With the month-long Vlisco Women’s Month campaign in March 2014, Vlisco celebrated and paid tribute to successful African women who have made their dreams come true. As part of this initiative Vlisco created the Vlisco Fashion Fund. Its aim is to empower and encourage young female creative fashion professionals from West and Central Africa and unleash their true potential.

Tailors, designers and stylists were asked to submit a business plan of how they would make their dream a reality. Alinafe was one of the winners and receive funding of $2500 and a Fashion Training in the Netherlands to get invaluable business advice from the Vlisco team to help bring her dream to life. We were curious about her experience and asked her some questions.

How did the collaboration with Vlisco work out for you?
Collaborating with Vlisco for me has been everything. Being an emerging fashion designer, Vlisco has helped me getting the so much needed exposure I have been longing for. Glitz Africa Fashion Week is one of the platforms that I have always wanted to be on and Vlisco has surely made my dream come true. I look forward to more collaborations with Vlisco in the future.

What is next for you professionally?
I am still looking for more exposure. My target now is international fashion platforms like Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week, Africa Fashion Week London, Milan Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week. Just to mention a few…

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