USG delegation visits Benin apparel maker, talks with the company’s main U.S. buyer

Officials from the U.S. Embassy and USAID/Benin visited Africa New Confection (ANC), a leading apparel manufacturer, on March 1. There, they learned how Trade Hub assistance is yielding improvements and deals for the emerging exporter and spoke with a U.S. buyer visiting ANC at the same time. ANC owner Mr. Isidore Kouton, said USAID through… Read More

Sourcing at MAGIC energizes business opportunities for West African apparel

Eye-catching prints and styles, coupled with an open-concept booth design, drew scores of potential buyers to learn about West African apparel and production capacity at the Sourcing at MAGIC trade show in Las Vegas, February 20-23, 2017. » View photos from the show here Housed in the Africa Pavilion—a joint effort by USAID and the… Read More

Trade Hub and EAA prep West African factories for world’s largest apparel show

Africa Advantage at MAGIC 2017

With approximately a month to the Sourcing at MAGIC show, the Trade Hub and Ethical Apparel Africa (EAA) on January 17 conducted a planning workshop to strategize with participating factories on how the West Africa delegation would put its best foot forward at the Feb 20-23 event in Las Vegas. EAA presented on “Production and… Read More

Marketing the West African advantage at Las Vegas apparel show

Six apparel makers from Benin, Ghana and Nigeria will exhibit at the world’s largest clothing trade show, February 20 to 23, joining dozens of producers from all over Africa to connect with leading global buyers. Sponsored by the Trade Hub and its partner, Ethical Apparel Africa, the six firms will showcase several categories of apparel—… Read More

Growing appreciation for Benin-based shirt maker in the UK

“Shirt was a big hit in London Town…” “We love them. So cool, and the quality is excellent…” “You were right, the girls loved my shirt; another party tonight, and I am going to wear the other one.” These are just a few of the many comments customers have sent to UK-based Irvine Shirts about… Read More

Ghanaian apparel maker’s first sea shipment bound for Australia

KAD Manufacturing’s first sea shipment left Ghana in November, headed for Jeanswest, an Australian apparel retailer. The shipment was facilitated by the Trade Hub’s partner, Ethical Apparel Africa (EAA), a U.K. based sourcing firm that delivers technical support to promising West African apparel companies like KAD. “This shipment marks a big step forward for KAD’s… Read More

High apparel quality and standards are vital to reach international brands, say Trade Hub and EAA

Social compliance to meet international standards is key to market penetration, 20 Ghanaian producers heard September 14 at a Trade Hub-led AGOA sensitization workshop in Accra, Ghana. The workshop was the second in a series hosted with the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) to help Ghanaian companies understand exporting basics under the… Read More

U.S. design brand features Ghanaian manufacturer in ‘Made in Africa’ collection

Brooklyn Industries—a New York-based design company with 16 retail stores in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Chicago, and Portland, Ore.—recently launched its “Made in Africa” line produced by Kad Manufacturing, a Trade Hub-supported apparel manufacturer in Ghana. Kad first received inquiries from Brooklyn in late 2015 and worked closely with the Trade Hub’s apparel partner, Ethical Apparel Africa… Read More

Textile travel and luggage goods now duty-free!

Textile travel and luggage goods—including backpacks, handbags, and wallets—are now eligible for duty-free treatment when exported from Least Developed Beneficiary Developing Countries and those eligible under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Several West African countries fall in either or both these categories, giving the region a competitive cost advantage over non-African manufacturers… Read More

West African apparel manufacturers feel the MAGIC

Sourcing at MAGIC 2016 brought international apparel and textile manufacturers to Las Vegas, Nevada from February 15-18, 2016 for the opportunity to showcase their quality merchandise, wide manufacturing capabilities, and value-added product delivery and services at the world’s largest apparel trade show. Thirty-five apparel manufacturers from East, Southern, and West Africa came together in the… Read More

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