About

We create and produce beautiful accessories of social significance with some of the most recognised luxury fashion houses such as; Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, sass & bide,
Chan Luu and Karen Walker.

We are the first African production company to successfully combine artisan creativity and production capability with a careful consideration for traceable social impact.

2016 marks our ninth year of production in Kenya. Today, we engage over 1,000 African artisans to create, produce and deliver over 100,000 bags and accessories per year.

2007

In 2007, the Ethical Fashion Initiative, a programme of the International Trade Centre (a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation) launched its first project in Kenya.

The Initiative facilitated the setup of Ethical Fashion Africa, a social enterprise based in Nairobi, which coordinated production with marginalised communities throughout the region. This was the first significant platform for local artisans to exchange their unique skills for greater economic freedom.

2009

In 2009, Ethical Fashion Africa attracted socially conscious luxury fashion houses wishing to produce in Africa.

Repeat orders were successfully delivered for brands including Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, Carmina Campus, Chan Luu, Marni, Max & Co, sass & bide, Mimco, Karen Walker and United Arrows. In doing so, global market access was established for thousands of Kenyan artisans.

2015

In 2015, the International Trade Centre formalised the collaboration of the Ethical Fashion Africa with local private investors, Amalgamated Chama Limited.

ACL invests for social impact and the wider development of the African continent. Its members include socially conscious and business-minded individuals seeking to invest in and support new Kenyan companies.

2016

We work with our clients to produce accessories of social significance. We engage over 1,000 artisans to generate over 50,000 working days yearly.

Today, we rebrand as Artisan Fashion to position ourselves for further success and wider impact.

Our Principles

Our socially-conscious clients enjoy designing with artisans and are proud of the positive impact their business is generating.

Artisan Creativity

Africa is a continent bursting with local skills and materials.

We engage over 1,000 artisans who inspire truly creative design by using techniques such a beading, brass casting, horn moulding and tailoring.

Production Capability

We combine artisan creativity with a first class production hub for finishing, packing and delivery.

Over the last nine years, we have successfully produced and delivered hundreds of collections for some of the world’s leading fashion houses.

Social Impact

We work with 17 communities across Kenya to produce hand crafted artefacts made with traditional skills and materials.

In 2015, we engaged over 1,000 artisans in 50,000 days of work to improve fortunes and enrich lives.

Artisan Creativity

Production Capability

Social Impact

Olonana Women Group


A group of women who first came together to address the plight of young girls who were dropping out of school for lack of sanitary towels. Their traditional skill is beadwork where they make a variety of Jewellery, clothing and furnishings.

Oldanyatti Self-Help Group


A group of women living in the poor rural area of Oldanyatti. It is mainly composed of Maasai women who produce beaded articles for sale.

Sanata


A self-help group consisting of forty women that was formed as a result of the post-election violence in 2008. Their objective was to improve their livelihood and to develop their skills. Along with beadwork, screen printing and shoemaking they are also avid farmers and crop producers. Due to their success as a certified self-help group they are able to support local orphanages. Ethical Fashion has supported this group since its first order in Kenya.

Rangau Designers


Skilled brass casters based in Kitengela, organised under the leadership of an entrepreneurial married couple. He employs a team of 9 men each who have unique skills and knowledge on brass casting.

Bega Kwa Bega Self-Help Group


A group consisting of a majority of single mothers based in Korogocho, who came together to discuss and share their problems and how to approach and resolve them.

They have a wide variety of skills which include weaving, screen printing and beading which is their main source of income.

Satubo Self-Help Group


Satubo is an acronym of Samburu, Turkana and Borana ethnic communities. The group is a pastoralist community which began working with EFI after a drought decimated all their livestock.

The O's Group


The group offers apprenticeship to school dropouts and youth from poor backgrounds. They are currently in negotiation with the Kenyan Ministry of Education–who are interested in teaching the brass casting skill to more young people in Kenya.

Ambassadors of Hope


Ambassadors of Hope Self Help Women Group was established in 2009 and registered in 2011 with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development. The group comprises of mainly single women i.e. widows and single mothers hailing from Waithaka slums in the outskirts of Nairobi. Some of them are refugees from Rwanda, Congo and Burundi hosted by the American Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF). Some members are persons with disabilities. The group comprises of 25 members which have skills in crochet and tailoring, beading, and ironing.

Mahali Pa Watoto Self-Help Group


A group of 15 women based in Nairobi, Kenya, a majority who are single mothers. They came together because their children all attend or attended the local school. Along with beading and farming they also sew all the children’s uniforms.

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