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Fashion Roundup: Kisua, EDUN, Black Fashion Network + More!

We roundup the important stories about African and Black fashion that came out this week!


Kisua

Kisua, a new African e-commerce platform is set to launch next month. The idea for the site first came up when CEO Samuel Mensah was thinking about Africa’s strong tradition of producing and gifting fabrics, but its small number of established fashion brands: “I started to wonder why somebody wasn’t making African garments for consumption in African and global markets,” he told WWD.

Gert-Johan Coetzee

During SA Fashion Week, Gert-Johan Coetzee unveiled his last collection. Using fashion as a tool to contribute to the fight against cancer and collaborating with the Pink drive — a company that runs mobile breast-check units in South Africa. He will be discussing it on The Real Goboza, a South African celebrity gossip and entertainment magazine show. at 6pm on SABC1.

EDUN

After a two-season collaboration inspired by African creativity, EDUN unveiled their Studio Africa Collection for Fall/ Winter 13. The collection's 36 pieces focus on denim manufactured in Africa with CCI (Conservation Cotton Initiative) cotton from Uganda. EDUN looked to reinterpret the  four-pocket jean that was massively successful in 1970s South Africa.

Black Fashion Network?

Black Fashion Week was a huge success for the second time in Paris and closed last weekend. During an interview on Panafrican TV Channel Africa 24, the founder Adama N'Diaye, known for her Adama Paris line, announced the launch of a network focused on fashion from Africa. We'll keep you posted!

Anitah Quansah was recently featured in the Zen Magazine, who calls the collection " a stunning range of breathtaking jewelry." We totally agree and wanted to share this outstanding 2013 collection with you all.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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