African Fabric Goes Urban
This audio interview accompanies the press release that was published on beninmwangi.com on April 11, 2007.
An interview between Benin Mwangi of beninmwangi.com and Frederic Tape of Africaincorp. The discussion centers around African fashion and the upcoming launch of the Enrique Pierre Clothing Line.
This press release came to me by way of fellow Africa blogger Frederic Tape. Of course, we already knew what a wonderful blogger he is, writing with such flair and originality. But as it turns out, he is also quite the business person, as well and is involved with a fashion design company here in the States (Virginia) called Stockpile of Southern Urbanity Enrique Pierre Clothing.
Stockpile of Southern Urbanity Enrique Pierre Clothing ( www.enriquepierre.com) is the new fashion concept that is set to land in the United States market. Enrique Pierre Clothing is the offspring of New entrants to the fashion industry Enrique Pascal & Pierre-Louis who fuse Southern comfy style with very avant-garde decorative designs.
EPC couples its fashion aptitude with affordable prices for its customers. ‘ The focus of our production is to attain quality on each piece of clothing, while maintaining low cost of production which translates into affordable pricing for our customers.’ says Pierre ECP’s cofounder.
The product lines will be targeted towards women who want refinement in simplicity. Additionally, the spokesperson for the company, Mr. Frederic Tape indicates that there is a good chance that some or most of their fabrics might be sourced from Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa. Also it should be noted that he believes that, right now, the time is right for other urban designers to start seriously considering the African continent for fabrics. Mr. Tape stresses that whilst the fabric markets are still developing, both in finance and infrastructure, that the opportunities for urban designers may extend far beyond sourcing fabrics.