South African Delegation to Berlin
I.P. and Trademark workshop at Sourcebook H.Q.
Last month we were very excited to host a group of fashion and textiles professionals from South Africa to the Sourcebook office as part of their week-long field trip to Berlin. The delegation organised by En-novate met with industry leaders, innovators and change agents to scope out the textile and clothing ecosystem in Berlin, learn how to enter the European market and form new international partnerships.
At Sourcebook HQ, the delegation participated in an IP and trademark workshop led by lawyer Vittorio de Vecchi of Thomas Rechtsanwälte and Sourcebook CEO Marte Hentschel, covering topics such as European market regulations and data protection.
When the free market policies of the World Trade Organisation opened South Africa’s economy to imported goods and competition from Asia in the 1990s, the country’s long established garment industry took a big hit, resulting in mass factory closures and loss of jobs. However, opening up the dialogue with the delegation, we were thrilled to learn that this is changing as demand grows for high quality, ethically- and locally-produced goods. We are therefore pleased to introduce the members of the delegation – with three spotlighted profiles – below:
Fred Footwear – Rolland Eboru
Rolland is the Managing Executive of Fred Footwear, a shoe manufacturer and apparel retailer in Port Elizabeth, and is currently a board director at the South African Footwear and Leather Export Council. Fred Footwear was established in 2001 by Mr Fred Eboru, a UK-Trained fashion designer, who has focused on shoe design and fashion for over 30 years. All footwear is designed and manufactured by hand on the premises, allowing clients to have greater control over the finished product while simultaneously empowering the employees by transferral of knowledge and manufacturing skills, contributing to the welfare of the community and increasing the company’s sustainability.
Nonkululeko Africa – Afrokulcha
Theo Baloyi – Bathu
Rina Chunga – Ri.Ch Creative Factory
John-Paul Heyns – Turning Point Manufacturers
Dave Hutchison – Sexy Socks
Jeanneke Malan – Mia Mélange
Josh Meltz – Granadilla
Jitesh Mistry – Carmi Hatters
Lerone Prior – TP Fashions
Candida Smith – Candy’s Unlimited Collection
Tamzin van Staden – The T-shirt Bed Co.
We would like to say a big thank you to Vittorio de Vecchi for running the workshop and the delegation for attending – we look forward to many fruitful collaborations!
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