Style Diary: Lagos, Nigeria
Going home to Lagos, Nigeria for the holidays was easily one of the highlights of 2016 for me. I had not been back for a year (which is a really long time for me) so it felt really good being with friends and family, celebrating the season and of course eating all the Nigerian delicacies.
During my stay, I was determined to explore my personal style and the Nigerian fashion scene by wearing outfits from various upcoming Nigerian designer brands. Some of them, I found on Instagram while a select few were recommendations from friends.
Last year, I wrote a post here complaining about receiving mediocre service from some “premium” Nigerian designers and I’m happy to say I didn’t have to deal with this problem with the brands mentioned below. I also love that I didn’t have to make any alterations as the clothes were made and delivered exactly as discussed leaving no room for complaints. Most of the items promoted in this post were bought with my money, as I strongly believe in supporting upcoming talent and in the #BuyNigerian movement.
I’ve included details of the different designers as well as price and contact details should you be interested in any of the pieces. Also, I’ll love to know which is your favourite outfit so please leave a comment below!
1. House Of Wannie
House of Wannie is a Nigerian brand based in Canada. Yewande reached out to me in Toronto and gifted me with this off-shoulder blouse. This was the first item I pulled out of my suitcase on arrival in Lagos and I’m glad other people loved it as much as I did.
I’ve watched her grow tremendously over the past few months and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for 2017.
iWearAsika is a Nigerian fashion brand run by two sisters, Chinemerem Ilobi and Onyinyechi Ilobi . Founded in early 2016, iWearAsika provides ready-to-wear and bespoke clothing for women. They take pride in proper finishing and customer satisfaction, which I can attest to. Their studio is located at Suite 42, Okanga Plaza, Wuye, FCT Abuja and they also deliver worldwide!
Contact: Instagram, +2348124212685,
3. Whitney Black
WB is a Lagos based brand owned by a friend, Uche. This two piece is easily one of my favourite outfits because it’s so different from what I’d normally wear. From the colour & design of the fabric to the overall fit, everything was pure perfection. I’m particularly happy about WB because it’s a very new brand in the market but I’m certain that with consistency and exceptional customer service, the sky is only just a limit.
Contact: Instagram, +2348184888452
Established in 2014, Timabee is a luxury leather goods brand born out of the need to define luxury beyond the average. I have 2 timabee purses but I’m now obsessed with this personalized piece. It was a staple during my trip and it gave me great joy to tell everyone that showed interest, that it is a Nigerian brand. Compared to the other brands listed in this mini-directory, the average price of a Timabee piece ranges from anywhere above N70,000. Coupled with the amazing customer service from the owner Fatima, there is no saying how high this brand will soar. I’m here for it all the way!
Contact: Instagram, info@
Price: N160,000 or $335
5. Yoot by Henri Uduku
If I had my way, I’ll live in an oversized t-shirt and heels everyday. Henri Uduku is a contemporary urban wear brand that has changed through several incarnations that include the Yoot diffusion label and a menswear stint. The label is now committed to providing unisex staple wear, filling the niche for stylish, well made urban clothing for savvy young Nigerians.
Contact: Instagram, info.henriuduku@
Vino is a Nigerian clothing brand that focuses on custom made, affordable luxury clothing for women, gentlemen, and children. The brand was born out of the desire to meet clothing needs of people who find it hard to get clothes that fit their personalities and bodies perfectly. The primary focus of ‘Vino’ as a brand is customer satisfaction and comfort, and as such, all clothes are custom made to suit the requirements of the client. The brand however plans to eventually open stores were ready-made clothing will be retailed, so look out for that.
Visu is a ready-to-wear and bespoke brand seeking to be the representation of the confident woman and agents of change through classy and trendy pieces. I especially liked this two-piece short set among the pieces sent to me because it was right up my style alley. Comfortable, feminine and minimal. I paired it with my favourite pair of nude Call-It-Spring sandals, customised Timabee purse and Dapmod sunglasses for a day out with friends.
It was so amazing wearing pieces from upcoming Nigerian brands. Knowing that the fashion and style industry is growing to accommodate new talent is inspiring to me both as a customer and an influencer. I hope to see more of these brands in 2017 and as many more that are willing to take the bull by its horn.
If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment down below!
Till next time,
(Photography: Shot with iPhone by my family members..lol)