20 episodes

How can fashion be a force for good? Goodbye fast fashion! Hello to a better way focused on social and environmental justice, inclusivity and sustainable development. The UN's Ethical Fashion Initiative acts as a bridge, connecting marginalised artisan communities, often in challenging and remote locations, with some of the biggest names in international fashion. Explore the issues driving the ethical fashion conversation with your hosts UN officer Simone Cipriani and sustainable fashion journalist Clare Press.

Ethical Fashion Podcast Ethical Fashion Initiative

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

How can fashion be a force for good? Goodbye fast fashion! Hello to a better way focused on social and environmental justice, inclusivity and sustainable development. The UN's Ethical Fashion Initiative acts as a bridge, connecting marginalised artisan communities, often in challenging and remote locations, with some of the biggest names in international fashion. Explore the issues driving the ethical fashion conversation with your hosts UN officer Simone Cipriani and sustainable fashion journalist Clare Press.

    Lagos Style - Orange Culture designer Adebayo Oke-Lawal

    Lagos Style - Orange Culture designer Adebayo Oke-Lawal

    Our guest this week is the Lagos-based fashion designer Adebayo Oke-Lawal, founder of Orange Culture. This luxury label has combined fashion with activism since 2011, and is ethically produced in Nigeria. 

    His work has won him accolades in international fashion circles but it's his approach to movement building and giving back that wins hearts. This is an inspiring conversation about standing up for what you believe in, challenging toxic masculinity and mentoring a new generation emerging African fashion designers.

    This podcast is brought to you by the Ethical Fashion Initiative.

    Find out more at https://ethicalfashioninitiative.org/

    Our music is from the original production From Kabul to Bamako, music directed by Saïd Assadi.

    This podcast was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 45 min
    Ethiopian Gallerist Mesai Haileleul on the Rise of Contemporary African

    Ethiopian Gallerist Mesai Haileleul on the Rise of Contemporary African

    This week we’re focused on contemporary African art. Your host is the Nigerian writer and journalist Ayodeji Rotinwa, who welcomes the renowned Ethiopian gallerist and self-taught art historian and Mesai Haileleul to be interviewed. Mr. Haileleul opened the first gallery representing Ethiopian artists in Los Angeles in the 1990s and now, with Rakeb Sile, co-runs Addis Fine Art - a leading contemporary gallery specialising in art from the Horn of Africa and its diaspora with venues in London and Addis Ababa.

    This is a podcast about how the African contemporary art market is booming internationally, and what’s driving that interest. But it’s also about the importance and opportunities of focusing on home. Full of fascinating insights on the everything from the history of the art scene in Addis Ababa, to the challenges of building arts infrastructure when building roads and schools takes priority, ultimately it's a conversation about the business of culture and how to support it. 


    This podcast is brought to you by the Ethical Fashion Initiative.

    Find out more at https://ethicalfashioninitiative.org/

    Our music is from the original production From Kabul to Bamako, music directed by Saïd Assadi.

    This podcast was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 42 min
    Meet Uganda's Top Model Agent Joram Muzira

    Meet Uganda's Top Model Agent Joram Muzira

    In 2020 Project X, The Opportunities Are Here arrived in Uganda, presented by the Ethical Fashion Initiative and the EU. Surely the EFI’s most fun project to date, this televised talent competition followed a nation-wide call for young creative entrepreneurs in Africa. But there’s also serious agenda - building economic opportunity.

    The hit TV show’s judges included Joram Muzira Job, Uganda’s top model agent, and in this fabulous interview with your regular podcast hosts Simone Cipriani and Clare Press, Joram shares his career story and advice for the next generation coming through.

    We talk Kampala’s thriving fashion scene, how to use to social media to get ahead, strategies for winning over investors, and the power of following you dreams.

    Find out more at https://ethicalfashioninitiative.org/

    Our music is from the original production From Kabul to Bamako, music directed by Saïd Assadi.

    This podcast series was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 36 min
    Studio 189’s Abrima Erwiah on Fashion Artisanship and Made-in-Africa

    Studio 189’s Abrima Erwiah on Fashion Artisanship and Made-in-Africa

    This week's podcast is guest hosted by American stylist and creative director Alexander-Julian (AJ) Gibbson. In a vibrant conversation with Abrima Erwiah, co-founder and president of fashion social enterprise Studio 189, you'll hear all about creating, running and building a fashion business with purpose in Accra.

    Studio 189 is an award-winning fashion label based in Ghana and the United States. Its goal is to promote African and African-inspired fashion. Abrima and AJ explore the challenges and benefits of local production, the human aspect of slow fashion and to the beauty of knowing the stories of the people behind the process.

    Find out more at https://ethicalfashioninitiative.org/

    Our music is from the original production From Kabul to Bamako, music directed by Saïd Assadi.

    This podcast series was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 35 min
    Alexander-Julian Gibbson on Diversity, Creativity and Lagos Style

    Alexander-Julian Gibbson on Diversity, Creativity and Lagos Style

    Alexander-Julian Gibbson is a Houston-based stylist and content creator known for his directional shoots for magazines (think GQ, Vogue and Flaunt) and musicians like Patoranking.

    This week, Simone and Clare meet the Nigerian-American creative force to discuss Lagos style, why the world is looking to African fashion right now, and career pathways for emerging Black creatives.

    They also have a frank conversation about the state of diversity and inclusion in the global fashion industry, what needs to change and what's being done.

    Find out more at https://ethicalfashioninitiative.org/

    Our music is from the original production From Kabul to Bamako, music directed by Saïd Assadi.

    This podcast was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 37 min
    Woman Power - Margaux Wong

    Woman Power - Margaux Wong

    This episode is about fashion and art, healing and opportunities in Burrundi. Today a creative scene is blossoming in Bujumbura with artists, musicians, photographers and designers using the power of self-expression and the beauty of creativity to connect, and foster new economic opportunities.

    Margaux Wong designer Margaux Rusita is one such creative. She designs sustainable and ethically produced jewellery, hand-crafted from cow horn and brass, and was part of the Ethical Fashion Initiative’s inaugural Accelerator Programme for African Designers. An artistic spirit with beautiful energy, she is also mother to five children, and passionate about female empowerment.

    Find out more at https://ethicalfashioninitiative.org/

    Our music is from the original production From Kabul to Bamako, music directed by Saïd Assadi.

    This podcast was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

camischippa ,

Innovative and informative!

Such a great source of ideas and information about ethical sustainable fashion. A window to the world, thanks you Claire and Simone!

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Ethical Fashion

Another wonderfully informative podcast , thank you Clare!

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