The 8th edition of FIMO228, Togo’s Fashion Festival, held over the weekend in Lomé, Togo bringing around 20 African designers from around the continent as a celebration of cultural cross-pollination.
The Togo Fashion Festival aims to create a platform to showcase the best of African fashion.
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The musical ambience, the catwalk — everything must be up to international fashion week standards under Jacques Logoh’s watch.
As for eight years, the international fashion festival promoter has been aware that the event contributes to solidifying the African fashion industry.
Logoh even rose to the task of organising the festival amid an ongoing pandemic — although Togo has not had any events this year.
The Beninese stylist Miguel Toffohossou is getting ready to show his models. An umpteenth windfall, because he knows that it is an opportunity to promote the fruit of his work.
This creator has built his career on his own and is often immersed in on-the-job training during festivals. His current objective is to make his mark in ready-to-wear clothing – made in Africa.
The rise of African creators remains challenged by production constraints as nearly 70 per cent of fashion companies have fewer than 10 employees.
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Francophone African luxury designers may be getting more recognition. However, the weight of the informal sector is hindering the development of the still-emerging continental market.