THE PALETTE ASSOCIATION, previously called FASHION AMALGAMATED TALENTS – GHANA, is an entity comprising of young fashion designers in Ghana working together on a single platform with a common goal to aid in the transformation of the Fashion Industry in Ghana.
The Association was created in April 2012 through the Ethical Fashion Ghana project funded by the Switzerland State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). The Ethical Fashion Ghana project aims at establishing a sustainable export market based on a sustainable supply chain for ethical fashion and lifestyle products supplied by micro entrepreneurs. The project business model is driven by a market-based approach, aiming at linking formal and informal MSME businesses with the international fashion industry value chains in a commercially viable way.
The project is implemented by the Ethical Fashion Initiative, the flagship programme of the International Trade Center (ITC), a joint agency of the United Nations and World Trade Organization. The Ethical Fashion Initiative works to build a fairer fashion industry and provides mentoring to the new generation of emerging African fashion talent. The Ethical Fashion Initiative encourages and supports the building of sustainable working relationships between designers and local artisans. This empowers poor and marginalized women and men through access to dignified work. Since its inception, the Association has been managed by elected representatives, a governing body which works to outline a plan of action to showcase the work of emerging design talents, providing a linkage to technical support and training through the project, and providing a liaison to international events for designs and artisanal skills from Ghana to be showcased with the aim of creating awareness and export demand for these goods and ultimately to create jobs in Ghana.