Fashion is a popular practice, every individual has a sense of style which best describes their personality. Fashion is a never-ending craze. Society has built a world around fashion and so the industry is unsurprisingly booming for many workers in the realm. In Nigeria, the love for fashion originated as a lifestyle choice as its people are member of a variety of cultures. Rich in fabrics, such as asooke, ankara and unique materials that birth breath-taking pieces, fashion designers are usually very well patronized.
Known more for their work than the money in their bank accounts, here are the richest fashion designers in Nigeria.
1. Yinka Arolambo (Moofa)
Formerly called Yinka Fashola, Mrs Arolambo is a talented and dedicated fashion designer. The recent mother of triplets has always been a fashion enthusiast but only took it up as business in 2008 when she launched House of MOOFA, which later became MOOFA (her initials put together). The pretty lady is both creative and unique with her styles. Using fabrics, her environment and people as inspiration, MOOFA designs are created to be timeless pieces. Haven featured in some of the biggest fashion shows home and abroad, this pretty woman is said to be one of the top earners in the fashion industry.
2. Folake Folarin Coker (Tiffany Amber)
Folake Folarin Coker is the creative director of Tiffany Amber. Her fashion brand was launched in 1998. Ever since then she has been an unstoppable force in the industry. In 2008, she made history as the first African-based fashion designer to stage a show twice at the New York fashion week. With a couple of “firsts” under her belt, including, designer of the year award in 2009 at the African fashion week. The Petroleum law graduate made the Forbes Power women list. It is safe to say this woman is worth hundreds of millions.
3. Deola Sagoe
Deola Sagoe has always had a different angle in creating her styles. Notorious internationally for her lively and colourful designs this top Nigerian fashion design is an expert in her field. She began designing in 1989 and hasn’t stopped turning heads ever since. Recently appointed to represent Nigeria in an international campaign organized by United Nations, she is contending with the likes Rachel Roy, London-based designer Ozwald Boateng all in a bid to raise money, through the campaign, to half the number of hungry people in the world. Empathetic and rich this mother of three girl made our list.
4. Lanre Da-silva Ajayi
Lanre Da Silva Ajayi has a strong passion for fashion which she mentioned is her Major driving force, pushing her to work harder everytime. The designer who started out a career in the banking industry made a switch when she kept getting positive feedback from her designs, which then, was majorly done for friends and family. She was asked to design a dress for Vlisco, an internation dutch wax brand and nailed it by creating two amazing designs that featured in the campaign. Rich, flawless and talented, we know she must have a fat bank account.
5. Olakunbi Oyelese (April by Kunbi)
Designer with a purpose, Olakunbi Oyelese attended the renowned New York Fashion Institute of Technology. Launching April 2010, she decided to call her fashion line, April by Kunbi. Her label specialises in custom made and ready to wear attires. She is aimed to be the one stop source and a lifestyle brand for everything from wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, evening and cocktail dresses to casual/active wear, sleepwear, footwear, accessories and lingerie. Recently married to Lanre Tomori, this designer is as rich as her creative designs.
6. Zizi Cardow
Zizi cardow launched her label in 2000, just after her first year of breaking into the Nigerian fashion scene, she won the prestigious designer of the year award at the premier event, Nigerian fashion show (NFS) in 2001. Being the recipient of such prestigious award opened the doors of the African market, where her designs were hugely received. In 2002, her fashion house staged a fashion show tagged ‘’jungle Renaissance’’ which got rave reviews from both local and international critics in fashion industry. Loaded and ambitious, Zizi Cardow is a well known name around the country.
7. Lisa Folawiyo ( Jewels by Lisa)
The beauty and brain behind the former Jewels by Lisa, Lisa Folawiyo is a all-round global women’s wear and accessories collection designer. She redesigned the art of wearing ankara prints through the use of ornate embellishment, transforming the fabric, creating a worldwide accepted design, that turned the label into a coveted luxury brand. She is beautiful and reigning in cash.