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I am a British citizen and was born in the UK but have Nigerian descent as my parents are both Nigerian. I'm visiting Nigeria for a several months to spend some time getting to know the Country and learning about my heritage, it is the first time I've experienced the Country first-hand. I'm fortunate that I have a good job in the UK that has allowed me this great opportunity. I really want to embrace the culture and that includes the Nigerian fashion. I was reading not so long ago that there are actually many talented fashion designers from Nigeria and their clothes are worn by many famous celebrities. Seeing how the people dress in Nigeria is very different to how people dress in the UK. I am very interested to find out what people know and understand about Nigerian fashion. Whether they are aware of Nigerian designers and whether they like the kind of style that Nigerian designers create. Their are a lot of different designers with their own unique style and I think that the Western culture of the UK may identify more with certain ones as some of the styles can be very flamboyant and out there. I haven't really given it too much thought in the past as I have been use to wearing Western fashion. In recent months though, since I've had a bit more cash to spend, I have been taking a keener interest and have been playing around with styles. Now I'm in Nigeria, it would be a perfect chance to find out about and try some of these styles for myself but I'd be keen to see if anyone here has any input on the subject. I've found a very good site that has fashion goods for sale based in Nigeria so I have already bought some clothes from them. Thank you so much and I look forward to your responses.


Edited by tugtug - 6/29/16 at 3:25pm
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Post Imperial comes to mind. I bought one of their ties when they were sold at Sid Mashburn in the US. They use traditional adire dye and methods to create some interesting pieces.
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I am a British citizen and was born in the UK but have Nigerian descent as my parents are both Nigerian. I'm visiting Nigeria for a several months to spend some time getting to know the Country and learning about my heritage, it is the first time I've experienced the Country first-hand. I'm fortunate that I have a good job in the UK that has allowed me this great opportunity. I really want to embrace the culture and that includes the Nigerian fashion. I was reading not so long ago that there are actually many talented fashion designers from Nigeria and their clothes are worn by many famous celebrities. Seeing how the people dress in Nigeria is very different to how people dress in the UK. I am very interested to find out what people know and understand about Nigerian fashion. Whether they are aware of Nigerian designers and whether they like the kind of style that Nigerian designers create. Their are a lot of different designers with their own unique style and I think that the Western culture of the UK may identify more with certain ones as some of the styles can be very flamboyant and out there. I haven't really given it too much thought in the past as I have been use to wearing Western fashion. In recent months though, since I've had a bit more cash to spend, I have been taking a keener interest and have been playing around with styles. Now I'm in Nigeria, it would be a perfect chance to find out about and try some of these styles for myself but I'd be keen to see if anyone here has any input on the subject. I've found a very good site that has fashion goods for sale based in Nigeria so I have already bought some clothes from them. Thank you so much and I look forward to your responses.

 

Here's the site I've been using for anyone living in Nigeria: www.for-sale.com.ng

 

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Originally Posted by Bob Loblaw View Post

Post Imperial comes to mind. I bought one of their ties when they were sold at Sid Mashburn in the US. They use traditional adire dye and methods to create some interesting pieces.

 

OK thank you very much for that. I was expecting a response so quickly. I will have a look at Post Imperial as I'm sure they will do some interesting pieces like you say. 


Edited by tugtug - 6/29/16 at 3:33pm
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Also if you have Facebook they have an impressive album of some looks.
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Also if you have Facebook they have an impressive album of some looks.


Magnificent album. This one is my favorite.

 

