Shingayi Manske
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  • Arlington, VA
  • United States
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Profession / role:
Founder and Creative Director
Company / organisation:
Sunbird Collection
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Retailer, Manufacturer
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About me / About business or organisation:
My name is Shingayi, I am the founder and creative director of Sunbird Collection, a start up online ethical and fairtrade manufacturer and retailer of fashion made in Africa.
Career history / Company history:
My family owns a small apparel manufacturing business in Zimbabwe. I grew up working at the factory, accompanying my mother to source fabric and meet with buyers. After I left Zimbabwe for the US, I worked in retail sales during Summer breaks and on Capital Hill during the historic passage of the Africa trade bill (AGOA). I have worked for the big guys on trade, but always felt like I wasn't being true to myself. Sunbird Collection is my way of finally getting back to me, to working on fair trade that build sustainable communities in the continent I call home.

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At 22:17 on September 16, 2009, mario lewis said…
Hello Shingayi, I appreciate vry much your invitation to join your network. I have been to Africa (Senegal) to paraticipate in the Dakar Biennial of contemporary art. The experience was amazing. I look forward to returning to Africa soon. About your business I would like to learn more about what you do. I am currently developing my business here in Trinidad and possibly in New York. I would like to source fabrics. Would it be possible for you to provide me with samples. I am very interested in African hand dyed and woven textiles. Let me know what is possible. My eemail contact: Kind Rgerads
At 1:25 on September 13, 2009, mario lewis said…
Hi Shingayi, I would like to be your friend. I have interest with business in Africa as well as meeting people who share very progresive ideas.

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