Wednesday, February 07, 2007


Nigerian designers are not all about ankara and elaborate dresses.
Some designers have decided to explore the world of casual wear or lounge wear or sports wear as some people call it.
Whatever you call it, one thing is clear - these tees, hoodies, jersey dresses and cashmere tops are anything but boring. They all have that added kick and spice that is quintessentially Nigerian.
Check out my fav Nigerian casual wear designers - TEEz ME, TEEz ME, TEEz!

SCINQ by Zemaye and Kemdi
Scinq is very influenced by Nigeria and Africa despite being based in Washington DC.
Art and top-notch fabrics merge and SCINQ tees are born! You can see more HERE

AZARIA by Buki de la Zaria
Conceived in the UK and now based in Lagos, Nigeria. Buki de la Zaria's Azaria is known for their accessories and their 'Lagos' tees. Their tees try to capture the essence of Lagos with bright colours and bold lettering.

SOUL BOUTIQUE by Aghogho Sowho
Based in MD/DC, this designer is known for ger colourful yet socially-conscious tees.
Definitely worth checking out - HERE

NS 1463
I've been hold that NS1463 is all about changing attitudes...if that is their goal then they have already achieved it.
From cheeky to inspiring, I luv NS1463 tees and hoodies!
Check out their website and blog.

DOBALE by the Elders
Go ahead 'Dobale' for the elders....this label is all about edge and rock 'n' roll.
I luv their spin on the famous Benin artifact. Check out their blog - HERE

I luv the name of this brand, dont u? They are based in Lagos and make simple funky tees.

AIMAS by Tayo Shonekan
This has got to be my favourite of the lot.
Simple yet packed with flair! Tayo Shonekan's Aimas is absolutely fabulous...
Check out their website HERE

Do we have a Nigerian version of 'A Bathing Ape'? Maybe not yet but if Kanayo Adibe's label should stay on the path of creativity, u never know how far the label might go. I'm lovin it.

By a collective of young artistic people, I'm really lovin' their tees. Just another reminder of how talented 'we' are! Thanks Ineka!
Their website HERE

MR. KING by Saze Osayande
Based in Manchester UK, this label is one of my favs.
I like their unique colour combinations and crazy slogans like 'Tear Tear Patch Patch Omo Baba Shoe Maker' LMAO. Luv it!

STONE CROWN by Tayo Abidoye and partners
Stone Crown is the most commercially successful of the designers featured.
Using luxe fabrics such as cashmere, Stone Crown is loungewear at its best. They have been featured in Italian Vogue and rocked by various celebrities such as Sean Penn.
I luv it! Check them out HERE

Thanks to True Love and Yemi Akerele for the Two Green Girls and Azaria pics
Also check out: teesontheweb

Luv it, hate it or do u even already rock it?
I luv them all but if I had to pick my favs, it'd be Aimas, Soul Boutique, NS1463, Two Green Girls and Soul Crown...did I just mention all of them?!
Please let us know what u think!


Anonymous said...

good job.....yeye

Anonymous said...

the chap in the white tee in d dobale pix looks quite unhappy, wonder why? the tee is nice!!!...yeye bush

suburbannaijamom said...

you should check out
and u left out modivah from md/dc but now based in lagos.

great job on highlighting naijas talents

Dammie said...

Folake Kuye is awesome!!

Ohhhh, I love these cascual Tees!!...Kewlio B.

Ineka said...

Actually here's a better link. You can also browse thier site since there's more to it than the online store.
Sorry didn't mean to spam. :)

Anonymous said...

argh, i see myself in one of the but yea i just llove me some naija tees

threeeighteen said...

hmm another great post Bella. thx chica.

these tees are all great and oh sooo creative, loves it!! one criticism though, and am sorry to say but they all look alike, I really could not tell which designs belong to which designers, esp soulboutique and ns 143; 2greengirls and azaria; its going to get real competitive soon and one of these young talents is going to have to differentiate and break away from the pack. I wonder who the survivor will be.

i'll definately be watching!

Favoured Girl said...

Great post, I didn't even know some of these designers existed Their designs are really cool, and I can see myself rocking one of their tops to a friend's get-together. Keep up the good work!

Mona said...

very nice outfits some not all that but some amazing...i love that coat of arms 1960 sweat top or wat do u call it, hoodie?


Nilla said...

Love them all.

Good job as usual!

