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Smile to the Bank in Dollars with African Fashion Export Business
Why is the world turning attention towards African clothing, fashion and design? African designs and fabrics are unique, colourful, elegant, easy and comfortable to wear. Smile to the bank exporting African Fashion Dresses!
What is it that makes African Fashion and Design tick? Why is the world turning its attention towards African clothing, fashion and design? Traditional African dresses and fabrics are unique, colourful, handmade, cultural, elegant, charming, easy and comfortable to wear.
The world is fascinated by Africa, its people, cultures and traditions. African fashion and design productions reflect African cultural and traditional values. And this singular influence goes a long way to create the freshness, uniqueness and authenticity that make African attires attractive.
African clothing and costumes are in high demand worldwide. Apart from the big international retail outlets, malls and fashion houses in United States and Europe, there are many Africans in the Diaspora who demand for quality African Clothing, and their numbers are growing. Many non-Africans also love, admire and dress African.
For some sub-Saharan African countries, the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) offers duty-free access to USA markets. If you want to smile to the bank in dollars, start your African Fashion Export Business today!
Can I do this Business?
Are you imaginative and creative? Do you have eyes for details and quality finishing? Are you fashion conscious? Are you a lover of quality, style and elegance? Are you internet savvy? Do you have good computer and graphics design skills? Are you ready to overcome the hassles of export documentations? Feel free to jump in!
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This business involves selling high quality authentic African clothing, attires and costumes to foreign countries, especially Europe and USA. You have to decide (depending on your capital) where to pitch your tent on this Clothing chain.
If you don't have much capital, you can easily start as a link between the garment makers and foreign retailers (superstore, mall, design house).
If you have what it takes, you can start by creating an online shop, display your products, market your brand, look for buyers and fulfil their orders.
If you have the financial muscles, you can setup your business to source for quality fabrics, design, sow, package, warehouse and ship to your export partners.
You'll need to:
- Have a business plan or blueprint
- Do market research/analysis to choose your market/products
- Find an exciting, stylish and brand-able NAME for your product line
- Create your brand's logo or symbol
- Register your business name, brand and logo
- Setup your office (or work from home)
- Connect with foreign buyers or their agents
- Connect with a shipping agent
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- Determine what countries and products you want to deal with
- Create high quality products with perfect finishing
- Do not economise on quality packaging
- Understand export business procedure and documentation
- Setup a website to showcase and sell your products
- Create a catalogue and price list for your products
- Network with other producers and fashion geeks
- Regularly attend Fashion Shows and Events
- Use social media platforms to gain some publicity mileage
- Liaise with Export Promotion Council in your state or country.
What Can I Export?
Readymade Garments you can export include: Shirts, Trousers, Children's wears, Safari suits, Safari coats, Adire batiks wears, Ankara wears, Beach wears, etc.
Textile Products you can export include: African Print (cotton super print), Cotton real wax, Cotton sheets, Bedspreads and Sheets, Mosquito nets, Table covers, Napkins, Pillow cases, Linens, etc.
Manufactured Products you can export include: Cotton thread, Cotton bags and Towels, Textile fabrics, Cotton grey cloth, tapestry cloth, Cotton yarn, Absorbent cotton wool, etc.
Footwear and Leather Products you can export: Leather sandals, Leather slippers, Canvas shoes, Leathers folders, Leather bags, Men and Ladies Shoes, Children shoes, Shoe soles, Belts, etc.
Canvas Products you can export: Canvas tents, Tarpaulins, Carpets and Rugs, School bags, Canvas shoes, etc.
The world is fascinated by African culture and costumes. There is a steadily growing demand for African fashion products and designs worldwide. African Fashion and Clothing Export business is a sure route to great wealth. What are you waiting for?
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© Jay Onwukwe