It’s no secret that the average Nigerian woman enjoys looking good, including wearing fashionable outfits. Our preferences may differ, but we all want classy and timeless pieces that will make us stand out. Fortunately, the Nigerian fashion industry is brimming with talented designers, many of whom are women. Lisa Folawiyo, Lanre Da Silva, Deola Sagoe and Folake Folarin Coker, among others, have established themselves as forces in the Nigerian fashion industry and Africa, paving the way for many budding female fashion designers.
Quite a number of people would recognize the names of the women mentioned above and their fashion brands. However, there are so many other women-owned fashion houses out there that are creating and turning out amazing ready-to-wear options. A random search on social media will show you so many RTW clothing stores owned by Nigerian women. As part of our women’s month celebration, we asked people to nominate trusted female-owned RTW clothing stores in Nigeria that they believe deserve more recognition. From all the nominations received, we picked the top 5 to be featured in this blog post.
In no particular order, here are five RTW fashion brands you should know about:
Jayke Closet is a female clothing brand that makes urban and African RTW and custom-made clothes for all sizes and new mums. The brand was established in April 2014. They have pick-up locations in Lagos and Warri, and their Instagram page is @Jayke_closet.
Kaye is an ethnically chic, tastefully Nigerian brand, empowering and celebrating today’s humans through its heritage-inspired handcrafted fabrics and leveraging western designs. They specialize in tasteful African “workish wear,” sustainably crafted for modern women. Their designs are made with adire prints, and each print is one of a kind. They offer worldwide shipping, and their Instagram page is @kayeculture.
EKby17thlane is a womenswear fashion brand founded in February 2020. The brand provides women of various sizes (from 6–22) with comfortable, stylish, and functional pieces guaranteed to turn heads in every room. They also offer bespoke and custom pieces on request, and all fabrics used are locally sourced and handmade with love. Find them on Instagram @eKby17thlane.
The Kaykay brand offers quality, comfortable, and confident outfits that conform to the dynamics of fashion, ranging from custom designs to ready-to-wear outfits and couture. The brand targets all audiences with a niche that meets the fashion demands of every woman. Their Instagram handle is @kaykaybrand.
The BW is a fashion brand that provides unique and affordable ready-to-wear and bespoke apparel for ladies. Find them on Instagram @thebw_brand.
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