Fashion Lab — Liz Ogumbo-Regisford
Fashion Lab is the first Fashion-Business radio show to go live on air in Africa. It dissects the business behind fashion to provide a platform where growth and development within the fashion industry is promoted and facilitated for sustainability and economic growth.
The team talks exclusively to AfroStyle magazine (ASM), an African-inspired, multicultural/multiracial online magazine that covers contemporary issues in fashion, entertainment, arts/culture and social issues. ASM speaks of value, expresses beauty, comments on attitude and identifies substantive style. With the team in studio are ASM partners Amaka Onyia, CEO/Editor-in-Chief of ASM, a Nigerian who appreciates the beauty of African and non-African cultures. Fashion Editor and partner at ASM, Khanyi Shabalala is South African, with a knack for creativity and an incredible artistic flair and vision, which she shares abundantly in her video/photography collaboration with Amaka, 'Being Khanyi’.
The team talks everything around fashion from a Social Commerce/E-Commerce angle. They are joined by special guests Christopher Augustine and the rest of the FYI Online team... along with their brand new European contributor, Francesca Marzilli - plus US - Fashion Lab Partner and contributor on the show, Eji Benson.
The team discusses the African fashion consumer in Africa. Who is this consumer? What do they want? Do they have access to what they want? What are they willing to spend to get what they want? Are the retail hubs offering what they want? Boutique owner of 'Designer Studio' in Nairobi, Kenya Wanjiku Nyoike, and Kenyan trend spotter Sharon Olago, are in studio to discuss... along with insights from other fashion consumers and entrepreneurs from across the continent.
The team discusses clothing manufacturing and the current status around this industry, with an overview from African manufacturers and the rest of the world. Liz and Morag are joined by Shaun Esson, partner at C & R branding Solutions - the largest corporate wear manufacturer in Africa today... along with founder and CEO of Ennui NYC, Eji Benson - who sources manufacturing services to some of the biggest fashion brands and houses globally.
The team discusses fashion industry social responsibility and some of the moving projects on that note to help make a difference for the next big name in the game. They are joined by Congolese, UK-based fashion designer Tina Lobondi who is founder of #ESIMBI - an educational social enterprise in aid of children in the UK and Congo... and celebrity stylist, Tendai Marowa - founder and CEO of 'The Legacy of True Beauty'.
Join Liz Ogumbo-Regisford as she engages with special guest, Namibian fashion designer, Nikola Conradie. Morag Steyn brings you an exciting GLAM UP session where you can find out what it means to "Shift & Slay" with body transformation coach Tanya De Lange. And Eji Benson joins in from New York as usual.
With the constant evolution and pressure to keep in this highly stressful fashion industry at all levels, the team discusses how to manage health and stress - joined by special guest Sayed Mia, CEO and master franchise owner of REVIVE South Africa. They are also joined by NYC-based, Zimbabwea-born fashion designer Farai Simoyi.