Friday, December 01, 2006


My girl Dammie is guestblogging today!
I luv Dammie cause she rocks in so many ways! I swear she inspires me....
Anyway, ENJOY!

Here are 10 Nigerian designers you should know about……..hardly hear of, and are making major waves in fashion, worldwide.

Hey B, Thanks for such a wonderful opportunity, a bit scary as it will be hard filling your shoes for a day, HELLO??!!!!

Anyhoo Darlings, I have decided to focus on an area I’m comfortable in. I’m Dammie Editor of HauTe – Fashion Nigeria Magazine {Nigeria’s foremost fashion magazine} and it’s focused to be the commitment profile of Nigerian designers, worldwide.

One day, someone said to me “Nigerian designers have NO IMAGINATION” I’d let you be the judge of that, as I have complied a few Nigerian designers that are doing it pretty well. YES, these are not names you hear every time in the “Nigerian fashion scene”, but they do exist and of Nigeria descent!

Aimas is a fresh fashion label with exceptional twist on tees. It is designed by Tayo Shonekan, who shuttles between England and Nigeria.
The Aimas Logo →

Chichi & Chichi E
Chichi and Chichi E is a fashion house/company with Vintique – The upscale couture line and Odi - the younger hipper version and ready to wear line from the fashion house. You may have come across Chichi E on the Tyra Banks show or spotted the duo in Philadelphia style magazine. They are based in America.
Chichi E and Chichi →

Cranberry is a spunky fun label, behind this fashion house is a trio that is synonymous with fashion – Doreen & Joan Caven {Sisters} and Oseyi Etomi. They are currently based in America.
Cranberry - Joan Caven, Doreen Caven and Oseyi Etomi →

You need a dress? Ebun Oduwole has got you. Dezhare is a women’s wear label with a focus on dresses and Jackets. Dress that exude glamour and are designed with luxury materials like Vintage Aso – Oke {Courtesy of her mother}, Raw silk and such. Dezhare is based in England
Dezhare – Ebun Oduwole →

Gloss is designed by Layo Gbadamosi, Currently residing in America doing her LSAT. She takes familiar styles/fabrics used in Nigeria to make wearable everyday western influenced designs.
Gloss →

Designed by Cousins - TemiTope Phil–Ebosie and Ademide Adefarasin, this label is very bohemian chic, casual everyday wear. Influenced by their Talents Temi is a musician and you can hear her music here →, and Ademide does Modeling. They are based in England
Hadassah - Ademide Adefarasin and Temi Phil–Ebosie →

Ifueko Igiehon is the name behind this label. IDIA features elaborate gowns and pieces true to home {Nigeria}
The Idia Logo →

Is a fabulous one of a kind works of art that reflect a worldly sense of style that is youthful, with a hint of classics, rock and glamour. The label is directed by an eight {8} year veteran in fashion, Kemmy Oguntosin who has been mentored by the Phenomenal Carolina Herrera {Featured as Main designer on January/February ’07 issue of HauTe – Fashion Nigerian Magazine}. Kemkenstudio is based in America, and shuttles between London and Nigeria {soon to be main base}
The Kemkemstudio Logo →

Currently in London Fashion College, after graduating in fashion design at the international Academy of design and Technology in Toronto. I’m in love with her latest collection {which you can check out in the current issue of HauTe – Fashion Nigeria Magazine}. The designer, Omotara Thomas really brings out the pride and joy that our African materials exude through magnificent designs.
Motara – Omotara Thomas →

Is a label focused on the client. True to its slogan “Freedom of being unique”. Tosin Dosekun is the lady behind has one on one session with their clients to create pieces true to them. Zingara is based in London.
Zingara – Tosin Dosekun →

To get more information on these designers and more, view more from their collection......You may order HauTe - Fashion Nigeria Magazine at the website or directly at --->


So what do you think?


ToyinE said...

Wow! Babes are MAD TALENTED O! These young ladies are very impressive and looks like they're doing their thing. I met Motara this summer and looked thru her portfolio and saw some of her styles live and direct and i have to say she's doing her THANG! I told her then that she has to custom design something special for me oh so im serious Tara! Anyways, i love this post, love these designers and let us know how we can get to patronize them. Good post Dammie! Bella kudos o how now?

naijagal said...

great stuff the caven sisters have a cool line

Adaure said...

Ahn proud to see Doreen and Joan on your list...not surprised though...each member of the Caven Family is just too full of mad talent that I want to change my last name to theirs...Love em Love em

WHO the heck is the chick in the red skirt..... I want her WAIST along with the skirt.... smoking Haute.

