Friday, February 15, 2019

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Spotlights

Africa Fashion Law Blogger, Annie Oti!

It's #FashionLaw Friday!

Fashion Law has been a rising niche in America for over 10 years now, but it's not the only country in on all the fun.  We got to chat with the Creator of Africa Fashion Law, Annie Oti, and get her take on the niche in general, as well as what's happening in her home of Nigeria.

Take a look at our conversation below, AND get ready for the next edition of the AFL Online class.  Get answers to the question most entrepreneurs are constantly trying to figure out, February 27th and 28th!



"How can I protect my business?"

There is so much value which you can gain from the upcoming AFL Online Class:

▪Learn about the key areas which you need to cater for in order to protect your business, as it will help you operate your business efficiently.


▪Learn how to enhance your market value through the law.

▪Learn about the importance of an agreement in a business in dealing with partners, clients,investors employees, photographers, make up artists and individuals in the industry.

▪Brand development through the law.

▪Determine which business structure is best for your company.
                                               
Do you recognise the value in your business? You need to protect it. Do the needful; hire experts, ask questions, read more, attend the Africa Fashion Law Online Class...

Interested in being a part of the class. Register with the the link below
Bit.ly/aflpfb2 

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And now for the fashion law chat!

1.     How did you get started in fashion?  What sparked your interest?
I have always had interest in fashion from my days in secondary/high school. I always made a conscious effort to stand out. I enjoyed watching documentaries, runway events on fashion TV. Initially, I didn't know anything about designing, so when I had a creative design in my head, I described it on paper. My love for fashion then and now has only grown stronger.

2.     How you would you describe your role in fashion law in Nigeria?  Have you ever been part of the fashion industry in other countries?
Fashion law is relatively new and it is an emerging aspect of law in the world. As a budding fashion lawyer I understand the importance of the law in a business and to a large extent, I understand the business of fashion. Fashion law is gradually gaining recognition in Nigeria, there are several entrepreneurs under the fashion industry and in order for them to take their business to the next level, it is essential that the legal aspect is put in perspective.


3.     What do you just adore about the Nigerian fashion industry?
I love the fact that the industry is growing and it is appreciated and recognized globally. There are so many creative passionate individuals in the fashion industry in Nigeria that are driven to make a huge difference.
The industry has great potential and so much value which I totally adore.

4.     What are some legal issues or challenges you feel are the most pressing right now in the fashion industry?
There are several legal issues faced by the fashion industry. One of the major legal challenges faced by the fashion industry is the lack of clarity as to the protection of a designers work. Technology has revolutionized the fashion industry by increasing the pace of reproduction of outfits. This also has increased the level of infringement globally. The necessity of a reform of Nigerian intellectual property laws to protect Nigerian fashion designs is apparent. Intellectual property law reform in Nigeria would not only be beneficial to protecting designers and the industry at large, but also could provide direct economic benefits which would help protect the prosperity of Nigeria's fashion designers. 



5.     What inspired you to start your blog?  
Right before I got into the university, I read about fashion law and I told myself this is what I would love to do, but I made no move towards that...At a conference, I met a role model who was a lawyer and I spoke to her about fashion law... The first thing she asked me was “you have passion for fashion law, what are you doing about it?” She inspired me to start up my blog. She motivated me to make a move and I took the step. I had three great inspirations:  my passion, the fact that I understood the value of what I was going to share and the lady who told me to make a move.

6.     What advice would you give to anyone considering getting into the fashion industry as a designer?  What would you tell interested lawyers or law students?
•Make that move
•Know what you want
•Have a message
•Share that message with the world
•Take steps even though you are scared or if you have any doubt. According to Nike, ‘Just Do It’
•Write your own story
•Always believe in yourself.. Always!

7.     What do you feel the fashion law industry needs most?  What do you plan to do to help achieve those needs?
The fashion industry needs a legal and business structure that can promote the businesses in the industry. There is the need for a proper business and legal education in this industry. The industry is not lacking in talent but these creatives need knowledge on how to run their businesses and also steps to take to protect their businesses in order to get to the next level.
I have actively been a part of the fashion industry for six years, the Nigerian fashion industry has massive potentials and for these potentials to be fully maximized, the industry has to be taken a whole lot more serious. The idea of a fashion business equally has to be taken serious. Through the Africa Fashion Law platform, I hope to make a difference in the industry by providing business and legal information to start-up and running fashion brands--information which would be necessary for the development of the fashion brands.

8.     What do you consider your "fashion mark"? (something you always wear or something people always recognize about your style).
Hmmm... let me think, there is something about black. I always find myself in black, maybe because it is part of the dress code colors for lawyers/law students.
9.    What's one quote that inspires you in life?
"Success is you versus yourself"... best quote ever!


Thanks Annie for hanging with us! Can't wait for the panel.
Register now!


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Green

Retailers Zoom In On Sustainability--

With carbon footprints and "going green" gaining more attention, fashion retailers are putting sustainability at the top of their strategy plans.  Fashion has long been an industry serving excess, but as tides in the environment change, so too does the garment market.


