ethical fashion

THE ROME COLLECTION by Audrey Smith

It's finally here! Check out the newest line from Nigerian ethical fashion label, Kinabuti.  Each of these pieces was handmade in Nigeria through community education and empowerment programs and designed by Kinabuti founder, Caterina Bertolussi. The line embodies the brand vision of creating a sustainable fashion sector in Nigeria.  The whole process from creating the tie-dye and batik prints, to bringing the designs from sketch to wearable pieces, was carried out by the women trained through skill empowerment programs. It's a purely ethical collection.  Read more about the process in the previous post... but first! Check out 5 of the newest looks from The Rome Collection. 

Coming Soon from Kinabuti: The Rome Collection by Audrey Smith

This week, ethical fashion label, Kinabuti will roll out their Spring 2016 line, The Rome Collection in Lagos, Nigeria. 

Kinabuti is an Ethical Fashion Label that uses fashion as a vehicle to promote and implement sustainability projects and foster capacity building, (the process of developing and strengthening the skills, instincts, abilities, processes and resources that organizations and communities need to survive, adapt, and thrive in the fast changing world), and employment in disadvantaged communities. 

For this collection Kinabuti worked with fifteen women from under privileged communities in Lagos, Nigeria. During a 3 month training, the incredible, Floriana Betto Bindi from New York's Parson School of Design trained these fifteen women pattern-making and dressmaking techniques.  The best students qualified for their first contracting job for the Kinabuti label, earning an income and starting a career in fashion. 

Each of the fine fabrics in The Rome Collection were created in youth workshops.  The workshops taught youths the art of tie-dye on fabrics, using antique techniques of African batik revisited with a modern approach. 

Kinabuti's youth workshop act as a vehicle to instigate economical development in Nigeria. The students in these workshops become qualified for their first contracting job for the Kinabuti label, earn an income and learn a useful artisanal profession.

Stay tuned to see The Rome Collection.