This week the Fashion Lab team talks about brand development. They are joined by Elikem Kumordzie - a Ghanaian tailor and actor best known for representing Ghana in the 2013 'Big Brother' reality show.

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The team talks about fashion collection planning and development and is joined by sourcing and production expert specialising in Africa and other emerging markets, Nadiyah Bradshaw Spencer. Also weighing in is brand strategist and co-founder of Project Fable (a content consultancy that curates and creates content for brands as leverage to generate social currency and build communities around them for purposes of acquisition and retention), Gerrard Foster.

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The team is joined by Rosie Maria Cafarelli, who is an energetic and seasoned on air personality with a comedic flare who has hosted live television, national shopping channels, infomercials and travel shows.

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This week the team talks about Chinese economic engagement within the fashion industry in Africa and beyond. Joining the conversation is Fashion Lab Africa’s partner and contributor, Eji Benson, who also runs Ennui NYC, with his echoes from NYC... along with fashion expert, creative, designer and dreamer, Francesca Marzilli with her echoes from Europe.

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The Fashion Lab team talks finance and fashion. They are joined by a Zambian accountant turned fashion designer and creative director for fashion brand, Chizo Designs.

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The Afro-Yiddish queen speaks to Vicky Nalwoga about her beautiful Ugandan designs. Vicky designs dresses, skirts, corporate wear and jewellery.

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The Fashion Lab team talks about African fashion starting out from grass-root level. Joining the conversation is Stephen Okoth, who has been deemed a fashion icon in Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya - the biggest slum in Africa. The team is also joined by PR and Strategy warrior, Kelebogile Mabunda, who has worked through fashion concepts and brands from grass-roots level and beyond.

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The team touches base with the current state of affairs in African fashion by dissecting and focusing on the African fashion Industry, with insights from a few different stakeholders within the fashion game from West, East and South Africa. They are joined by CEO & Founder of ASM - Alinah Misouri, Creative Director & Founder TVLHC (Theo's Vision La Haute Culture) - Theo Omambala, Founder of House of Ole - Ole Ledimo, Head Designer at Sober Design House - Tshepo Mafokwane. The focus is on three key issues: Finance, Manufacturing, and Retail.

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Gugu Nkabinde - CEO, Strategist and Entrepreneur with over 8 years brand and marketing management - joins host Liz Ogumbo-Regisford... along with contributors Eji Benson and Francesca Marzilli.

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After dealing with body insecurities in her younger years, Tlhogi decided to own her story and build a fashion business that would empower her and other women - selling quality underwear basics to women in South Africa. Tlhogi chats about the value of the internet in merchandising, the difficulties of running a clothing brand, and her new fashion academy.

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