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    Boutique Fashion News — daphne kasambala

    Sapelle represented at Fashion Africa Conference

     

    fashion africa conferenceWe’re pleased to confirm that Sapelle’s CEO Daphne Kasambala will be a speaker at The Fashion Africa Conference on 25th and 26th May, 2017. The event, which brings together key players and stakeholders in the African apparel industry, will carry the theme “AFRICA, FASHION’S FUTURE”, and run over two days at Chelsea Town Hall.

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    Panel discussion at Fashion Africa Conference 2015

    The event is hosted by the social Enterprise Africa Fashion Guide which was founded by Jacqueline Shaw in 2011, at a time when African fashion and Made in Africa products were breaking into mainstream consciousness, and it has continued to grow in importance and scale since then. The theme of the conference reflects the general sentiment in the sector where players are looking for ways to scale up and consolidate their activities and gain a stronger foothold on the global stage.

    “The artisan craft sector is the second largest employer in the developing world. In the next five years, Africa’s textile industry could generate up to $15.5 billion revenue according to The African Development Bank. Within Africa, the entire textile/clothing market is already worth more than $31 billion and accounts for the second largest number of jobs in developing countries after agriculture. As it has been stressed, Africa will rise not by charity or aid but through investment and trade. So the time to invest is now, and a strong garment manufacturing sector is key to Africa’s development.” – Jacqueline Shaw, Founder of The Africa Fashion Guide and The Fashion Africa Conference.

    Jacqueline Shaw cred Haute Fashion Africa

    Jacqueline Shaw with Chichia London founder Christine cred: Haute Fashion Africa

    Daphne Kasambala has been a speaker at the conference for several years, saying, “It’s always an honour to be invited to participate in this essential event which allows parties from different parts of the supply chain to come together, share, impart, inspire, learn and make connections. Doing business in Africa has its unique challenges, therefore hearing about how others are overcoming them is necessary if we are to grow individually and together as a sector. The saying that there’s strength is definitely one which we should action as African apparel producers”

    The panel with representatives from Mantis, One Nigerian Boy, FAB, Kisua, Sapelle, Choolips and Ituen BasiFashion Africa Conference panel debate at SOAS in 2014

    The conference seeks to highlight the scope of opportunities across the continent.  The power and value of opening up African Fashion to global markets is paramount to the economic development of the continent.

    Other confirmed speakers include Simone Cipriani of Ethical Fashion Intiative, Laduma Ngxokolo of Maxhosa, Tamsin Lejuene of Ethical Fashion Forum, Orsola Castro of Fashion Revolution Day, Inge Wallace of Fashion For Good (on behalf of the C & A Foundation), and Lance Clark with Dulma Clark of Soul of Africa, and more.

    For tickets, click here.

     

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    The True Meaning of Speaking at JP Morgan

    On Monday 14th July, I’ll be sharing my journey of moving  from business models as a Banking Director to models of a different kind as a Fashion Entrepreneur with invited guests and staff at JP Morgan’s headquarters in Canary Wharf, London. Sapelle will also be showcasing the current range on the catwalk with JP Morgan’s own staff acting as models. This is under the auspices of JPM’s Black Organization for Leadership Development (BOLD) Business Resource Group. JPM’s BOLD provides employees, particularly those of African descent, with an empowering environment that helps to foster their professional and personal development and simultaneously support the firm’s business goals and initiatives. In a way, I’ll be coming back full circle, having left The City in late 2012 to pursue the growth of Sapelle. And now I’ll be sitting in front of my former industry peers, the..

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    Sapelle CEO to Speak at Pan-African Business Expo

    05081104-daphne kasanbala-013Sapelle’s CEO, Daphne Kasambala will be giving a talk on sourcing ethically from Africa at the upcoming Pan-African Business Expo, on 17 April, 2014 at King’s College, University of London near Somerset House.

    The Pan-African Business Expo is a one-day conference of business people, trade officials, investors and politicians, seeking to promote, challenge, motivate and stimulate economic and social empowerment within the African and Caribbean communities.

    The organisers are aiming to raise awareness on how businesses and individuals can benefit from having multiple streams of revenue by engaging more effectively in international trade with the African and Caribbean Countries.

    The discussions will be centred on how the African-Caribbean Businesses and those that serve them can trade in a responsible way to develop the communities and to engage others to do the same.The goal is to revitalise the Pan-African debate about how different communities can set their own agenda against the current economic climate.

    Daphne Kasambala, who will present her own business’ case to the delegate, said, “Africa’s experiencing unprecedented growth, a fact which is often overlooked by the world’s media. In spite of all the positive indicators such as a growing middle class, improving social indicators and political climates, there still exist challenges in terms of trading with partners on the continent.

    “For Sapelle, these issues include logistical and infrastructural hurdles that make sourcing, manufacturing, transporting and communicating extremely challenging, and making competing more difficult.

    “On a positive note, as the fashion industry is still in its early stages of development, the opportunity for manufacturers to compete on the basis of lower relative labour costs and other unique factors such as organic raw materials, fair trade and sustainable practices could put the African apparel sector ahead for investors and players seeking fertile new ground to grow their activities.

    “Likewise, established retailers looking to expand their sales into new markets might find Africa a receptive new marketplace exists for them, as other international companies have found.

    “I’m looking forward to meeting other like-minded people who share my excitement in the prospects that exist in Africa, and to sharing the journey that we’ve experienced at Sapelle so far. We will share best practice and lessons learned, and also gain some valuable insights from those further down the road than we are,” said Daphne Kasambala as she prepares for the event.

    For conference details, click here.

     

    Sapelle CEO to Speak at Pan-African Business Expo

    05081104-daphne kasanbala-013Sapelle’s CEO, Daphne Kasambala will be giving a talk on sourcing ethically from Africa at the upcoming Pan-African Business Expo, on 17 April, 2014 at King’s College, University of London near Somerset House.

    The Pan-African Business Expo is a one-day conference of business people, trade officials, investors and politicians, seeking to promote, challenge, motivate and stimulate economic and social empowerment within the African and Caribbean communities.

    The organisers are aiming to raise awareness on how businesses and individuals can benefit from having multiple streams of revenue by engaging more effectively in international trade with the African and Caribbean Countries.

    The discussions will be centred on how the African-Caribbean Businesses and those that serve them can trade in a responsible way to develop the communities and to engage others to do the same.The goal is to revitalise the Pan-African debate about how different communities can set their own agenda against the current economic climate.

    Daphne Kasambala, who will present her own business’ case to the delegate, said, “Africa’s experiencing unprecedented growth, a fact which is often overlooked by the world’s media. In spite of all the positive indicators such as a growing middle class, improving social indicators and political climates, there still exist challenges in terms of trading with partners on the continent.

    “For Sapelle, these issues include logistical and infrastructural hurdles that make sourcing, manufacturing, transporting and communicating extremely challenging, and making competing more difficult.

    “On a positive note, as the fashion industry is still in its early stages of development, the opportunity for manufacturers to compete on the basis of lower relative labour costs and other unique factors such as organic raw materials, fair trade and sustainable practices could put the African apparel sector ahead for investors and players seeking fertile new ground to grow their activities.

    “Likewise, established retailers looking to expand their sales into new markets might find Africa a receptive new marketplace exists for them, as other international companies have found.

    “I’m looking forward to meeting other like-minded people who share my excitement in the prospects that exist in Africa, and to sharing the journey that we’ve experienced at Sapelle so far. We will share best practice and lessons learned, and also gain some valuable insights from those further down the road than we are,” said Daphne Kasambala as she prepares for the event.