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Excel International Fashion Week, New York makes an inaugural splash in Manhattan

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Excel International Fashion Week New York (EIFWNY) is a series of luxurious and charitable events that will be held in Manhattan, New York during the kickoff of New York Fashion Week from August 31st, 2018 to September 3rd, 2018.

According to Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York, “New York’s incredible artistic landscape incorporates the customs of people from across the globe, and our thriving and diverse fashion sector is a great source of pride for the five boroughs”, states the Mayor. Featuring fashions and designers from across Africa, Excel International Fashion Week will celebrate this vital industry and Africa’s rich and diverse heritage.

With runway shows, exhibition booths, opportunities for networking, and educational seminars, this exciting event promotes cross-cultural exchange, while also raising critical funding for KDE Disability Africa Foundation and providing participants with the chance to support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. “I am proud to applaud this event’s organizers and supporters for uniting New Yorkers of all backgrounds in the shared appreciation of talented designers who are shaping the future of fashion and for working to improve quality of life for people around the world.

The EIFWNY event producers are KDE Disability Africa Foundation (501C3 non-profit organization) and Excel Global Media Group (an accredited media enterprise of global repute). Kimma Wreh (President, KDE disability Africa foundation) and Mr. Boniface Ihiasota (CEO of Excel Global Media Group) launched Excel International Fashion Week New York as a platform to project African fashion, culture, and tourism in New York, the world’s fashion leader.

Proceeds will go towards KDE Disability Africa Foundation, (501C3 non-profit organization founded to improve the lives of people with disabilities in Africa and the US), the Tuan Wreh Fashion Institute (non-profit fashion training program in Liberia), and Culturally Yours Int’l (501C3 non-profit organization benefitting youth and children in Kenya).

Excel International Fashion Week New York will include:
• Meet The Press & Networking Mixer –  Aug. 31, 2018, at Casa La Femme, 140 Charles St, New York, NY 10014
• Excel International Fashion & Award Show – Sept. 1, 2018, at Manhattan Ballroom,   319 Fifth Avenue, 4th Floor, New York
• Hollywood Movie Industry Seminar – Sept. 2, 2018, at 344 W 38th St, New York, NY
• New York Pop Up Shop – Sept. 3, 2018, at 401 Broadway, New York NY

The goals of Excel International Fashion Week in New York are:
• Serve as a platform to stimulate apparel trade via exhibition booths and runway shows
• Celebrate cultures via fashions from around the world and Africa’s rich cultural heritage
• Connect local and international apparel professionals to New York buyers and press
• Support UN goals of poverty reduction, quality education, decent work & economic growth
• Award individuals for leadership, philanthropy, public service, entrepreneurship, etc.

The award nominees for EXCEL LEADERSHIP AWARD are:
• Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York,
• Hon. Rudolph E. Sherman Jr., The Consulate General of Liberia in New York
• Ambassador Benaoyagha B.M. Okoyen, The Consulate General of Nigeria in New York
• His Excellency, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, Executive Governor of Gombe State, Nigeria
• Her Excellency, Wife of The Executive Governor - Kogi State, Hajia Amina Oyiza Bello Esq Nigeria
• His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano (Akpokuedike Global), The Executive Governor of Anambra State, Nigeria
• Hon. Phillip Kramer, Mayor, Township of Franklin, New Jersey 
• Hon. Charles Onyejiaka, Councilman 3rd Ward, Township of Franklin, New Jersey
• Chief Michael Okechukwu Amuzie

The award nominees for EXCEL KDE HUMANITARIAN AWARD are:
• Mrs. Clar Marie Weah, First Lady, Republic of Liberia 
• Djene Kaba Condé, Wife of the President of Guinea - H.E. Alpha Condé, First Lady. Republic of Guinea
• His Royal Highness, HRH Dr. Apollos Chu, Egbere Emere Okori Eleme, Rivers State, Nigeria
• Dr. Mrs. Anthonia Uche Umeh, National President & Founder, Anambra State Association Women in the USA
• Chief Mrs. Bridget Akasie, Founder & Grand Patron Umuada Igbo USA
• Nze Chinasa Madumere, President, Imo State Congress of America

