The Nigerian fashion industry is a fiercely competitive one. Designers are springing up at every corner with beautiful designers and gorgeous pieces. Fashion shows are constantly exposing the Nigerian audience to a ton of new brands that are determined to break into the fashion world.
In a bid to share our opinion on the Nigerian fashion brands that every stylish woman should know, regardless of age or status, brands that offer top notch exquisite pieces, we have put together a list of FAB’s 11 Nigerian Brands That All Stylish Women Should Know.
Getting to clothe the First Lady of the United States of America is a big deal. It is an achievement for a young women’s wear label like Maki Oh. Amaka Osakwe has within the past three years showcased at almost all the big fashion shows in and outside the continent, putting herself up as that next big thing. For someone who once stated during an interview that she wanted to be a lawyer, then an architect, then a dancer for Femi Kuti at the new African shrine,and also wanted to be a synchronized swimmer, Amaka Osakwe has done amazingly well in the fashion industry.
In 1998, Tiffany Amber launched its eponymous collection to rave reviews. A brand that has been around for such a long time and still continues to maintain a stand at the top list of fashion brands in Nigeria is worth recognizing. Owned by Folake Folarin-Coker, the Tiffany Amber brand is renowned for creating some of African fashion’s most iconic silhouettes the most famous being the Lily Wrap dress, which is probably the most worn dress by an African designer today.
Jewel By Lisa
Jewel by Lisa is a multi-faceted global womenswear and accessories brand owned by Lisa Folawiyo. The Jewel By Lisa brand creates feminine silhouettes with nods to traditional African aesthetics. It is impossible not to be interested with the creativity and custom luxury prints that are the Jewel By Lisa symbols of quality. Collection after collection, the brand has continued to climb its global ladder of awareness.
Lanre DaSilva Ajayi
Lanre DaSilva Ajayi’s self named brand is that brand you can rely on for sophisticated, stylish and mature pieces. Wearing an LDA piece immediately transforms you into a fashion conscious woman with a great sense of style. Founded in 2005, the brand has become famous for its gorgeous couture dresses with vintage nostalgia.
Duro Olowu is one of the few Nigerian designers who have successfully been able to put Nigerian fashion on the world’s map. making his in the London fashion scene in 2004, Duro Olowu has been able to establish a strong niche for himself in the Nigerian fashion sphere and the world over. His genius works have earned well deserving awards such as the designer of the year British fashion awards. His works have also attracted prominent clients like Michele Obama, Linda Evangelista and Uma Thurman to his label. with well defined cuts and brilliant use of prints and colours, he is able to present irresistible collections that make the fashion mind to marvel.
Deola Sagoe is one the pioneers of contemporary Nigerian fashion, she made a name for herself by designing her mum’s label Odua for ten years. And launched her eponymous brand in 2008, which is now a household name in Nigeria. She was one of the first designers to make Nigerian fashion modern, she started off with couture and has since branched into menswear , jeans and polo. She is known for her glamorous couture pieces, the name Deola Sagoe is synonymous to fashion in Nigeria.
Tiwa Savage seems to be a recent muse for the Bridget Awosika brand as she has been seen in pieces by Bridget Awosika severally. The truth is nobody does design and elegance like Bridget Awosika. She combines cutting edge designs with flattering silhouettes to create pieces that ooze sophistication. The Bridget Awosika woman is successful, confident and in charge of her body. You simply cannot but love Bridget Awosika’s creativity.
Ejiro Amos Tafiri
The Ejiro Amos Tafiri fashion brand should not be missing from this list. The brand has continued to gather a large followership and fashion forward fan base with their creative designs using entirely unique fabrics. Like the dress Toke Makinwa wore recently that was made from Aso-Oke, this is a difficult fabric to work with but the brand was able to make it beautiful. The designer extraordinaire has had her internship at high up fashion houses like Tiffany Amber,Out of Africa and Zizi Ethnic, all of which have given her the right boost and expertise to be able to launch her label and she has not failed at bringing out what can be considered together with the best of clothing.
Iconic Invanity was founded in 2009 by creative director Nancy Nwadire. Iconic Invanity is known for its intricately beaded pieces which are hand sewn. What makes this brand interesting is how it transforms Ankara prints into pieces that scream African decadence. Iconic Invanity pieces are a fusion of luxurious fabrics and structured designs that ooze sophistication. This brand is for the glam luxe girl that loves to splurge.
We love the Re Bahia fashion brand. It is young, hip and stylish. Re Bahia is a young fashion brand founded by Orire Omatshola in 2009. Re Bahia oozes too cool for school, the signature wink in every collection since its inception cannot be mistaken for another brand’s. It’s very fashion forward and fresh and one will definitely stand out in a Re Bahia piece. Orire’s discreet way of making sensual pieces that are not overtly sexual is why women will still be wearing Re Bahia in years to come.
Clan is owned by Tiwa, Teni and Aba, three sisters whose love for fashion has enabled them to succeed in this industry. The three daughter of Deola Sagoe, another top fashion designer, have been able to put their own label by the name of CLAN. The unique styles, creativity and affordability of their brands allows a broad range of appeal. A look at works from the brand and it is clear that the label is for the fresh, young and confident fashionistas.by