ABOUT THE TEAM
Allana Finley hails from Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Before moving to Johannesburg in 2001 from Los Angeles/New York, she worked in fashion for such brands as Eileen Fisher, Tiffany & Co and Gucci America. While living in Los Angeles, she served as Head of Wardrobe in Oxygen Media’s inaugural year of operation, and dressed the likes of Candice Bergen, and Tasha Smith during that time. Over the past 16 years, her focus has been on telling the story of the African continent in innovative ways through fashion and design. She specializes in developing and producing breakthrough, innovative tools for communication and building brand awareness.
In recent years, Allana has worked with companies such as African Fashion International, CNN, PEPFAR, and Stoned Cherrie. She is a founding board member of the first ever South African Menswear Week, non-executive board member of the Cape Town Fashion Council, board member of Museum of African Design and serves as the Sub-Saharan Africa Merchandise Director for Oxosi.com and the Business Development Manager for KISUA.com.
She is currently a founding member of the African Leadership University School of Business.
Nicole Pitter Patterson is a senior international development adviser with 20+ years expertise working with both the public and private sector, specializing in small business enterprises, community based entrepreneurship and social enterprise development providing successful project design & management of a combined portfolio of USD20M throughout her career, with development agencies including USAID and the UN on projects in the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.
Her expertise in the creative industries includes 10 years working across the interior design and fashion industries, specializing in the use of indigenous materials in Asia and Africa, mentoring emerging African design brands, curating designer collections, fostering their business development through local, regional and international industry platforms. Her work has achieved partnerships between leading design institutes such as Parsons New York and industry partners in Africa and Asia, as well as brokering of design collaborations between designers and industry buyers opening new sales markets through e-commerce buyers, trade fairs and industry events in the US, Italy, Germany, Holland, Ghana, Nigeria, Madagascar, Ethiopia and S. Africa.
She holds a B.A in Economics at the University of the West Indies Jamaica; an M.A in Regional Economic Development at Northeastern University, USA with training in Residential Interior Design at The Art Institute USA.