The 3-day event will take place at Playground Studios in Downtown Los Angeles October 20th – 22nd. In addition to the runway shows, AFWLA will feature networking mixers, a salon featuring talks by inspirational entrepreneurs in African Fashion, and a retail shop where guests can shop the runway.
This year the producers of AFWLA, Continent Creative, will be partnering with Claire Sulmers, of Fashion Bomb Daily. Claire and her team will be covering each day of events and networking with guests. Claire will also host a live stream of the event on AFWLA’s social media platforms. With 2.4 million monthly visitors, Fashion Bomb Daily is one of the top 50 most influential style sites in the world and the number one multicultural online fashion magazine.
Continent Creative is also excited to announce Osengwa as its digital sponsor. Osengwa is a retail platform which presents carefully curated neo-African clothing, art and designs for young, trendsetting Africans in the diaspora who are looking for unique pieces that connect them with home. Osengwa will highlight clothing from its rooster of innovative designers and artists, including Orange Culture, Data Oh, I.AM.ISIGO and Paolo Sisiano.
“We’re pleased to partner with Fashion Bomb Daily and Osengwa, both innovative fashion brands that like AFWLA, reflect a multi-cultural and global world view,” said Onyinyechi Egeonuigwe, Founder of Continent Creative. “These partnerships will allow AFWLA to further its commitment to raising the profile of African designers in LA’s intersected fashion, entertainment and creative spaces.”
The event will be managed by NINE, a consulting and event management company who’s past events include: Hill Harper’s Manifest Your Destiny Foundation Holiday Toy Drive, the Blackout Music and Film Festival and Love is a VERB.
Africa Fashion Week Los Angeles (AFWLA) is a premiere multi-day event focused on bridging the gap between US buyers and African designers or artists. Our objective is to enhance the African textile and art industry by providing a platform for established and emerging African creatives to showcase their talents to a broad audience. AFWLA allows designers and artists take advantage of global opportunities and gain international exposure while growing their businesses therefore, boosting the African economy. We define Africa in diasporic terms, which includes designers, artists and affiliates with links to the African continent from all parts of the globe. AFWLA is committed to exhibiting collections of excellence and we aim to provide potential buyers with a diverse array of pieces and looks.