Africa Fashion Week Los Angeles Presents "Africa Is Rising"

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AFWLA teams with local, national and international sponsors for pre-marketing event in Downtown Los Angeles

On Thursday, August 30th, Africa Fashion Week Los Angeles (AFWLA) will host “Africa Is Rising”, a networking social event highlighting Africa’s fashion and textile industries, on the rooftop of the The Standard Hotel (550 S Flower Street) from 6-10pm. Tina Tangalakis of Della LA will be the featured designer.

When people hear the word "fashion," they immediately become immersed in the idea of glam—and all of the splendor the word signifies. While Africa is a glamorous place for many, it can be a dark place for some members of African communities on the continent. These dynamics shape their experiences, their realities and, for some, their futures. Africa Fashion Week Los Angeles aims to shed light on the many issues—the good, not so great, the beautiful, and the gritty—that affect the various designers who we will feature. With the help of Tina Tangalakis, AFWLA will stimulate conversations of change and transformation regarding the continent and within the context of the Diaspora. AFWLA also hopes to encourage awareness surrounding Africa’s bustling fashion and textile industries. Tina has been able to turn a first-time trip to Ghana into an ethics conscious business that produces iPhone/iPad cases (carried by Apple, Nordstrom, Free People and Mod Cloth) and other major retailers) and other small accessories--each made of beautiful Ankara print.

AFWLA is pleased to have sponsorships by OPI, Face 2 Face Africa, Della LA, Clear Essence, Arik Air, Sassy Hair Extensions, W.E.T PR, Ethno Nightlife and Miss Dunnie O. In partnering with organizations like the MacDella Cooper Foundation, which provides educational, economic and social relief to Liberian orphans and children, AFWLA aims to incite a shift in the perception of African designers, African cultures and Africa as a whole. The continent is so much more than meets the eye. And much like New York Times op-ed columnist Nicholas D. Kristoff recently stated, in his article titled as such: Africa is [still] on the rise.

AFWLA encourages a minimum of $5 donations as 100% of all proceeds will go towards the MacDella Cooper Foundation. The company will accept donations via Eventbrite (http://afwla.eventbrite.com). The first 50 registrants will receive a complimentary gift bag featuring items from the generous sponsors.

For all media inquiries, please contact Aminata Steele at 202.276.6916 or pr(at)afwla(dot)com.

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