The award nominees for EXCEL ENTERTAINMENT - LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD are:
• Hollywood Actor David McKnight, Los Angeles CA
• Nollywood Actor Mr. Osita Iheme, Nigeria
• Nollywood Actor Mr. Chinedu Ikedieze, Nigeria


The Award Presentation ceremony will be held at Excel International Fashion & Awards Show on Saturday, September 1, 2018, in Manhattan New York during Excel International Fashion Week New York which will showcase excellence, culture, greatness, and uniqueness (focus on Africa). The event will attract attendance from select African leaders, United Nations dignitaries, public sector leaders, business executives, education leaders, non-profit organizations, top designers, international media, etc. The Guest Speaker is Hon. Rudolph E. Sherman Jr., Consul General of the Republic of Liberia in New York. 

The designers are House of Lamaica Couture (Florida), FashPhiletta Designs (Liberia), TeKay Designs (Liberia), Fall Provs (Senegal) and Moto’s Boutiques (Texas).  House of Lamaica Couture brings a taste of new and fresh fashion and style, and one of a kind pieces such as handbags and necklaces. FashPhiletta Designs specializes in blends of stylish African wear accompanied with European silhouettes; and will showcase “The Cross Over” collection of evening and semi-formal wear exuding Elegance and Exquisiteness.  Fall Prov is a Senegalese Fashion Designer and a fashion label that blends African esthetics with European designs.

Kimma Wreh
Kimma Wreh, Executive Producer of Excel International Fashion Week New York is an award-winning Fashion Designer, and founder of TeKay Designs (an international fashion label founded in 1998) with manufacturing in Houston and West Africa.  “After concluding my global tour of showcasing African fashions, I wanted a platform to promote ethnic apparel and help market fashions from around world.  Recently popular cinema has focused on cultures and has execrated cultural pride in wearing ethnic fashions.  Our ‘show-n-sell’ platform is created to help designers of ethnic fashions capture this market trend.” explains Kimma Wreh.

According to Mr. Boniface Ihiasota (CEO, Excel Global Media Group, and Publisher of Excel Magazine International), “We are including a Models of Diversity segment in the Excel International Fashion & Award Show in loving memory of Deborah Grayson Carpenter who was a founding board member of KDE Disability Africa Foundation. This was her dream to be on the runway in New York Fashion Week. We welcome models from all walks of life including models with disabilities to showcase on the runway.
Mr. Boniface Ihiasota


For more information on Excel International Fashion Week New York 2018, please visit our official website: https://excelinternationalfashionweek.com.
Purchase Tickets or Register at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/o/excel-international-fashion-week-new-york-17067606748 

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ABOUT KDE DISABILITY AFRICA FOUNDATION
KDE Disability Africa Foundation is a USA 501C3 non-profit organization, founded in 2015, to improve the lives of people with disabilities in Africa and the US by providing assistive and mobility devices, basic needs, vocational skills and fashion training, and disability inclusion. Website: www.kdedisabilityafrica.org. Our headquarters is in Houston Texas and we have outreach in Liberia and Nigeria via food and clothing donations, training programs and disability inclusion initiatives.

ABOUT EXCEL GLOBAL MEDIA GROUP INC
Excel Global Media Group is a media enterprise that provides branding and communications for organizations and individuals via magazine advertising and features, video & television production, printing, website design, public relations, social media, event production, and marketing. The Excel Global Media Group brands include Excel Magazine International, Excel Travel & Style Magazine, Excel TV, etc. Website: https://ExcelGlobalMediaGroup.com

For more information on this press release, contact:

Kimma Wreh
Executive Producer – Excel International Fashion Week New York
President, KDE Disability Africa Foundation
Phone: 1-832-483-4864
Website: www.kdedisabilityafrica.org
Email: kdedisability@gmail.com

Mr. Boniface Ihiasota
Executive Producer – Excel International Fashion Week New York
CEO, Excel Global Media Group
Phone: 443-824-6219
Email: support@excelglobalmediagroup.com
https://ExcelGlobalMediaGroup.com



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