Friday, December 9, 2022


Pleased Juneteenth!

In celebration of Juneteenth, we’ve launched the primary in our 5-part collection on West African textiles taught by Mina Dia-Stevens. Mina’s first lesson covers the Faso Dan Fani Fabric of Burkina Faso and the way this many hundreds-of-years-old textile, thought-about the woven loincloth of the homeland, was handed down from era to era. Not solely is Faso Dan Fani Fabric the nationwide image of Burkina Faso, it additionally commemorates the nation’s emancipation from colonialism in 1960 and the nation’s identify change from The Republic of Higher Volta to Burkina Faso in 1984.

On this collection, Mina discusses African textile yarns, threads, and the native, seasonal, and conventional supplies which can be native to particular West African international locations. Mina additionally covers conventional strategies of manufacturing and the way the processes are nonetheless maintained and celebrated right now. Her journey continues with classes on the textiles of different West African international locations comparable to Mali, Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana, so keep tuned!

The primary in a 5-part collection masking the textiles of West Africa by Mina Dia-Stevens: West African Textiles- Faso Dan Fani Fabric of Burkina Faso

Our latest Teacher: Mina Dia-Stevens (Photograph credit score Mina Dia-Stevens)

 Mina Dia-Stevens is a 19-year veteran of the style business, as life-long inventive, educator and design entrepreneur. As a college member for twelve years within the vogue division at Moore Faculty of Artwork and Design, Mina supplied instruction to second- and third-year design college students, within the areas of sample making, building, illustration, and idea design, within the classes of menswear, swimwear, womenswear and childrenswear. She has additionally researched, established, and carried out, in depth curriculum for ninth, tenth, 11th– and Twelfth-grade creatives within the areas of vogue and textile design.

Mina’s skilled expertise contains varied roles within the vogue business starting from designing junior activewear attire to shoe design and development consulting. At present, Mina is concerned in increasing her household’s West African textile enterprise into the model, Royal Fulani Dwelling.

As a design entrepreneur, Mina absolutely understands the fragile stability between nurturing an unbiased inventive spirit with a enterprise thoughts. Her philosophy as a inventive and educator is predicated upon phrases that she vividly remembers listening to as a baby:

“You’ve at all times had the facility, my expensive, you simply needed to study it for your self.” –  Glinda from The Wizard of Oz

For Mina, this quote encompasses the thoughts, coronary heart, and spirit of who she is as an educator of younger visionaries. She not solely leads her college students via the tutorial course of however nurtures their creativity for a lifetime. We’re thrilled that Mina is now a part of the distinguished instructors at UoF.

Picture courtesy: Customized Collaborative 

Celebrating Our 2-year Anniversary with Customized Collaborative

We’re additionally celebrating our 2-year partnership with Customized Collaborative, a New York Metropolis-based entrepreneurship and workforce improvement program, based in 2015, that trains and empowers low-income and immigrant ladies of coloration to start out careers within the vogue business.

Since 2020, Customized Collaborative’s fashion-preneurs have expressed their appreciation to us in each phrases and deeds, for donating full entry to our vogue training library.

Thanks for giving me the possibility of membership and scholarship to extend my talent and to take a step ahead in my life to assist myself.”  ~ Kulwant Kaur

I’d personally prefer to thanks for this superb alternative to take part within the College of Trend.  I’m so excited and grateful in your beneficiant reward.  I’ll give a 💯 and one of the best of skills. Thanks for the gorgeous blessings” ~ Regina Madison

It’s an honor to be chosen for the College of Trend scholarship. 

 I’m actually grateful for this chance. This scholarship permits me to deal with my research and extra work alternatives. Thanks in your assist.” ~ María Isabel Espinoza

I by no means knew about this superb alternative till Customized Collaborative a number of Wednesdays in the past. I’ve been so hungry to study extra about garment building and I’m grateful to you for founding College of Trend so I can study and be uncovered to far more. Thank You.” ~ Analisa Charles

Picture courtesy: Customized Collaborative

Ngozi Okaro Govt Director Customized Collaborative (Photograph: Heather Sten)

We’d like to offer a particular shout-out to CC’s govt Director Ngozi Okaro for her dedication in serving to so many ladies attain their potential.

And the way about Vanessa Friedman, Trend Director and Chief Trend Critic for The New York Instances (and Constance C.R. White) who simply acknowledged Customized Collaborative on June 17th in Vanessa’ s Open Thread column together with different sizzling Black-owned manufacturers.

Enjoyable Reality: Constance White gave me, Francesca Sterlacci, my first WWD cowl!

So, as we have fun Juneteenth, it’s a time for all of us to maintain on supporting small companies run by Black founders. Our new fav is Brooklyn-based Parron Allen, a quickly to be UoF teacher, who makes a speciality of tremendous fab sustainable design clothes. Examine him out and keep tuned…

So, inform us, how are you supporting Black manufacturers?



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