Hopefully with all this good stuff we can stop dashing our money to 'Tom Hinfinger'....

Nice one Dammie

Daddy's Girl said...

Thanks Dammie, I enjoyed reading this post and learnt some new things too.

Dimples said...

Well done Dammie…now finally people start to hear and see these up and coming talented women of our country Nigeria…

Love and Loving your FAB work girls…I have been fortunate enough to see some of these works” LIVE”…and men these peeps know their stuff…

What can I say but peeps lets encourage them by love and support YES of course,…but also investing in their dreams and future…buying the smallest item…even sef it’s an Ankara Alice band or something…that sure could go a long long way.

Motara sweetie…love you to bits…and sha know that we are ALL firmly behind u....(still waiting for you to design that dream dress for me….:)…the sky is so so your limit.

Miss Dosekun….London’s BIG madam couture…your work is fab and you are so so talented…anyways why not with “The Pastor” by your side to give you inspiration if and when needed..who wouldn’t be???...Keep it up sweetie

Ex-VF babes highly represented…Mama Fowler will be so proud of ya’ll..well done ladies.

I SALUTE YOU…"Aimas" "Chichi & Chichi E" "Cranberry" "Dezhare" "Gloss" " Hadassah" "IDIA" "Kemkemstudio" "Motara" and "Zingara"… the future of Nigerian fashion across the globe.


Anonymous said...

is it me, or the last babe inthe Zingara pictures looks a tad bit like Naomi 'Beat me up' Campbell?

Mari said...

quite impressive i may say. lots of young nigerians doing it big.

Anonymous said...

Wow... we are turning into one big fashion advertising blog.. forget about the devil wearing prada, he/she is fully clothe and dripping of BellaNaija couture

TaureanMinx said...

I seee my ssiissssterr!! So proud of her and hope they stick with it. Aren't we the artistic fam lol.

Love this write up Dammie, I'm sure your mag is hot.

Anonymous said...

Luv Kem Kem n Motara. It's hard to really see pics of other designers work even when u enlarge. What's up wit da pic of da gurl in colored stripe short dres appearing in Cranberry, Dezhare and Glos€s pics. All three don't design the exact same dress do they?

Some emerging n good designers. Good post.

Toni Payne said...

Gloss and Motara are my favs.. The motara model, gosh! can a persons waist really be that small?

zaiprincesa said...

cute, cute!...Tres' Cute!

Anonymous said... this, its always nice to hear about new talent..I'm looking out for Haute! Ive seen a Cranberry show live, and if you know these would know that joan, Oseyi and Doreen BREATHE fashion...awesome! also in love with Motara and Haddasah!! Go Nigeria!!!!

Uzo said...

Fantastic post. I knew i recognized the Etomi name ala TMinx. I also recognize Tosin of Zingara. I am soooo proud of these ladies.

Icy said...

Lovely write up mama. Kudus Dammie. I gladly flossed your mag this week. Lovely designers featured

RAWK ON.. Nice post up!

Anonymous said...

Good job Dammie. I am so glad to see nice stuff that these young girls are doing. Those Caven babes are chics for real. I love their style. They even model.I wish all these talented babes the best.

Anonymous said...

Good Job Dammie, I have to pick up a copy of HauTe now, so I can learn more about this designers. Do you have a website, not to sure if I read it in the blog, Please post it if it is not in there.

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 3.30pm, the girl in the fabulous striped short dress is by Cranberry.

Dezhare has the other two below her picture I think.

Mona said...

Love this post! Congrats to the designers and more grease to their elbows, I actually know a few of them personally...big ups! xxx

TP said...

Great write-up. It's nice to see Nigerians stepping up and taking the fashion world by storm. All the best to them. One of the girls attended my uni and I'm glad to see her featured here.

didi said...

nigerians r really doing it big.soon it wont only be NY,paris,london and milan fashion weeks.lagos ll join soon.i knew that had to be taureanminx's sister with the cavens

Hot Chick said...

Haute! Haute! Haute! NY, London, Paris, Tokyo, Mumbai and Shanghai watch out here we come. Well done Dammie so proud of you!! And oh Aima's T's - look soooooo cute!

Dammie said...

Ohhhhhhhhh, all these comments r wonderfullllll :D

@ Toyin E, can send an email to to get their contact info

Thanks, Naijagal, Adaure and daddy's girl, mari, TMinx, ANON 3.13 {LoL}, ZaiPrincessA, ANON 4.20 {LoL}, Uzo, ANON 7.16, Mona, TP and Didi *smooch*

Weeeeeeeee @ Dimples repping VF!! Kiss. Kiss. hehehe

@ Toni Payne, Almost unbelievable

@ Icy, Good looking, Thankssss

Dammie said...