Abimbola's Notes said...

hey gal...nice one with the a student in manchester,uk....can u give me any info on MR KING....(contact number,email..anything..)i anticipate ur reply...thanks

Confessions of a moody crab said...

I love tees and the ones featured here are not bad at all. Please I need infos, addresses and how much it costs asap for the ones based in Nigeria esp AIMAS since I'm going to naija this fri, I would like to check them out.

nosa101 said...

Wow I know Saze's sister (Mr. King)

zaiprincesa said...

ooooh...fakt is tew bunz (Folake Kuye), and Soul Boutique is off tha chain. very rockable stuff!...Big ups to Aghogho!!!

PINKICE said...

I love Soul Boutique and Azaria...

Infact they are all lovely. Good job guys! Good job!

Uzo said...

These are so great. I have wondering where to get fun edgy tees to boost my casual wardrobe?

tatafo! said...

i have tees from One3Snapshot and NS1463 chea!!! LoL
One3Snapshot is by far my fave sha.
another great line is from Chinedu he's based in Toronto
Unfortunately he doesn't have them available for sale online.

Anonymous said...

i have never seen legs as skinny as this in my life :lol

miss dezhareeeeeeee said...

hot, hot, hot!!!

Aimas - I love, i want, I will steal!

I really want a NS1463 hoodie tho'...

TaureanMinx said...

Really creative people, I love it when ppl have something they want to do and actually follow through. Then there are the haters that just sit and criticise... There is actually a company called Sojo with really cool tees, i'll take some shots to show you guys

Kpakpando said...

That Aimas tank in white looks interesting, as cute as I think these t-shirts are, I cannot rock them, the baby tees squoosh my boobies (which aren't even big) which gives me this "I'm trying to hard to be sexy" look that is quite unflattering.
Every naija gathering I've been too lately has at least one person rocking that NS1963 though.

Dammie said...

Yoooo, I just wanted to let you know. Vals day is near...and on behalf of your fans....I want a gift.

Thank you very much

XxGod bless youxX

Mari said...

some fab tee designs in here some just okay. Nice one bella!

ABENI said...

Fabulous tees, Simple yet chic, I'm impressed.

Stephanie said...

Nice Article. I love tshirts. Just wanted to quickly correct a mistake. Its TeesOnTheWeb (one Word) and not Tees On The Web

Jaycee said...

I love Aghogho's tees....I kinda contacted her like two weeks ago, so I believe I shd be getting mine soon...yayyy!

Anonymous said...

BULLSHIT...I checked out the is she?a coconut?
i didnt see one face that i could identify with on her web.
na so so white person or chinese or mixed looking.
represent your own people.
for the fact that she lives in beverley hills or wherever,they dont have black models??
wat the hell is that about??
shioo..person wey don lost.

chidi said...

luv this piece!! luv ur blog also!

teekay said...

Hello Bella, mad post oh. I lurve Stone Crown, man Tayo is really repping oh..I wish him so much luck

Naija Vixen said...

great post Bella,i know one of the gurls modelling,and Aimas is my homegurls namesake...luving the 1960's hoodie...they r all doing fantastic jobs!guud one!

tatafo! said...

the last Anon have you ever considered that Folake Kuye may want to reach a larger market base than just Nigerians?

Anonymous said...

@ abimbola if you are on facebook. just google saze's name and send her message. she's really nice

hegi...your sista is doing big tings oh lol

bibi said...

some of the tees, r just ok in my opinion..nothing spectacular...only a few were very nice..but good work sha..i love seeing young ppl making moves

tayo abidoye said...

Hey thanks for the post. Appreciate the publicity. The online Store is now up. Check it out!

Anonymous said...

So live out in LA and I've actually seen alot of people rocking stonecrown. Didn know the guy was naija. Nice... :D

imoted said...

I love Aghogho's shirts.. Very unique. U going places girll.....

Dewunmi said...

Nice compilation of designers.
I recognize some of those desingers...
Check out alomajeans at
More youthful nigerians doing their thang!

oh, & Keep up YOUR good work... said...

Wow! Thanks for the mention Bella Naija! TwoGreenGirls are such big fans of you so this made our day!
Big Ups to the other designers on this page and beyond (Especially our good friends from Cinq!). It's incredible what Giddi-ans do when we put our hearts to it.
Keep keepsin' it fresh, luv!