I am starting a clothing line called Safari Signatures.
I am Nigerian - from West Africa - and I am all too familiar with the process many Africans need to go through in order to update their wardrobes.
It typically involves waiting till we travel abroad or till a friend or family member travels to The United States, UK, etc.
Lists are made for those trips - once or twice a year, for the average middle class Nigerian or Kenyan, etc. It's been this way for years, going into decades, and while there's more travel, drawing up lists and waiting months to update and express your personal style makes for an extremely imbalanced market equilibrium. Almost creating a desperate image.
I am partnering up with my sister who has recently graduated fashion school here in Miami since we are both passionate about personal style and see a huge business opportunity in being able to be the Forever 21/Zara of Africa.
ie., we will be providing the trendiness and affordability of Forever 21, with Zara's quality.
With our passion, experience, and capabilities, we are ready and willing, daily, to take up this challenge and embrace this journey.
It is to be an online store, available across Africa, with manufacturing done in Mexico, and in-house designers recruited from different parts of the world.
We are currently in talks with some of the individuals we will be working with.
In addition to taking advantage of this gap by providing our products and services as a solution, we are extremely passionate about dedicating ourselves to the development of the African youth and the African continent.
The model we have chosen to adopt is the network marketing model via which dedicated youth across the continent can become Safari Signatures Business Owners, freeing themselves financially, and in the process growing and empowering themselves as individuals/leaders - such as well intended and properly executed network marketing models tend to foster.
Our vision is to have a new wave of prosperity running through the continent and to build new structures of innovation and intellectual, creative collaboration.
Safari Signatures' objective is to see Africa flourish while creating a new life for ourselves and others!.
We are looking to raise enough money to execute and launch our business by 2018.
We started the crowdfunding journey March 2016. However, after a year, we have come to find that we have been dealing with a conman. Little work has been done, and we never launched a campaign. We have been extremely patient with him, maybe even unwisely so.
All the same, this is good news, as we now have the opportunity to execute properly and thoroughly.
However, we have clearly lost a load of time and money.
We have decided this time to work by commission alone. That is to be our agreement with who we end up aligning with for this project. It's our great desire that an individual who resonates with our vision on a very deep level finds this call and contacts us.
Please do take care in considering the value proposition of this business idea.
We had a business plan drawn up in the past. However, we are looking to work with a more experienced group in creating an updated and fully functional plan.
What I have come to understand about this project, is that in the right hands, Safari Signatures will reach and surpass its goals.
I appreciate your time, thank you! We hope to bring this to reality as soon as possible, as the economic conditions back home are dire - leaving millions of individuals desperate, and the environment growing in insecurity and instability.
Please disregard the budget set for this project, it is only a forecast based on our fundraising goal, and the commission therein.