To strengthen and unite the fashion and garment sector in Uganda, FCU is rolling out initiatives that will support stakeholders at all levels of the value chain.
Our initial programmes will benefit design students and young designers. As we and our community grow, we will support emerging design businesses with sourcing, production, presentation, sales and marketing – available through our consulting services or through our online open source platforms.
The FCU online directory will be the first of its kind in the country, giving artisans, designers, textile production facilities and other stakeholders in the sector greater visibility and making them accessible to each other and to clients.
Through our partnership with the Commonwealth Fashion Council, we will forge relationships with the international fashion community and make Ugandan fashion and textiles part of the global conversation.
FCU is registered as a non–profit organisation with headquarters in Kampala.
The most important impact FCU can have is the creation of jobs, most especially for women.
Our sector is characterised by struggling businesses and semi-professional small scale production. When young stakeholders are given the tools they need to scale their small operations and grow sustainable businesses, they create sustainable jobs.
A skilled workforce is necessary to attract foreign investment into the country. FCU's services will supplement the current systems of learning for designers, so that a larger number of candidates who graduate from learning institutions are better skilled to engage in the sector professionally.
FCU is confident that a rise in production and consumption of local fashion and textiles will inspire a sense of national pride.
The creative sector has the potential to contribute to the development of industry in Uganda. Our mission is to provide the support that students, designers, start-ups and established businesses need to grow, design and produce garments.
Help FCU set up the country’s first fashion and textiles directory. Send us valid information for training institutions, emerging design talents, established brands, suppliers, manufacturers, photographers, retail spaces etc. and we'll upload them to our directory, which will be online soon on our website.
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FCU is dedicating 2020/21 to design education. We are currently fundraising to open our first hub-space that will be equipped with tools for fashion design students and aspiring designers to hone their skills and collaborate. Contact us to find out more about our planned initiatives and how you can join the movement and become a partner.
Kampala’s most creative designers present their collections at KFW. Founded in 2014, KFW has revolutionised the fashion scene in Uganda. Seminars, fashion shows, night markets and collaborations with Uganda Seed Project all add substance to the three-day event.
Plexus supports the strengthening of an entirely Ugandan supply chain through its global operations at Western Ugandan Cotton Company and North Bukedi Cotton Company.
'We want to encourage industries across the Commonwealth to come together to create products, responsible networks, and to support ethical and sustainable production and to protect regional crafts.
The ‘push’ is aimed at spreading the wealth across the Commonwealth Fashion Industries (CFI’s) and by doing so promoting trade, development, education, youth and gender empowerment – which reflects our principle objective.'