For some years now the objective of many British brands has been to enter and be successful in Asia and, in particular, China.  In contrast, Africa, and especially sub-Saharan Africa, has been largely ignored by these same brands.  

One partial exception has been South Africa which for some time has been Africa’s biggest economy by GDP. A few British brands have opened or agreed franchises for retail units in Cape Town and Johannesburg. 

But as from 6 April 2014, this is no longer the case. Nigeria has replaced South Africa as the largest economy in the whole of Africa.

Whilst there is a demand for fashion (see Drapers of 8 March 2014), much of Africa has been largely ignored by British brands. Hopefully this will change – and soon, as the demand for fashion, and British fashion, is only likely to grow.


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