On Saturday, the ESSENCE Fashion House closed out day two of Essence Festival with a panel entitled, “Look Good, Do Good, And Feel Good,” which was moderated by attorney and political commentator, Angela Rye.

Actress, political activist and one half of lifestyle brand Studio One Eighty Nine, Rosario Dawson joined business partner and former communication executive, Abrima Erwiah to discuss their lifestyle label, colonialism and affecting change in the fashion industry.

Cameron Johnson

Worn by Iman in her recent July/August ESSENCE cover shoot, Dawson and Erwiah’s fashion brand produces African-inspired content and clothing. Their manufacturing facility prides itself on empowerment through job creation, educational support and strategic collaborations.

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The pair stressed the importance of appreciating the resources that come from Africa and working with creators on the continent to ensure greater control over our supply chain.

Dawson and Erwiah encouraged the audience to make a conscious effort to support clothing made in Africa and invest our time and financial resources into initiatives that will benefit us all.


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