sad and familiar reasons of conflict and suffering. The continent is entering the fashion arena, with the quality of its handwork, artistic creativity and its potential for economic growth bringing Africa literally in vogue.” Italy’s Ferragamo Q1 net rises 10 pct (Reuters) “Italian luxury shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo said on Monday its

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Made in Africa, Londoners debut in New York, Sparkling provenance, Italian protectionism, Cartier’s leading lady

Suno Spring/Summer 2011 | Source: Suno

Into Africa (Telegraph) “Made in England; made in Italy; made in China. These are familiar labels in our clothes and accessories. But how about ‘made in Kenya’, stitched into the lining of a Vivienne Westwood handbag? Or on the swing tags of Matches ‘hot new collection, Suno, with its juicy mixes of colour and print?” For New Stars of London, a New York Debut (NY Times) “Among the world fashion

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African fashion influence, Brands look back, E-commerce innovation, European M&A, Mickey the Merchant Prince

Lanvin Autumn/Winter 2010 Detail | Source: Style.com

Africa’s influence in the fashion industry (FT) “A long way from the World Cup epicentres of Johannesburg and Durban, catwalkers in New York and Paris are already marching to an African beat… chiming with the prevailing mood makes economic as well as sartorial sense.” Will Last Century’s Styles Open Today’s Wallets? (NY Times) “Brands are combing their archives in the hope that old clothing styles with a

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