AFI Celebrates 15 years of Pan-African Fashion

November 10, 2022

African Fashion International is thrilled to announce that AFI Fashion Week Joburg will take place between 18-19 November 2022 at The Diamond Walk. The highly anticipated event will showcase the latest work from some of the continent’s best fashion designers, many of whom have been part of AFI for many years. 

As is custom, AFI Fashion Week Joburg will feature a well-curated mix of Pan-African industry icons and some of the rising stars of the African fashion industry.  

This season’s AFI Fashion Week Joburg 2022 includes seasoned talents such as:

  • Gavin Rajah (South Africa)
  • Alia Bare (Senegal)
  • Eric Raisina (Madagascar)
  • Kreyann (Cameroon)  
  • Taibo Bacar (Mozambique)

This year, they’ll be sharing the stage with rising fashion brands, which include south African designers:

  • Imprint 
  • Indoni Fashion House
  • Gvllvnt
  • Suitability

Other exciting fashion brands who are showcasing include: 

  • Lebo Marhafe (Botswana)
  • Nguo (Botswana)
  • Kaylaamiel Creations (Botswana)
  • Sisters of Afrika (Senegal)
  • House of Stevolution (South Africa)
  • Seditsi Collection (South Africa)  
  • Thando Thabethe’s Thabooty (South Africa)

AFI Trends 2023: Fashion, Tech, Life, Business

Excitingly, the House of Nala will unveil its 2nd store this year to celebrate 15 years of African Fashion International. The House of Nala Sandton City will be open for retail on 17 November 2022, offering shoppers the opportunity to buy garments straight off the runway. The store will showcase pan-African designers and provide access to African luxury.

In 2021, in our quest for excellence in customer service, AFI launched the first physical store, House of Nala, at The Leonardo in Sandton, in addition to an eCommerce platform. There has been a demand for a second store, and they have answered the call. 

“At AFI we have spent 15 years building the best, one-stop lifestyle platform for consumers looking for unique African fashion and guiding sellers reach a global, premium market. We remain an optimistic celebrator of Africa’s creative gifts,” says Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe. 

“While many may see this year as doom and gloom for African designers and retailers, with the new House of Nala store, we are creating a safety net for all stakeholders allowing them to build and grow through a crisis instead of succumbing to it.” 

The annual AFI Masterclass will be happening at The Catalyst Hotel in Sandton on Saturday morning. It will feature some of the most trusted voices and creatives in the fashion industry.

With the theme “Trends 2023: Fashion, Tech, Life, Business”, this year’s AFI Masterclass seeks to explore key trends that will shape fashion and other creative industries to ensure African creatives respond effectively. 

This year’s masterclass will be facilitated by legendary fashion designer Gavin Rajah, a keynote address by Flux Trends Bronwyn Williams and insights from panellists including: 

  • Felipe Mazibuko
  • Cameroonian designer Anna Ngan Yonn

15 Years of AFI

This season, AFI Fashion Week Joburg will also be a celebration of 15 years of the formation of African Fashion International.

It will be the first AFI Fashion Week hosted within South African borders this year since showcasing in Abu Dhabi and Kasane, Botswana, earlier this year.

From its inception in 2007, AFI has become one of the leading fashion companies in the continent. It has played a significant role in shining a spotlight on the work created by African designers. 

AFI has 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 local designers into global household names. Thanks to the success of AFI Fastrack, it has been able to launch the careers of leading African luxury brands. These include Thebe Magugu and Rich Mnisi.

The impact of AFI in the global fashion industry has recently been acknowledged. With the addition of AFI Founder and Executive Chair, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe being inducted in The BoF 500 2022 Index. 

The full schedule of activities taking place can be found on the official AFI website.

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