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.
Allana has worked with companies such as Oxygen Media, African Fashion International, CNN, PEPFAR, and Goodbye Malaria – a malaria elimination initiative launched by Nando’s founder Robert Brozin.
Her recent focus has been on strategy and partnerships for contemporary African fashion brand Kisua.com, serving as 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 as the Sub-Saharan African Merchandise director for Oxosi.com.
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