Karen Walker collaborates with local Kenyan artisans for UN initiative.
Noted New Zealand eyewear designer Karen Walker recently teamed up with the United Nations’ International Trade Centre’s Ethical Fashion Initiative, collaborating with local artisans in Kenya to make unique screenprinted and beaded pouches for her Summer 2014 collection.
The campaign, photographed by Derek Henderson, also features some of the individuals who made these pouches including machinists, cutters, tailors, production managers, metal workers and members of the Maasai group who created the beading work, modelling the collection. The workshop took place in Waithaka, a small village 20 minutes from Nairobi.
When I first saw this campaign and the design of the sunglasses, the first thing that came to mind was Cyrus Kabiru and his incredible c-stunners. Would’ve been fantastic had he and Walker collaborated on a range of exclusive eyewear.
The sunglasses range will be available in February.
All Africa, All the time.
Growing trade volumes have attracted multi-billion Shilling investments in Kenya’s transport and logistics industry in the past three years, opening a turf war between local and international firms seeking a share of the growing business.
Investors have spent more than Sh8 billion since 2008 to buy out local courier firms, set up cargo handling facilities and airline freight routes targeted at the Kenyan market, which also serves as a gateway to the region.
Kenya Airways, SAUDI Airlines Cargo Company, Aramex, Transglobal Cargo Centre, Swissport Cargo Services and DHL are among the big players in the logistics business planning or have rolled out new investments in the sector over the past one year.
In February, Dubai-based logistics firm Aramex acquired two Kenyan courier firms — In-Time Couriers and One World Courier — at an estimated cost of Sh2.3 billion, according to Cairo-Based investment bank Alembic HC. One World Courier offers international courier services while In-Time focuses on local deliveries.
Aramex is betting on the two firms to grow its foothold in the local and regional logistics market.
“These two acquisitions in Kenya position Aramex to introduce its full suite of products and services to the wider East Africa region,” said Mr Hussein Hachem, Aramex CEO for Middle East and Africa in a statement.
Transglobal Cargo Centre, partly owned by Andy Forwarders, recently completed a Sh1.9 billion cargo storage and handling facility at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
The facility, which handles 80 per cent of the 300,000 tonnes of cargo warehoused at JKIA per year, mainly targets fresh produce exporters, including flower, fruit and vegetable growers who sell the bulk of their products to European markets.
Swissport Cargo Services also completed a Sh1 billion warehouse at JKIA last year with a capacity of up to 150,000 tonnes per year.
After a long absence, Saudi Airlines Cargo Company made a return to JKIA last December targeting cargo business from the Far and Middle East to Nairobi where it will pick up flower exports.
National carrier Kenya Airways has also announced plans to acquire its first cargo plane with a 19-tonnes per trip capacity in September, targeting cargo volumes from Asian markets.
“There has been growth in cargo to and from the Asian routes and new commodities like meat headed for the Middle East,” Sauda Rajab, the general manager at the airline told Cargo News.
Global logistics firm DHL has announced plans to start a road cargo transport service linking Kenya and Southern African countries, targeting delivery of durable goods like electronics, medicine and textiles.
Aramex said the acquisitions were motivated by the size of Kenya’s economy and its regional transport hub status.
The growing cargo volumes coming into or leaving Kenya through the airports and sea ports is providing a huge opportunity for players in the freight, storage, distribution and clearing and forwarding market. Mr Freddie Karura, the chief operations manager at Transglobal Cargo Centre said Kenya’s status as a regional investment and transport hub is also a major pull factor for the new investments.
Here’s a piece from one of the many portfolio shoots I have done. This was inspired by the World Cup held in South Africa. I called it “Back to Africa”….:) When it was done I also felt that it would be a great Ad campaign for Kenya Airways…something different and powerful!
What ails African carriers, making air transport expensive on the continent? - Comment - www.theeastafrican.co.ke
Protectionism is driven by fear that local national carrier won’t be able to compete with the African big players.
This makes the African aviation industry a monopoly. Protectionism is counter productive and only leads to higher costs of travel. Opening up the skies to both African nd international airlines will increase competition, and make companies work more efficiently, making them reduce their overhead costs. This in turn is reflected on the price of a ticket.
An increase in intra African trade will have great effect on the economies with almost all industries benefiting. Opening up the market for countries to sell their products and services to almost a billion people is rather promising.
when I see my work pals get up to go to a meeting I wasn’t invited to
If you think that buying counterfeit goods is simply a way to get brand name goods at a cheaper price, think again. From exploited labour being used to produce counterfeits to its links to funding other organized criminal activities – this $250 billion a year crime affects us all.
Please share this new video from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) which invites you to take a “Look Behind” at the dire repercussions of counterfeiting.
Good question asked by the author - ” Is there a real link between growth and development?”
Ten years ago, when I started my career as an assistant district attorney in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, I viewed the American criminal justice system as a vital institution that protected society from dangerous people. I once prosecuted a man for brutally attacking his wife with a flashlight, and another for sexually assaulting a waitress at a nightclub. I believed in the system for good reason.
But in between the important cases, I found myself spending most of my time prosecuting people of color for things we white kids did with impunity growing up in the suburbs. As our office handed down arrest records and probation terms for riding dirt bikes in the street, cutting through a neighbor’s yard, hosting loud parties, fighting, or smoking weed – shenanigans that had rarely earned my own classmates anything more than raised eyebrows and scoldings – I often wondered if there was a side of the justice system that we never saw in the suburbs. Last year, I got myself arrested in New York City and found out.
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This is very interesting. Many people live life not knowing about their surroundings. .
Meanwhile, In Turkey
“In Istanbul protesters chanted ‘everywhere is bribery, everywhere is corruption,’ reports the BBC. ”It was an echo of the Taksim Square mass protest this summer, when opposition activists chanted ‘everywhere is Taksim, everywhere is resistance.’”
Meantime, the sons of two cabinet ministers have been charged in an urban development corruption probe.
Corruption is a global menace.