|L-R, Nonso Orizu(Kinabuti Modeling Agency), Tonye Cole (Sahara Group)|
Fashion, entertainment, and business icons converged in Lagos on Saturday, 3rd December at the GREY GOOSE KINABUTI GARDEN PARTY, to mark the first anniversary of KINABUTI - the ethical fashion label that has been garnering frenzied media attention recently for its fashion social responsibility efforts in the ghettoes of Nigeria – discovering talented young models, designers, and tailors from the ghettoes of the Niger Delta, and giving them the opportunity to live a better and glamorous life through life-coaching, skills acquisition and development initiatives - and afterwards, exposing their skills to an international audience with the help of “Kinabuti’s Godfather”. Led by Caterina Bortolussi, an Italian designer, Kinabuti collaborated with Grey Goose a year ago, to pioneer this initiative which kicked off with the launch of KINABUTI’s first collection. And since then, Kinabuti has discovered and trained many young Nigerian girls, including four super models who now work with established international designers.
|Ben Bruce (Silverbird Group), Alex Kothoor (GDN Nigeria Limited)|
Tonye Cole (co-founder, Sahara Group; brainchild of The Nehemiah Project) who was one of the special guests at the party, praised Grey Goose for supporting KINABUTI’s drive,
saying “when you undertake a social project like this, which is reaching out to touch lives – what you need is to be supported by a global brand like Grey Goose – a brand that can take you out there and show the world that they care, a brand that is not just about making sales, but a brand that passionately cares about the kind of social project that KINABUTI is doing – mixing high fashion with laudable CSR”
The garden party also paraded personalities like Eku Edewor (model, and presenter of MNET’s 53 Extra) Ego Boyo (iconic actress), Ben Bruce (Founder, Silverbird Group), Alex Kothoor (MD of GDN Nigeria Ltd); General Pype (reggae musician); James Amuta (author, Enigma: Beyond the Poet/ filmmaker) and many others who came out to felicitate with Kinabuti on itsgraceful first anniversary.