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The Africa-Europe Fashion Connection: CNN features Europe-based African designers & online fashion retailer “Agnes & Lola”



CNN International recently did a feature titled “London Fashion helping Africa”. For the feature, they focused on four designers – Nkwo Onwuka of Nkwo, Hazel Aggrey-Orleans of Eki Orleans, Xaverie Bakemhe of Bot-i-Lam and Christine Mhando of Chichia London.

Though they are based in Europe, these designers are all inspired by  Africa; some also use fabrics sourced from the African continent while some produce their pieces on the continent. They also retail their clothing internationally via various stockists and websites including the recently launched website, Agnes & Lola. CNN spoke to Agnes & Lola co-founder, Lola Remi. The website launched in August 2010 and currently stocks pieces from 6 designers. According to Lola, she was inspired to start the website when she was based in Paris. She noted that young women of African origin would wear pieces made using African fabric in modern ways.

Lola also emphasized the ethical and charitable part of her business, this includes selection of labels which are ethical in their practices and the donation of a portion of Agnes & Lola’s profits to non-profit organizations including Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).

Interesting feature. African fashion continues to garner more international press and attention. We do hope that this translates into more local jobs in the fashion industry and increased commercial interest that will propel the fashion sector into a real ‘fashion industry’.


  1. koa006

    November 23, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Agnes and loLA!! real cool site! tinuke and titi i love u gurls and i’m tres excited for you..keep it flying!!

  2. Eniola

    November 23, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    These women are pretty cool. I ordered my Afromania by Nkwo purse from them and everything was timely, great communication and so on. I recommend!

  3. shade

    November 23, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Great stuff. More power to Agnes & Lola and the designers.

  4. YEOAL

    November 24, 2010 at 12:36 am

    I am always very happy when i see the Nigerian fashion industry being recognized internationally.

  5. Blithe

    November 24, 2010 at 2:19 am

    so guys, im lost at “ethical” or “ethnical” i dunno what she said…
    pls help!

    • Zizi

      November 27, 2010 at 8:54 am

      She clearly says ethical but if you need to be certain, use context clues. She mentions fair trading which is an ethical issue, not ethnical.

  6. Babeee

    November 24, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Yay Nkwo!

    Proud of you hon x


    November 25, 2010 at 12:58 am

    We get there.Though slow,we’ll surely get there.Am quite optimistic.We need to end kidnapping anyhow.

  8. Africa Batik

    November 27, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I think this is a moment that should be remembered, the point where African fashion moves and becomes much more visible in the global commercial markets overseas. Coming from London I see so many Young British African’s embracing their heritage and expressing it via their traditional material designed in a contemporary way.

  9. 1234

    November 30, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Praise God for those working for our progress globally 🙂

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