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5 Fashion Brands Inspired by (and Supporting) African Women

Below are 5 eco-friendly fashion brands that give back to Africa.

By Chrislande Dorcilus - Source: http://eco-chick.com
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Photo © Soko

Thanks to the hard work of activist entrepreneurs, and the vast receiving and connective nature of the internet, we fashion admirers can now use our consumer power to support communities globally. For the myriad ways which we benefit from the immense resources of Africa’s diverse continent (over-mining the land for precious stones like diamonds and minerals; killing elephants for ivory) it’s important to find ways to support local and regional African communities. Below are 5 eco-friendly fashion brands that give back to Africa. Whether it’s providing jobs, or donating free yoga services, this list can help you connect with ethical companies that aim to help make our world a better, and more fashionable place.

Fashionable

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Photo © FashionAble


Providing women with a sustainable way to make a living is a challenging and noble goal and FashionAble is taking it on. Having orchestrated the very successful philanthropic project, Mocha Club—a program which asks that westerners forgo a few cups of mocha every month to fund development projects in Africa, FashionAble’s founder, Barrett Ward, is dedicated to finding sustainable ways of giving by fostering a culture of Slow Fashion. FashionAble champions the idea that “who makes our stuff matters.” Their business is based on the innovative production model of women owned cooperatives that craft all of the beautiful accessories.
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Photo © FashionAble


FashionAble’s goal is to help Ethiopian women find alternative ways to support themselves that do not involve the sex trade. Each scarf that is purchased is named after one of the women in the program, and is attached with a handwritten note of gratitude by the weaver.
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Photo © FashionAble


My favorite of FashionAble’s items is the Mamuye leather tote bag. Handcrafted by Mamuye herself, this tote is a rich, and luscious toffee brown color. Rich neutrals blend seamlessly into outfits, but have the added benefit of being able to stand their own sartorial ground.
Photo © FashionAble

Photo © FashionAble


You may be thinking, “It’s summer. Why would I need a scarf, Chrislande?” Well, the scarves are lightweight and whimsical which is great for keeping the heat off your hair and the sweat from dripping down into your eyes. Personally, I need to carry a scarf with me on the subway (Those express trains are wicked cold in the summer).

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