The Togo Field Trip

LOMÉ, TOGO MARCH 9-16 & MARCH 21-28 2023

Join us for a full-week trip of fashion upcycling, design and exploration of the Togolese nature & culture. Hosted by Amah Ayivi, Founder of Marché Noir,  Afro-Parisian brand that transforms African textile waste into high-end vintage.


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Amah Ayivi, the host of The Togo Field Trip, a sustainable fashion tour by Siliconbali and Marché Noir Lomé-Paris.
The New York Times: Amah Ayivi & Marche Noir
BBC: Amah Ayivi & Marche Noirmage
Vogue: : Amah Ayivi & Marche Noir
GQ: Amah Ayivi & Marche Noir
Africa is Now: : Amah Ayivi & Marche Noir
CNN: : Amah Ayivi & Marche Noir

Travel. Fashion. Sustainability.

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Every year, more than $50 million worth of textile waste and leftover garments land in the Togolese port of Lomé, imported mostly from Europe, China, and the United States. It’s one of the consequences of fast-fashion. While most people see them as waste, Amah sees them as opportunity. In this trip, Amah will safely guide us all through the most treasured markets and bustling streets in Lomé to locate the best spots to look for these items.

There is no better place than Lomé, home to one of the world’s biggest hub for imported used clothings, where 9 out of 10 residents buy them up 5 times a year. Having done this for more than 10 years, there is no better person than Amah himself to lead us through the scene. Together, we'll dig deep and handpick the most notable and reusable items to upcycle. You'll quickly learn the craft of thrift-shopping and how to choose the best materials. Be picky, as you’ll turn them into your own designs in the next stage.

After collecting hundreds of items, we’ll bring them over to the studio and categorize them based on quality and intended final product. Some are more worthy than others, some are impossible to refurbish, and Amah will help us sort out the hidden gems.

We’ll start off simply by watching Amah doing his magic. After, he’ll lead a workshop on design, styling, creative direction & branding. Then, it’s your turn! Consult with Amah to help finalize your designs before we take them to the tailors. By the end of the trip, you’ll try them on in a fitting session and you’ll get to bring them all home.

About Togo

From Lakes and beaches in the south, to West Africa’s largest waterfalls and forests in the north, we’ve designed an itinerary to cover them all.

But we’ll take you further to the Hyperlocal Togo, to deep-dive into the country’s fashion scene, immerse in one of the world’s largest secondhand market, and give back to the community. Get ready to to witness the melting pot of culture, vibrant eateries and animated nightlife the second you land in Lomé.

 

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The Onomo Hotel

We've carefully chosen to partner with Onomo for its comfort, safety and location. A favourite of our global community of artists, chefs and entrepreneurs.

Where you'll stay

01 Luxury

02 Proximity

03 Safety

01 Luxury

The best rated hotel in the entire country, ran by our friends at Onomo, Africa's leading hospitality brand. You'll get access to the year-round pool, breakfast buffet, gym and rooms decorated by furnitures showcasing regional artists.

02 Proximity

Located right in the middle of Lomé, right in front of the beach. A few steps away from all kinds of seaside activities, and only a few mins drive to the city center, our fashion studios and the the secondhand markets where we'll spend most of our days at.

03 Safety

Known for its safety, the premise is  situated in area in the city. In addition, our group will be accompanied by two bodyguards from the moment we leave the hotel, up until we return. 

It's an intense week

AND OF COURSE, LOTS OF FUN

From the street markets and studios of Lomé, to the natural wonders of Togo. You'll start off with fashion workshops, and come home dancing to Afrobeats.

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LUXURY STAY

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TOGOLESE CULTURE

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MARKET VISIT

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STYLING

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LOCAL GASTRONOMY

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TAILORING

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LOMÉ CITY

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KPALIME TRIP

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LOCAL NIGHTLIFE

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UPCYCLING

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MORNING RUN

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SUNRISE YOGA

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BATIK WORKSHOP

BEACH DAYS

LOMÉ BEACH DAYS

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STREETWEAR DESIGN

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FREE TIME

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OVERNIGHT IN KPALIME

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FILMING & PHOTOSHOOT

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BOATING

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ANÉHO DAY TRIP

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Fresh from the Press

GQ MAGAZINE

"Paying homage both to the high sartorial standards of Paris and to the creativity of West Africa, bringing the cultures together to elevate each other."

THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Amah Ayivi has spun secondhand garments into a stylish business."

BBC

"Unloved cast-offs sent to Togo's markets by charity shops in Europe are given a second life."

VOGUE

"What could possibly be more interesting than Parisian style? Parisian style mixed with African style. That alchemical blend—with its push-pull between high and low, refinement and exuberance—defines the appeal of Marché Noir."

CNN

"Sevo Widodo's startup [Siliconbali] was intended to connect travelers with work opportunities, but once the coronavirus pandemic began, he pivoted his company's focus."

AFRICA IS NOW MAGAZINE

"The man who turns rubbish into treasure."

Hosted by Marche Noir Lome-Paris

Everything you need to know about Amah Ayivi and his disrupting fashion brand

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What's included?

All activities mentioned in the itinerary is are included. Materials, entry tickets, day trips. Unless otherwise noted.

You'll stay at the best rated hotel in the entire country, Onomo Hotel, with breakfast included. The type of room depends on the package you choose: a private room for the single occupancy, and a shared room for the double occupancy.

The hotel during our overnight trip at Kpalimé is also included with breakfast.

Buffet breakfast is included for each morning of the day. 

All meals mentioned in the itinerary are also included. In total, you’ll get 6 lunches and 4 dinners. Each meal covers one main course, one dessert and one drink.

For the nightlife, you’ll receive two drinks at the bar and two drinks at the nightclub.

Airport dropoff and pick is included if you arrive on the first day/depart on the last day of the trip

We will have two full-time photographer and videographer who will be documenting the entire trip. Anytime you want a picture taken, feel free to request it. BY the end of the trip, we will share all the content with you.

All the final products of our fashion workshops, are yours to keep. In total, you’ll get to bring home your own designed vintage clothing, streetwear, and traditional batik. 

Plus, you’ll receive an artist-designed T-Shirt commemorating this special trip.

What's not included

You are required to have a travel insurance that covers the entire duration of the trip.

The flight in and out of Lomé. We suggest you to arrive on the first day, and depart on the last day of the trip in order for us to arrange the complimentary airport transfers.

We’ve specifically designed enough free time in the trip to give you flexibility to do anything and go anywhere you want. Of course, you can ask any of our team for any help in making any arrangement, tips and suggestions.

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Every year, Amah and his crew fly from Paris to Africa to upcycle these junks. Now for the first time ever, he opens his doors to the world. For a limited chance.

The Togo Field Trip: Week 1

Togo $3,922.38/pp 7 nights

The Togo Field Trip: Week 1

MARCH 9-16

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The Togo Field Trip: Week 2

Togo $3,922.38/pp 7 nights

The Togo Field Trip: Week 2

MARCH 21-28

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