CAMpreneur Sustainable Fashion Designer: Kibonen Nfi

Sustainable Fashion also called eco fashion, is a part of the growing design philosophy and trend of sustainability, the goal of which is to create a system which can be supported indefinitely in terms of environmentalism and social responsibility. Sustainable fashion is part of the larger trend of sustainable design
where a product is created and produced with consideration to the
environmental and social impact it may have throughout its total life
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Keywords: Social, Impact, Responsibility, Sustainable!

Label: Kibonen NY

Designer: Kibonen Nfi

Location: New York, NY

 Meet our CAMpreneur Sustainable Fashion Designer, Ms. Kibonen Nfi…

Project: The Kibonen NY, Threads for a Cause Campaign

Why Sustainable Fashion?

For KibonenNY its just the best thing to do.
Figuring out a way of adding value to our culture definitely means creating jobs for the people who produce these items.


It
really feels good when we do what we love and at the same time helping
people improve the quality of their lives and adding in the little way
we can to make the world a better place. Thats why it just had to be a
sustainable business. I belong to a non profit organization www.jci.cc
and i just love the impact it has on communities. I have learnt that the
importance of helping the community makes us become who we are.

 JCI Event

 Fair Trade Dresses
 Please tell us about the Projects and Initiatives you have been involved in?
Over
the past few years iIhave been building the foundation of a non profit organization. iI a co-founder the Cameroon Fashion Industry Association of America. The aim
of this organization is to help develop the fashion scene in Cameroon at
various levels. I am so excited about this as we have succeeded in
building a great team and we have projects lined up to execute for next
year.

This
is my biggest baby right now. Through this organisation we brought a
couple of designers from Cameroon to be a part of the Africa Fashion Week in NY which took place in July 2012. This same organization is the
architect behind KibonenNY being present to represent Cameroon at the
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in SA
.
We initiated the Super Model Search Competition in Cameroon which will take place next year.
We are working on a fashion boothcamp to take place in Cameroon sometime next year
 

We set up the Made in Camer Production unit in Cameroon which is a
fairtrade production center based in Bamenda, Cameroon. Made in Camer
also has a sales outlet in New York where products from this center is
sold and products from other designers from Cameroon

Besides elaboration and carrying out projects for my non profit i am
actively working on my fashion brand as i aim to franchise all stereotypes and barriers to be a premium fashion designer.


Describe Kibonen NY? 
Kibonen NY is a fresh brand that just basically strives to project the
freshness of African fashion, producing sensual Garments with with a
modern fusion. We aim to capture that smooth lifestyle and
instill more value in our clients by making them contribute to the
betterment of the world in a very subtle way. At the same time this
brand is a Cameroonian brand that continuously puts Cameroons pride in Culture at the forefront and n the fashion map. 

What should we expect from your brand?
Expect
nothing but the best since this is
just the beginning.
We have amazing plans for this brand and i will ask
you to stay tuned first to see what Mercedes Benz Fashion Week SA will
look like.


 How did it all start ? Kibs in Fashion World….
When
we discovered the value of the “toghu”  we delved in to exploiting it
and presenting it to the world. I did not realise how much of a
sensation it was going to be. I am truly happy and proud it is
gaining grounds and imposing itself as a distinct style in African
fashion.  


What is this Campaign about? Threads for a Cause…
When I started fashion my first ever fashion show was wrapped around a
charity cause hence it was named “Threads for a Cause”. My project is
entangled with my social responsibility cause and helping me build my
brand is helping me move ahead in the cause of helping alleviate poverty
in Cameroon by providing opportunities for the people less privileged that i am to further develop and exploit their competence through more valued productions.


This
campaign is to help Kibonen NY be able to take care of the logistics to
be present at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa and also help
improve on our production facilities and be better prepared for the
challenges that a major exposure like this will bring.
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa is the largest and most industry standard
fashion event in Africa and i will be one of the few Cameroonian
designers to grace this platform. It is a huge honor for me and I need
you all to make it. It is at a point where it is not about me it is about
US.

Pictures Courtesy of FE Photography & Kibonen NY.

OK people, support a sister with a great cause to life, Threads For A Cause….Thumbs up Kibs. Keep up the great work of flying the Green, Red, Yellow flag high. All the best in your new venture…

Y.M.

IRepCamer

Author: IRepCamer

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