Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Hub de la Mode
Explain your idea in details:
Hub de la Mode a fashion co- working space, learning center and e-library will be working towards creating a sustainable fashion eco system in Africa by opening a space that will allow conversations pertaining sustainable fashion to be held, have various stakeholders in the fashion industry to learn their contribution towards sustainable fashion, teach designers, suppliers and producers in fashion how to embrace sustainability, open a space that young designers who are starting their ventures can learn and produce their designs sustainably. We look at being able to encourage collaborations and partnerships in Africa between various stakeholders involved in the fashion industry from the designers, corporate companies, private sector, investors, researchers, farmers, activists, innovators, educators, youth, government representatives, and the media among targeted stakeholders. So as to instill a stronger understanding of the underlying principles of the circular or no-waste economy as it applies to fashion leading to actions at each stage of the production and supply chain, more sustainable ways sourcing of materials for textile and fabric design, exploration of possible alternative markets to source and distribute and recycle or upcycle existing clothing, embracing fashion co-working spaces as they help limited use of natural resources, opening up a learning center and e-library that will enable people to learn and also access information related to fashion and sustainable fashion from the hub or from wherever they are. These partnerships will unleash innovative ways of working, mobilizing expertise and hard to reach resources, and create shared accountability and this will be a great opportunity in Africa to develop new approaches to partnering and collaborating in the fashion industry that will be generating shared value. Hub de la Mode is looking for ways to create transformative social and economic change in the fashion industry in Africa.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Hub de la Mode hopes to create a sustainable fashion ecosystem by building fashion businesses and professionals who are purpose driven and will create transformative societal, cultural, economic and environmental change. Enabling behavioural change in consumers and fashion professionals by opening up access to knowledge and information for clients so that they can develop a thought process that is critical and will enable them to make well informed and sustainably conscious purchasing decisions. We aim to create a community of fashion professionals equipped with knowledge and tools as an integrated approach to effective and efficient planning, budgeting, and investing in the environmental and socio-economic dimensions of the fashion industry that will significantly contribute to the realization of SDGs. And also cultivate a generation of fashion professionals with the tools to apply new thought processes within organizations.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
This will be a space that will allow conversations pertaining to sustainable fashion to be held, have various stakeholders in the fashion industry learn their contribution towards sustainable fashion, teach designers, suppliers and producers in fashion how to embrace sustainability, open a space that young designers who are starting their ventures can learn and produce their designs sustainably whilst being mentored by fashion professionals. Hub de la Mode will be using the business service provision model as it will be a hub that will allow individuals and teams to work independently or collaboratively in a shared space. This will also be space that various stakeholders in the fashion industry can hold relevant workshops, conferences, summits, training, talks among others revolving around sustainable fashion and growing the fashion industry. The hub will have branched revenue sources which will include: Renting out work and design stations to individuals and teams Renting out the meeting rooms and conference hall for events like conferences, seminars, training workshops etc. Virtual offices for fashion professionals working from home Various Membership options for access to the e-library for Hub de la Mode Since there is a lot of diversity in terms of individuals, types of companies, work structure, and employees who will be at the hub, some B2B companies will use the space for promotional activities. Even workshops or training that will be conducted at Hub de la Mode will serve as a means of promoting a product and/or service and become a source of revenue. Some of the collaborators we are hoping to work with are: Center for sustainable fashion under the London College of Fashion Bloomsbury fashion central Sew it! Academy Wholistic Coachsulting UN Alliance for sustainable fashion
A 28-year-old fashion, product designer and marketer who is passionate about art, fashion and design and looks at fun ways to create out of the box perspectives to solve problems in our current world. I am committed to finding ways to connect people through fashion, art and design. I working towards forming collaborations among fashion businesses to help grow them to compete in the global fashion market. I am also determined to empower Millennials to leverage their strengths and find their true purpose as the change-makers and pacesetters of today and the future. My passion in the creative industry with focus in fashion has seen me win two awards namely: Top 25 under 25 entrepreneurs Kenya and Fashion Icon of the Year Africa Youth Awards and get nominated for some awards: KNCCI Women in Business Awards and DXD Awards. I am very passionate about millennials, breaking myths that surround them, elevating and empowering them while creating multi-generational work and business spaces. This passion has seen me spearhead two projects namely Most Influential Young Kenyans and #MILLEADERS Summit.