Ghana’s newly inaugurated Association of Ghanaian Apparel Manufacturers (AGAM) partners with government to develop apparel exports

“If an apparel firm right here in Ghana has been able to employ 3,000 workers in three years, can you imagine how many people would be employed if all 14 [apparel association members] each employ 3,000 people?” said Mr. Alex Deprez, USAID West Africa’s Mission Director at the launch of the Association of Ghana Apparel… Read More

With Ghanaian consultant, O’sey Collection plans new men’s shirt product lines

A Ghanaian fashion technologist spent much of October building staff skills and capacity in cutting and sampling at Côte d’Ivoire’s leading apparel factory. Ms. Mabel Dede Doe, contracted by the Trade Hub, was so popular that O’sey Textiles shared the cost for her to stay an additional week. “The sampling and cutting are a crucial… Read More

U.S. Ambassador to Benin applauds country’s first apparel export under AGOA

With speeches and a tour of one of Benin’s leading apparel factories, Ambassador Lucy Tamlyn (pictured second from right) applauded the shipment of 6,000 clergy shirts and 9,000 clergy collars to Hurley’s Religious Goods in the United States—made by Africa New Confection (ANC). “I congratulate Benin on the country’s first apparel AGOA shipment and ANC… Read More

Osez O’sey! USAID regional director praises Ivorian apparel company’s growth

Côte d’Ivoire’s leading apparel factory is growing, in part thanks to vital, timely assistance from the U.S. Government as it expands capacity and hires unemployed youth, the Director of USAID West Africa learned during an August 24 visit to O’sey Collection’s factory. “Osez O’sey!” [Dare, O’sey!] said Mr. Alex Deprez, encouraging employees at the factory… Read More

At MAGIC, new and returning West African companies meet clients ready to explore the Africa Advantage

Since his first visit to the Sourcing at MAGIC show many years ago, Greg Kankoh, CEO of Bulluk/Nallem had not returned. But in August 2017, he was pleasantly surprised by the results of his participation with the Trade Hub’s West African delegation to the largest apparel show in the U.S.—including a face-to-face meeting with a… Read More

At MAGIC, Ivorian apparel maverick debuts ready-to-wear couture

His father’s 27th child and his mother’s ninth, Aka Phillippe Kouame never learned a trade nor did he want to follow his father into farming in eastern Cote d’Ivoire. While majoring in business at the University of Abidjan, he struck an arrangement with his neighbor, a tailor, to market his “classic” men’s shirts. Mr. Kouame… Read More

KAD lands Zuvaa production contract with Trade Hub support

A New York-based online marketplace for Africa-inspired fashion, Zuvaa, has outsourced production for two of its designs to Ghana-based apparel producer KAD Manufacturing, as reported by KAD’s Managing Director, Mrs. Linda Ampah, during a factory visit on July 20 by representatives from the Trade Hub and the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA). Organized upon the… Read More

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

The MAGIC-al ingredient: Persistence

For Linda Ampah of KAD Manufacturing, one year has made all the difference in reaching U.S. buyers. She has ramped up international orders in addition to following up with contacts made at last year’s Sourcing at MAGIC tradeshow. Ms. Ampah first attended the world’s largest apparel show in February 2016 in Las Vegas, under the… 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

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