Countries in the Global North dump millions of tonnes of used clothing in Africa every year, in a process known as waste colonialism. This has a deeply damaging effect on the local environment and textile industry, and on the identities of locals pressured to wear clothing discarded by a distant other.

Bobby Kolade, founder and creative director of Kampala-based clothing brand BUZIGAHILL, redesigns these second-hand clothes and redistributes them to the Global North, where they were originally discarded before being sent to Uganda. The designer is actively asking questions about the country’s textile past and the impact that fast fashion and the second-hand clothing supply chain has on the local environment.

During this informal get-together Bobby Kolade will delve deeper into these topics, followed by a Q&A.

‘An Evening with Bobby Kolade’ will take place on Thursday evening 20 June at the New Institute, Rotterdam.