It’s no secret that Lagos, Nigeria, is quickly becoming a recognized fashion capital of the world. Nigerians are known for their entrepreneurial spirit and distinctive style—and as a result, the international community has been increasingly engaged with Lagos over the years. To get you started on who and what to know in Nigerian fashion, here’s a list of some established industry influencers and emerging talents to keep an eye on, as well as some style havens to visit if you get the chance.
1. Lisa Folawiyo
Lisa Folawiyo is the founder and creative director of her self-titled womenswear label. Her custom prints, innovative designs, and runway shows at fashion weeks in New York and Lagos have garnered the attention of many international publications for several years. Style stars like Solange Knowles and actresses such as Thandie Newton have worn her designs and Folawiyo’s Instagram is a must-follow to see photos of her incredible personal everyday style and behind-the-scenes looks at her creative process.
2. Kene Rapu
Kene Rapu is the founder of the eponymous footwear brand, which uses locally sourced materials and Nigerian workmanship to create stylish handmade slippers and sandals. Rapu attended London College of Fashion and said in a Connect Nigeria interview, “My ambition is to build a strong global brand of fashionable footwear and fashion accessories, which can play a role in facilitating the economic development of an emerging nation such as Nigeria and Africa as a whole.”