Greater emphasis is being put on strengthening the circular economy, these days.  Brands large and small are shifting away from a make-sell-make model, taking conservation into account.  While fast fashion still has its place, "slow fashion" is making moves to increase consciousness of how negative impacts on the environment really hurt everyday life.


Many consumers are responding, too, looking for Fair Trade brands to support (here are 35!), and taking notes from the World Fair Trade Organization on what they should be seeking when they shop.    People not only want to know the earth is being well-served, but that employees are being treated right as well.  Shoppers are buying at all levels and reconsidering treatment of low-cost items as disposable.

In response to consumer energy, big brands like Eileen Fisher, H&M, and Levis are stepping up.  Eileen Fisher offers a discount on items when previously purchased garments are brought back to their stores.  They even reuse the garments to make new ones, giving them new life.  Levis is doing the same through their "I:Collect" program, and are even including shoes.  Fabrics are repurposed into yarn for denim, and they've taken the lead on using less water in the finishing of their denims.  H&M has a goal of using only recycled or sustainably-sourced materials by 2030.  Major stakers are doing what they must.

Surely this is just the start of extending the life of textiles. They deserve a longer lifespan, don't they?!


Here's more on how fast fashion is killing your pockets.  This True Cost Documentary shares some alarming truths, too.  


Monday, January 14, 2019

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Promotes

Relax She's Natural!

Shining light on the work of women excelling in their craft is something we love to do here at B.A.F.F.L.E.D.  Don't forget about this powerful crowdfunding campaign for one of favorite business owners.  

Dee Browley, of Chicago's Relax She's Natural Hair Salon is continuing to do MAJOR things!  After being highlighted in Essence Magazine as a top hair care salon in the nation, Dee is still working, still rising.
In the Spring of 2019, she will be heading to the exclusive, renowned Mahogany Natural Hair Academy, to continue sharpening her skills, and set her own path to educate ablaze.

Check out more about Dee's story and be sure to donate to the cause if your heart moves you.  We sure will!

Best of Blessings Dee! 

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Hello My name is Deanna (Dee) Browley, it’s been four years since I’ve embarked on my pursuit of happiness, RelaxShesNatural! 

One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned so far has been, "don't just celebrate the major victories but the entire journey". I understand that now, being the sixth child of seven children to a single mother, would be just as important for me as it was to sit in a classroom and learn from a teacher. 

RelaxShesNatural is the physical representation of purpose meeting passion! I’m a 36 year old wife and mother of three beautiful children, in which I’m sure you know this hasn’t been a easy, but I am up for the challenge. My husband and I own RelaxShesNatural LLC (you can find on IG RelaxShesNatural_llc or check out the website

We currently have a hair salon in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. The vision is to equip women with the knowledge, tools and confidence to properly take care of their at-home health/haircare needs. In order for this to manifest, the need for continuing education is mandatory.  

Today I’m asking for your help in helping me “Make It For Us”! The knowledge I obtain from this experience, will be beneficial to my clients and future students, as well as the overall growth of RelaxShesNatural. 

Image result for mahogany natural hair academy
I've recently been accepted to attend the Mahogany Natural Hair Academy Celebrity Natural Styles Bootcamp, in Los Angeles March of 2019, with Dr Kari Williams (Physician with a focus of Hair Loss, creator of the Goddess Loc, Celebrity Natural HairCare Specialist) and Nadra Smiley the visionary behind the first Natural Hair School in Illinois, Amazon Natural Hair Academy. 

Due to the fact we are a small business and funds are limited, tied into our everyday expenses, the goal is to raise 10,000 by January 18, 2019 for Bootcamp and the Business to cover overhead while attending. Your investment can be sent directly to PayPal.Me/RelaxShesNatural, I’ve decided to be the change I want to see! Help me “MAKE IT FOR US”! 

Any further questions, contact me via email deannawilliams954@gmail.com,
Thank you, Deanna (Dee) Browley

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*Check out her feature in Voyage Chicago, too!



Thursday, January 3, 2019

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Promotes

Relax She's Natural!

As we jump head first into 2019, we want to remind you about this cool crowdfunding campaign for one of our faves.  Dee Browley, of Chicago's Relax She's Natural Hair Salon is continuing to do MAJOR things!  After being highlighted in Essence Magazine as a top hair care salon in the nation, Dee is on the move and gracing us with her many talents.
In the Spring, she will be heading to the exclusive, renowned Mahogany Natural Hair Academy, to continue sharpening her skills, and set her own path to educate ablaze.

Check out more about Dee's story and be sure to donate to the cause if your heart moves you.  We sure will!

Best of Blessings Dee! 

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Hello My name is Deanna (Dee) Browley, it’s been four years since I’ve embarked on my pursuit of happiness, RelaxShesNatural! 

One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned so far has been, "don't just celebrate the major victories but the entire journey". I understand that now, being the sixth child of seven children to a single mother, would be just as important for me as it was to sit in a classroom and learn from a teacher. 

