Anyango Mpinga

is an eco-innovator who has embraced the principles of circular fashion to explore radical systems in textile design with the conscious consumer in mind. She founded the eponymous Contemporary Sustainable brand in 2015, now renowned for its reimagined white shirts; bold prints; balanced between androgyny and a bohemian aesthetic that is also size inclusive. She designs with an ethereal quality that is reminiscent of the romantic Victorian age while maintaining a sophisticated boyish edge. As a forward-thinking designer, Anyango is exploring the use of emerging technologies to create biodegradable textiles.

Having created a social enterprise, her initiative Free As A Human tackles the humanitarian and environmental crisis of the explorative labor practices in the fashion industry. Free As A Human raises awareness around Human Trafficking and the forced labour that occurs within the supply chain in the fashion industry. The initiative supports the work of Awareness Against Human Trafficking (HAART Kenya), the first non-governmental organisation dedicated to combating trafficking in East Africa. Profits are donated to the HAART Kenya shelter for young female survivors of trafficking.

Accolades

  • Finalist ITS ILLY@WORK- Trieste (2020)
  • Finalist Green Carpet Fashion Awards- Milan (2019)
  • Designer of the Year- Nairobi (2018)
  • International Design Award, UN ITC Geneva- (2016)