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Andre the DesignerBy Andre the Designer
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Andre the DesignerBy Andre the Designer
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backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, May 10 2017 11:51 PM UTC +00:00

About

Our story begins in Africa, a continent that holds infinite beauty and adventure. It is also a continent breeding a generation of inspired individuals who are breaking conservative moulds. Our founder's African genesis led him back to a part of this continent, where he was re-invigorated by those he encountered. He found their entrepreneurial edge extraordinary. He was also in need of a suit. And so he designed the first pair of MIA trousers; taking cognisance of contemporary trends, and incorporating the high-waisted fit of a bygone era. They also provided a solution to the trade-off between waist fit and leg room that many men experience. The perfect fit for any man. The creation of the initial pair of trousers was entrusted to a local tailor of a South African brand. A brand that epitomised the quintessential debonair of the modern day. The perfect fit for us. ​ 

After experiencing the pure luxury and comfort of the trousers created, our founder initiated our first collaboration with this trusted tailor. With the first batch of trousers, he crossed continents to return to London. His adventure was over, but his lifelong connection with Africa was re-solidified. To pay respect to our founding roots, MIA continues to collaborate with a number of highly skilled African tailors. 

The goal is to show the world that Africa can compete on the formal front, and more. We're currently collaborating with South African and Zambian tailors and are now ready to scale up. 

Africa, it's time. 

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Risks and challenges

For our Zambian collaboration, MIA visited Zambia for their cover shoot. There are a number of practicalities associated with doing business in Africa. In this current age with instant communication and the many forms of online messaging it makes communication a lot easier. Not more than 10 years ago such technology wasn’t quite as widespread throughout much of the continent. However, there are some differences when building partnerships in Africa and understanding the difference in culture is important. Patience is a big thing. It is important to acknowledge the differences in lifestyles and working styles, whilst acknowledging that MIA's partners are entrepreneurs in their own right with their own brands and businesses. One must acknowledge that these individuals are not in front of a computer all day or always switched on which is the norm in the west. It’s all about bridging the gap and finding that middle ground which is something that we bear in mind in all communications and attests to why building a rapport is so important.

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