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Ethical designer to make royal visit

An ethical fashion designer who fled a war-torn Sierra Leone 20 years ago is going to showcase her work at Buckingham Palace.

Euphemia-Ann Sydney-Davies will meet the Duchess of Cambridge as part of the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange initiative during London Fashion Week. Now living in London, Euphemia-Ann told the Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) news team that designers should ‘strive to be ethical and sustainable’

She added: “We’re the ones producing the clothes. We should control where they come from and how they’re made.”

And the designer is passionate about supporting Sierra Leone. She runs a project employing people in the country to make her clothes, on fair pay and with good working conditions.

“There is no system in (Sierra Leone) to guarantee workers’ rights or monitor supply chains – so ensuring working conditions were adequate was very important for me,” she told TRF.

Euphemia-Ann will share her experiences and designs with the Duchess of Cambridge at the Palace on Monday 19 February.

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