In this new exclusive interview, BellaNaija Style Head of Content, Mary Edoro speaks with Simone Cipriani, the Head of the Ethical Fashion Initiative of the International Trade Centre (ITC), a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation.

Simone is also an officer of the United Nations who is a passionate advocate for fair trade, equal employment, and the promotion of creative micro-enterprises as a vehicle out of poverty.

Led by Simone, EFI has been instrumental in boosting a new generation of rising fashion talent in Africa, showcasing the initiative at several international trade fairs including the EFI Accelerator Programme, the ‘Africa to Rome’ showcase that promoted the works of African designers including Christie Brown and Kiki Clothing,

The insightful conversation focused on how EFI has found success in integrating marginalized communities and artisans in Africa into the international fashion industry and how sustainable practices translate within the realms of fashion business in Africa.

Watch the full interview below