Green Access

Lagos Fashion Week Green Access

Lagos Fashion Week in collaboration with Style House Files, launch the 4th edition of its talent discovery platform ‘Green Access’ across Africa with BESTSELLER Foundation (BSF).

Green Access is a sustainable fashion accelerator programme that nurtures young designers and drives the recommitment of resource efficiency, biodegradability, longevity and recyclability as guiding principles for fashion design and production

Green Access was launched in 2018 to spotlight fashion enterprises transforming their business models and embracing strategies towards a more environmentally, socially and ethically conscious production.

Philanthropically funded by fashion group BESTSELLER, since 2015, BSF has supported projects and invested in businesses with positive social and environmental impact.

“For the last couple of years, we have positioned the Green Access initiative as a vehicle to encourage and educate budding designers on the increasing need to build economically, environmentally and socially sustainable fashion businesses. It’s very important that they are supported to do so when they are still in the start-up stages of their business, but we have to amplify this message. The partnership with BSF enables us to open the doors to emerging brands committed to designing with resource efficiency, biodegradability and circularity in mind across the continent, making the Green Access programme for the first time Pan-African.” - Omoyemi Akerele, Founder Lagos Fashion Week

Green Access - How?

Designers discovered through Green Access represent the future of sustainable fashion on the continent. Lagos Fashion Week uses this platform to amplify these voices.

  • Young designers complete an online application that details their business & designs that focus on sustainability
  • A panel selects the 10 finalists - The 10 finalists are announced and invited to workshops facilitated by stakeholders in the industry.
  • Green Access designers are commissioned to design pieces highlighting sustainable design practices such as zero waste and up-cycling that debut on the Lagos Fashion Week runway in a joint Green Access show.

Programme Activity & Highlights Business Workshops

  • Sustainable Business Models
  • Funding

Creative Workshops

  • Materials
  • Linear to Circular
  • Made To Last
  • Creating Cohesive collections
  • Sourcing

Brand Building

  • Lagos Fashion Week
  • Mentorship
  • Retail Activation
  • Publicity and PR
Apply for Green Access 2022 here applications close on 31st August, 2022.
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