Lagos Fashion Week 23 “Woven Threads” Pop Up at Selfridges is underway. The pop-up launched on May 9th.
This comes after the recently concluded “Woven Threads” showcase that brought together a diverse range of designers, practitioners, and stakeholders to discuss and showcase circular design practices through the work of participating designers. This year’s theme “Standing the Test of Time,” highlighted fashion’s longevity, resilience, and unique ability to adapt to changing times while preserving its core values and principles. From traditional African craftsmanship to contemporary fashion design, fashion has proven its ability to evolve while retaining its essence and cultural significance.
The Lagos Fashion Week – “Woven Threads” pop-up in Selfridges located on the third floor has been carefully curated to celebrate designers known for innovating and working closely with artisan collectives in their ecosystem.
We are thrilled to introduce the following designers: AAKS, Abiola Olusola, Andrea Iyamah, Buzigahill, Christie Brown, Eki Kere, Elexiay, Emmy Kasbit, Eva Sonaike, Kadiju, Katush, Lisa Folawiyo, NKWO, Obida, Orange Culture, Shem Paronelli, Taztopia This Is Us and TJWHO.
Positioning designers for access to market opportunities has been a key objective for Style House Files & Lagos Fashion Week since its inception, As part of our continued commitment to facilitating access to market opportunities, ensuring our creative community can leverage a globalised commercial landscape through key strategic partnerships and collaborations. We believe that fashion should be accessible and inclusive, and we are proud to partner with Selfridges, a company that shares our values and commitment to excellence.
“It is great to see the “Woven Threads” platform evolve in this way. Artisanal practices are not just a link to our past but a beacon for our future. They embody the spirit of creativity, craftsmanship, and community that has stood the test of time. As the bedrock of our design process and the cornerstone of the Woven Threads exhibition, we are responsible for preserving these practices and celebrating the artisans who keep them alive. Beyond their aesthetic beauty, these practices play a crucial role in socio-economic empowerment, providing sustainable livelihoods, preserving cultural heritage, and fostering meaningful connections between people and their craft.” says Omoyemi Akerele, Founder and Executive Director of Lagos Fashion Week.
Lagos Fashion Week continues to lead the way with initiatives that support, strengthen and develop the fashion industry through an approach that heralds collaborations, grassroots community impact, and co-creation. Beyond the runway, the annual event provides a platform that’s gradually repositioning fashion as a useful tool for commerce and creativity in Africa.
The “Woven Threads” pop-up will run From May 9th for six weeks
The Woven Threads’23 Pop-Up at Selfridges is supported by Access Bank and Aqualina Beach House.
For more information regarding Lagos Fashion Week and our initiatives, visit lagosfashionweek.ng or follow our Instagram page @lagosfashionweekofficial.
Selfridges was founded by Harry Gordon Selfridge, changing the world of retail forever when the first store was opened on Oxford Street in 1909. Since then, the brand has opened three stores in Manchester and Birmingham.
Selfridges has been a key reinventor of retail with innovation across in-store experiences and brand partnerships with leaders in luxury. This includes Dior at Alto rooftop collaboration, the opening of Selfridges Cinema, and helping to launch industry disruptors and emerging retail innovators including Charlotte Tilbury and Pangaia.
Building on over a decade of retail activism, in 2020 Selfridges launched Project Earth, its evergreen sustainability strategy, with bold targets to reinvent retail and meet its commitment to a net zero future. Selfridges aims to help customers change the way they shop in three ways: by addressing the materials used in products, launching and exploring new retail models such as resell, repair, refill and rental, and engaging with teams, partners and customers to inspire a shift in mindsets. Selfridges has made ambitious 2030 targets for everything it builds, buys and sells to meet its environmental and ethical standards; for 45% of transactions to come from circular products and services; and to build an inclusive retail culture in which teams, communities and customers put people and planet first in all decision making. Underpinning Project Earth is a broader commitment to Science Based Targets and to achieve net-zero carbon across the business by 2040 as a signatory to the Climate Pledge.
Selfridges has been transformed in line with a long-term vision that harks back to the core principles of Harry Gordon Selfridge himself, whose high standards of style, service and desire to entertain run through each store today. Selfridges was named “Best Retailer” at the Positive Luxury Awards 2020, a “Best 25 Big Company To Work For” 2020 as awarded by The Sunday Times, and voted “Best Department Store in the World” at the Global Department Store Summits 2010, 2012, 2014, 2018. From weddings to the skate bowl, Selfridges continues to generate new ways to surprise and amaze its customers in London, Manchester, Birmingham and at selfridges.com.