RelaxShesNatural is the physical representation of purpose meeting passion! I’m a 36 year old wife and mother of three beautiful children, in which I’m sure you know this hasn’t been a easy, but I am up for the challenge. My husband and I own RelaxShesNatural LLC (you can find on IG RelaxShesNatural_llc or check out the website

We currently have a hair salon in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. The vision is to equip women with the knowledge, tools and confidence to properly take care of their at-home health/haircare needs. In order for this to manifest, the need for continuing education is mandatory.  

Today I’m asking for your help in helping me “Make It For Us”! The knowledge I obtain from this experience, will be beneficial to my clients and future students, as well as the overall growth of RelaxShesNatural. 

Image result for mahogany natural hair academy
I've recently been accepted to attend the Mahogany Natural Hair Academy Celebrity Natural Styles Bootcamp, in Los Angeles March of 2019, with Dr Kari Williams (Physician with a focus of Hair Loss, creator of the Goddess Loc, Celebrity Natural HairCare Specialist) and Nadra Smiley the visionary behind the first Natural Hair School in Illinois, Amazon Natural Hair Academy. 

Due to the fact we are a small business and funds are limited, tied into our everyday expenses, the goal is to raise 10,000 by January 18, 2019 for Bootcamp and the Business to cover overhead while attending. Your investment can be sent directly to PayPal.Me/RelaxShesNatural, I’ve decided to be the change I want to see! Help me “MAKE IT FOR US”! 

Any further questions, contact me via email deannawilliams954@gmail.com,
Thank you, Deanna (Dee) Browley

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*Check out her feature in Voyage Chicago, too!



Sunday, December 23, 2018

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Promotes

Relax She's Natural!

We are always excited to highlight the work of women, small businesses, and creatives.  Here, we get to honor and note all 3!  Dee Browley, of Chicago's Relax She's Natural Hair Salon is continuing to do MAJOR things!  After being highlighted in Essence Magazine as a top hair care salon in the nation, Dee is keeping the bomb dizzle-ness going (this is a technical term lol).
In the Spring of 2019, she will be heading to the exclusive, renowned Mahogany Natural Hair Academy, to continue sharpening her skills, and set her own path to educate ablaze.

Check out more about Dee's story and be sure to donate to the cause if your heart moves you.  We sure will!

Best of Blessings Dee! 

------

Hello My name is Deanna (Dee) Browley, it’s been four years since I’ve embarked on my pursuit of happiness, RelaxShesNatural! 

One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned so far has been, "don't just celebrate the major victories but the entire journey". I understand that now, being the sixth child of seven children to a single mother, would be just as important for me as it was to sit in a classroom and learn from a teacher. 

RelaxShesNatural is the physical representation of purpose meeting passion! I’m a 36 year old wife and mother of three beautiful children, in which I’m sure you know this hasn’t been a easy, but I am up for the challenge. My husband and I own RelaxShesNatural LLC (you can find on IG RelaxShesNatural_llc or check out the website

We currently have a hair salon in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. The vision is to equip women with the knowledge, tools and confidence to properly take care of their at-home health/haircare needs. In order for this to manifest, the need for continuing education is mandatory.  

Today I’m asking for your help in helping me “Make It For Us”! The knowledge I obtain from this experience, will be beneficial to my clients and future students, as well as the overall growth of RelaxShesNatural. 

Image result for mahogany natural hair academy
I've recently been accepted to attend the Mahogany Natural Hair Academy Celebrity Natural Styles Bootcamp, in Los Angeles March of 2019, with Dr Kari Williams (Physician with a focus of Hair Loss, creator of the Goddess Loc, Celebrity Natural HairCare Specialist) and Nadra Smiley the visionary behind the first Natural Hair School in Illinois, Amazon Natural Hair Academy. 

Due to the fact we are a small business and funds are limited, tied into our everyday expenses, the goal is to raise 10,000 by January 18, 2019 for Bootcamp and the Business to cover overhead while attending. Your investment can be sent directly to PayPal.Me/RelaxShesNatural, I’ve decided to be the change I want to see! Help me “MAKE IT FOR US”! 

Any further questions, contact me via email deannawilliams954@gmail.com,
Thank you, Deanna (Dee) Browley

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*Check out her feature in Voyage Chicago, too!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Supports

I Love Art: Gala!  ILA Creative Studio


It is such an honor to be on the Host Committee for the I Love Art: Gala

ILA Creative Studio will become an innovative co-working space for creatives on the South Side of Chicago next year, and this event kicks off an exquisite introduction to the plans founder Rachel Gadson has for this unique space. 



Click this link to learn more and join us as we celebrate each other, the arts, and most importantly the intentionality of creating spaces for us. #iloveartgala #ilacreativestudio


Check out ILA on social...
Twitter: @heyheyila



Tuesday, November 20, 2018

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Events

I Love Art: Gala!  ILA Creative Studio


Art is one of our faves, and we're excited to be on the Host Committee for the I Love Art: Gala

ILA Creative Studio will become an innovative co-working space for creatives on the South Side of Chicago next year, and this event kicks off an exquisite introduction to the plans founder Rachel Gadson has for this unique space. 

Click this link to learn more and join us as we celebrate each other, the arts, and most importantly the intentionality of creating spaces for us. #iloveartgala #ilacreativestudio






Follow ILA on social...
Twitter: @heyheyila



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