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10 years of economic impact and capacity building in the fashion and beauty industry – Claudia Lumor speaks on GAFW22

Glitz Africa Fashion Week, Ghana’s biggest fashion event marks its 10th edition this year. Founded by the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of the Glitz Africa Magazine, Claudia Lumor, GAFW seeks to provide a business platform with economic impact as it showcases the best of fashion talent and products of the Ghanaian and African continent to the world.

Over the 10-year period, the Glitz Africa Fashion Week platform has proven to be more than a runway show for fashion enthusiasts to watch models strutting in designer clothes. It has grown to become a business platform with the aim of building capacity of businesses in fashion and beauty industry, training designers and entrepreneurs on exports and how to rebrand themselves to markets both locally and globally. GAFW has provided internships for hundreds of young people, organised masterclasses for emerging designers as well as exchange programmes.

The Glitz Africa Fashion Week platform in its aim to impact businesses as well as aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs in the fashion industry, has partnered with various government institutions such as the Ghana Tourism Authority, the Ghana Export Promotion Authority, Exim bank, the Ghana Free Zone Authority to support the ever-expanding fashion industry. Other impactful alliances with organisations such as the African Fashion Foundation and the International Trade Centre to provide relevant need-to-know information on the changing trends in the fashion industry.

Image credit: Gilbert Asante

“It has been an incredible 10-year journey of setting the stage for impacting the fashion and beauty industries beyond a local stage to a continental and international one. The impact has transcended beyond designers to stylists (both hair and makeup), photographers, entrepreneurs, models, students etc. I’m proud of how far my team and I have come in building a platform that brings the players in the fashion and beauty industries together to create economic impact and build capacity.

“I would like to thank our partners Hubtel, the Ghana Free Zone Authority, Samsung, Scent of Africa and all other partners who have supported us for the past 10 years till now. There are more businesses to impact and support to become significant players in the fashion industry in Ghana and abroad. I’m looking forward to the next 10 years,” Claudia remarked.

The 2022 Glitz Africa Fashion Week itinerary is as follows:

  • Beauty Forum at The Under Bridge (Oct. 20)
  • Sustainable Fashion Show at the Nubuke Foundation (Oct. 21)
  • Business of Fashion Seminar and runway show at the Grand Arena, Accra International Conference Centre (Oct. 22)
  • Evening with Atafo Official and Duaba Serwa at The Lotte (Oct.23).
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