The Collective originally consisting of four Cameroonian designers Kibonen Nfi of Kibonen New York, Nakuin Kouidou, Haby Diallo, and Mesanga Sama of Mesanga was narrowed down to two due to minor immigration issues, however, a spot has been reserved for those who couldn’t make it, Nakuin and Haby Diallo, for the AFWNY 2013.
AFWNY’s Cameroon Collective, is a coalition of designers benefiting from one of the programs offered by the Cameroon Fashion Industry common initiative group (CFI) to expose, educate and train local designers to the inner workings of the entire fashion industry on a national and international level. The CFI team was honored to have the renowned French/Cameroonian musicians, Les Nubians, alongside Ghanaian actor John Dumelo, who came out in support of the collective.
It was a wonderful opportunity for me. Some people dream but mine was a reality. I never dreamt I will be showcasing my line in New York at this moment of my life. It all happened so fast and I will like to thank the Cameroon Fashion Industry CIG for this brilliant initiative. I think many designers based in Cameroon should have a chance to experience an opportunity like this. It has modified my view on how to approach the whole fashion business. I am going back to Cameroon and I will definitely be doing bigger and better things. I see great development in the quality of work from Cameroonian designers with the model the CFI has put in place”. Mesanga - Designer & Member CFI.
“As a designer it is imperative to be able to effectively sell our products. Without the ability to do this we are not in the business of fashion, we probably are just entertaining the audience. Opening up this little boutique is the first step to getting our products out to the public. We are proud to bring this service to our people. With a platform for sales here many more jobs will be created back in Cameroon”. Kibonen Nfi, Co founder CFI.
About Cameroon Fashion Industry
Cameroon Fashion industry was established in 2011 with the aim of developing and exposing their market to the world. Living the philosophy of united we stand, divided we fall, CFI presents a united front, and an organization designed to shield, develop and continuously propel the value of her industry practitioners on a national and international level.
Check out some images from the event below:
IMAGES FOR MESANGA FASHION HOUSE AT AFWNY
IMAGES FOR KIBONEN NEW YORK AT AFWNY
EVENT: Africa Fashion Week New York 2012
SPONSORS: Origin Africa, Smart Water, Renarda Joy, Soul Purpose
PHOTOGRAPHER: Avaloni Studios
EXECUTIVE STYLIST: Dupp and Swat
MAKE UP: Renarda Joy
HAIR: Renarda Joy
FOOTWEAR: Susie Sawaya
ACCESSORIES (Assorted): Donna Dove , Nakate, Winnie Burch, Ill La La , MABM, Nadir Tati, Lisa Keating and Fienes Couture
The girls did us proud. Mesanga Fashion is definitely a label to watch.
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