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AFI announces partnership with Condè Nast International Luxury Conference

African Fashion International (AFI) 2019 fashion week schedule

African Fashion International (AFI) is pleased to announce that it has concluded a sponsorship deal as a major partner of the Condè Nast International Luxury Conference to be held in Cape Town this year.

The CNI Luxury Conference kicks off on the 9th until the 11th of April. The last day of the conference coincides with the opening of AFI Cape Town Fashion Week which is scheduled to take place from the 11th to the 13th of April 2019.

For over a decade, AFI has propelled many African designers to local and global recognition and has created platforms for the designers to showcase their collections in a globally relevant manner.

Through the CNI Luxury Conference sponsorship, AFI aims to leverage this prestigious platform for the benefit of some of the best designers from the African continent and to create learning, networking and possibly commercial opportunities for local designers whose creativity and craftsmanship is world class and brings a unique perspective to the fashion world.

The Condé Nast International Luxury Conference is a premier business industry event, which attracts business leaders and influencers within the luxury industry from over 30 countries. The event is the first conference of its type to take place in South Africa and will be hosted by the curator of the event, Vogue International Editor, Suzy Menkes.

This gathering allows AFI stakeholders to engage with decision-makers, innovators, entrepreneurs and creative leaders from around the world. This gives AFI an opportunity to also showcase our beautiful mother city, Cape Town, voted one of the most beautiful cities in the world and to showcase its hospitable people. The tourism industry stands to benefit from this conference.

AFI’s association with the conference is motivated by AFI’s mission to promote African fashion brands, content and perspectives. Part of achieving AFI’s mission is to build relationships with globally influential leaders, to leverage the connections for the benefit of African creatives.

“This collaboration is a wonderful chance for AFI to further advance African designers, and boost the local industry, to the most respected and relevant global platforms,” said, Founder and CEO of AFI, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe.

“The African continent holds the world’s largest millennial consumer population and fastest-growing middle class. The decision to host this annual conference in Cape Town concedes this abundance of opportunity: Africa represents an enormous commercial opportunity for international luxury brands, as a source of homegrown creativity, craftsmanship and luxury materials. AFI aims to ensure that our designers have prospects for networking, utilising their home-ground advantage,” says Moloi-Motsepe.

Under the theme “The Nature of Luxury”, the CNI Luxury Conference will explore topics such as sustainable business models and conscious consumerism; African opportunities; retail success strategies; and the ongoing intersection of luxury and technology.

Headline speakers at the leading business conference for the luxury and fashion industry include Marco Bizzarri, CEO, Gucci; Alessandro Bogliolo, CEO, Tiffany & Co.; Micaela le Divelec Lemmi, CEO, Salvatore Ferragamo; Bruce Cleaver, CEO, De Beers Group, Chairman and Founder, Graff; Laduma Ngxokolo, Designer, MAXHOSA BY LADUMA; Folake Coker, Founder and Creative Director, Tiffany Amber; Susan Akkad, Senior Vice President, Local and Cultural Innovation, The Estée Lauder Companies; Sylvie Bénard, Environment Director, LVMH. The conference is curated and hosted by Suzy Menkes, Editor, Vogue International. Jo-Ann Strauss will act as Master of Ceremonies.

For more information on the conference kindly visit www.cniluxury.com

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