Thankss, Hot chick!!

Naijadude said...

I am really happy for Motara eh! She's a mad fashionista anyways!...

@Toni Payne...yeah she's got a mad waist.. I know her, but cant believe the waist is that freaking tiny men!

Morountodun said...

Damn, Bella you try Oh! Haba how do you manage to get all this fashion/entertainment news? Well done!

tatafo! said...

i have a question for you Dammie
So designers like Motara send you the clothes and you model them? If so can I work with you and be one your models? lol
Great list. I wish some of these designers had websites where you could buy some of their stuff.

Calabar Gal said...

Pretty Designers strutting their stuff!! I agree with moruntodun - ur research of ur subjects who are always mostly Nigerian is astounding!! Well done!!

Nilla said...

Bella Naija I always pass by your blog, and I love what I see. Keep up the good work.

IFEOMA said...

really nice to see such raw talent coming from nigeria!!these girls have a great future ahead of them! heard of the caven sisters n their mad talent! also guys watch out for FUSION this xmas in lagos! where u can see more young and talented designers in a fashion show....Motara Thomas in this fashion show alongside other up and coming designers
Amaka Osakwe(this babe has so much talent!!!)
Ngozi Ofili: KLONE

Anonymous said...

WOW!!! i LOVE this blog!! i follow it religiously!!!good write up dammie! and congrats on Haute Magazine cos its HOT!!lol

BGT said...

I am very familiar with IDIA. Ifueko is mad talented. This is a hot list. Very impressed!

Anonymous said...

That's HOTT! I think u forgot Peridot and Ruby :) cheers!!!

Amebo from Abroad said...

I have some ADIA baffs in my closet - dun ka dun, dun ka ~~~ loving this. good job y'all from Dami to all the designerss! Nigerian Designers shall take the world by storm. I will know, trust me :-)

Amebo from Abroad said...

I have some IDIA baffs in my closet - dun ka dun, dun ka ~~~ loving this. good job y'all from Dami to all the designerss! Nigerian Designers shall take the world by storm. I will know, trust me :-)

Dammie said...

LoL @ tatafo.....I don't model any of the clothes, but if the designers asked me too I sure will....I thought I purchase my personal use!.and if you do email send me an email to

Thanks @ ANON 4.52, BGT, and Amebo {LoL}

@ ANON 9.12....I didn't forget about Peridot and Ruby....this was about names ppl were not really familiar with.....PERIDOT & RUBY, and doing mighty well!!....Their skirts r awesome!!

jemmabond said...

Here are my favourites:
Bianca Onoh(MBGN 1988)-Because she truly was beautiful and still is; I can't believe she hated modelling!
Binta Sukai(Miss Nigeria 1990)-Another true beauty, and she's from up north,too. Where is she now?
Regina Askia(MBGN 1989)-Lovely eyes.
Toyin Raji(MBGN 1995)-Those Miss Universe judges must have been blind!
Emma Komlousy(MBGN 1996)-I loved her accent, and she was very articulate.
Chika Chikezie-(MBGN 1998)-She really stood out.
Agbani Darego-(MBGN 2001)-Our very first Miss World,yay!
Ann Suinner-(MBGN 2001-2002)-Who said black is not beautiful?
Chinenye Ochuba-(MBGN 2002)So fresh-faced and polite.
Sylvia Edem-(Miss Nigeria 2002)-I predicted that she would win, and I was right.
Adaeze Igwe-(MBGN 2008)Not bad!

And here are the one I'm not sure of:
Omasan Buwa(MBGN 1987)-Tomboy!
Sabina Umeh(MBGN 1990)-Sorry Sabina, I really think you're a lovely person, but...
Matilda Kerry(MBGN 2000)-Sorry, but I just don't rate you, either.
Munachi Nwankwno(MBGN 2007)-I just don't get it.
Valerie Peterside(Miss Nigeria 2001)-Duh!
Amina Ekpo-(Valerie's replacement)-Looked like an oridinary girl to me!

jemmabond said...

Sorry, wrong topic!

webmaster said...

I really appreciate the kind of talent be display here, most importantly the are coming from nigeria.

webmaster said...

I really appreciate the kind of talent be display here, most importantly the are coming from nigeria.

webmaster said...

I really appreciate the kind of talent be display here, most importantly the are coming from nigeria.