Being a fashion entrepreneur wasn’t so much embraced by educated folks some 20 years back in Nigeria, but presented many literate have found pleasure starting and building their own fashion brands.
MMF Trend presents to you 5 top successful fashion entrepreneur whose designs are making great waves in Nigeria. With no particular ranking they are as follows :
Deola Sagoe is an outstanding fashion expert who has attracted and won the loyalty of fans globally with her distinctive approach crafts. She broke into lime light by designing her mum’s label, which was called “Odua” for 10 years. Her brand, ‘House of Deola Sagoe’, which designs fabulous dresses for women, also creates menswear, jeans and polo for men.
Sagoe frequently exhibits her couture collection at Cape Town Fashion Week and has been an invited guest of New York Fashion Week in the past. Sagoe has won the “Africa Designs” and the MNET/ Anglo Gold African designs 2000 awards for which she was nominated by Andre Leon Tally, US Vogue editor.
Toyin Lawani is another well respected Nigerian Fashion Entrepreneur. Toyin is tge CEO and Creative Director of Tiannah’s Place Empire .
The Fashion stylist cum designer is an experienced as taken her TiannahStyling outfit to another level as she has styled several Nigerian celebrities. These inckude but not limited to; Don Jazzy, Dr Sid, Wande Coal, D’Prince, Davido, Terry G, Mercy Johnson, Eldee, Emma Nyra, Juliet Ibrahim, TY Bello, Toni Tones, Waje, Stephanie Okereke Linus, G-Lory, Sean Tizzle, May D, Funke Akindele, Lami Philips, Samklef, Tee Blaq, Dammy Krane, Wizkid, Banky W, Niyola, Tiwa Savage,, Oreka Goddis, Toke Makinwa, Layole Oyatogun, Susan Peters, Jimmie of Beat FM among many others.
The celebrity designer has crafted outfits for Hollywood celebrities including Singer Kelly Roland from Destiny’s Child, Bria Myles, Jennifer Richarson, and Natalie Nunn.
Toyin is on top of her game and still waxing strong!
Adenike Ogunlesi is the founder of Ruff ‘n’ Tumble which was established in 1996, due to her urgent need of pyjamas for her kids.
Though she was already making clothes for women, she decided to make the clothes with assistance from her mother, a dressmaker. She initially used local materials including ankara and adire.
The production of the pyjamas started and services were later expanded to other Nigerian families with kids. The clothing production (for children from the ages of 0 to 16), gradually advanced from her house (selling from the boot of her car) to a location in Victoria Island, Lagos.
Ruff ‘n’ Tumble operates a ware house, factory, distribution and has more than 50 employees. It has also extended branches to Surulere and Ikeja in Lagos, as well as, other Nigerian cities, including Ibadan, Kano and Port Harcourt. The Company has about 15 branch locations across the country. Ruff ‘n’ Tumble also owns the brands “Trendsetters” and “NaijaBoysz” (a clothing range for young boys aged 8–16). Ruff ‘n’ Tumble partnered with Nigerian Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and Industrial Training Fund (ITF) to help reduce unemployment in the country.
This amazing Nigerian lawyer cum fashion designer, Lisa Folawiyo is another Nigerian fashion entrepreneur celebrated for her colourful collections that fuse traditional West African fabrics with modern tailoring and beaded embellishments.
Since starting her label “Jewel by Lisa” in 2005, Folawiyo has led the movement of Nigerian designers achieving international recognition for their work. She has a knack for elevating traditional African prints above the status quo, making them relevant for a global audience. She has showrooms in both Nigeria and New York and her collections are stocked in the UK, the US, South Africa and Nigeria. In 2012, Folawiyo won the African Fashion Awards, nominated alongside Maki Oh and Kofi Ansah, two more prolific designers from the Nigerian fashion scene. Championed by Vogue Italia. Folawiyo has also partnered with L’Oreal and done a trunk show on Moda Operandi. Her line is currently stocked in Self ridges.
She is has really pulled global recognition.
Folake Folarin-Coker’s fashion brand, “Tiffany Amber” was launched in Lagos in 1998 and has become an iconic label in the Nigerian fashion industry. The Brand has four stand alone stores and boutiques in Lagos and Abuja. She has staged several fashion shows in Africa, Europe and the United States. In 2008, she made history as the first African-based fashion designer to stage a show twice at the New York Fashion Week. She was the first recipient of the “Designer of the Year” award at the African fashion week in Johannesburg in 2009 and was also awarded “Fashion Brand of the Year” at the ARISE Magazine Fashion week in 2011. In 2013, she received an Enterprise Award at the 2013 Women, Inspiration and Enterprise (WIE) Symposium and made the Forbes Power women list. She unveiled her ‘Nirvana’ spring/summer collections at DOII Designs launch.