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I am a British citizen and was born in the UK but have Nigerian descent as my parents are both Nigerian. I'm visiting Nigeria for a several months to spend some time getting to know the Country and learning about my heritage, it is the first time I've experienced the Country first-hand. I'm fortunate that I have a good job in the UK that has allowed me this great opportunity. I really want to embrace the culture and that includes the Nigerian fashion. I was reading not so long ago that there are actually many talented fashion designers from Nigeria and their clothes are worn by many famous celebrities. Seeing how the people dress in Nigeria is very different to how people dress in the UK. I am very interested to find out what people know and understand about Nigerian fashion. Whether they are aware of Nigerian designers and whether they like the kind of style that Nigerian designers create. Their are a lot of different designers with their own unique style and I think that the Western culture of the UK may identify more with certain ones as some of the styles can be very flamboyant and out there. I haven't really given it too much thought in the past as I have been use to wearing Western fashion. In recent months though, since I've had a bit more cash to spend, I have been taking a keener interest and have been playing around with styles. Now I'm in Nigeria, it would be a perfect chance to find out about and try some of these styles for myself but I'd be keen to see if anyone here has any input on the subject. I've found a very good site that has fashion goods for sale based in Nigeria so I have already bought some clothes from them. Thank you so much and I look forward to your responses.

@tugtug great to hear that you are in Nigeria. If you are based in Lagos you should check out these stores 

 

 

Stranger http://www.strangerlagos.com/

 

Alara https://www.instagram.com/alaralagos/

 

Temple Muse http://www.temple-muse.com/brands/

 

Polo Avenue http://www.pololuxury.com/

 

 

Hope this helps. 

post #7 of 11

I really, really like those ties.

post #8 of 11

Slightly odd to recommend stores who's websites predominately show them to be selling premium "western" brands when the OP says they are wanting to get more in touch with their Nigerian roots.

 

I have known a couple of designers from Nigeria, and many more in my normal line of business, but unfortunately outside of womenswear they have almost fully abandoned their heritage (at least in their work). I've never had the opportunity to ask if this was a commercial decision or something else and not sure I'd get an accurate answer anyway as these things are always more complex.

 

If you are thinking of trying to import some of their items to the UK for sale you will need to consider what will work here. Materials, colours etc that are suitable in Lagos are not necessarily going to look as great on a grey wet autumn day in Newcastle. Personally I'd possibly more look at accessories more like ties and pocket squares or fabric that could be used to construct the same.

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Besides Polo Avenue, the rest of the stores mentioned carry a ton of Nigerian designers alongside western brands... 

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Slightly odd to recommend stores who's websites predominately show them to be selling premium "western" brands when the OP says they are wanting to get more in touch with their Nigerian roots.

 

I have known a couple of designers from Nigeria, and many more in my normal line of business, but unfortunately outside of womenswear they have almost fully abandoned their heritage (at least in their work). I've never had the opportunity to ask if this was a commercial decision or something else and not sure I'd get an accurate answer anyway as these things are always more complex.

 

If you are thinking of trying to import some of their items to the UK for sale you will need to consider what will work here. Materials, colours etc that are suitable in Lagos are not necessarily going to look as great on a grey wet autumn day in Newcastle. Personally I'd possibly more look at accessories more like ties and pocket squares or fabric that could be used to construct the same.

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Originally Posted by tugtug View Post
 

I am a British citizen and was born in the UK but have Nigerian descent as my parents are both Nigerian. I'm visiting Nigeria for a several months to spend some time getting to know the Country and learning about my heritage, it is the first time I've experienced the Country first-hand. I'm fortunate that I have a good job in the UK that has allowed me this great opportunity. I really want to embrace the culture and that includes the Nigerian fashion. I was reading not so long ago that there are actually many talented fashion designers from Nigeria and their clothes are worn by many famous celebrities. Seeing how the people dress in Nigeria is very different to how people dress in the UK. I am very interested to find out what people know and understand about Nigerian fashion. Whether they are aware of Nigerian designers and whether they like the kind of style that Nigerian designers create. Their are a lot of different designers with their own unique style and I think that the Western culture of the UK may identify more with certain ones as some of the styles can be very flamboyant and out there. I haven't really given it too much thought in the past as I have been use to wearing Western fashion. In recent months though, since I've had a bit more cash to spend, I have been taking a keener interest and have been playing around with styles. Now I'm in Nigeria, it would be a perfect chance to find out about and try some of these styles for myself but I'd be keen to see if anyone here has any input on the subject. I've found a very good site that has fashion goods for sale based in Nigeria so I have already bought some clothes from them. Thank you so much and I look forward to your responses.

Also this is a website that carries mainly African designers. They are based mainly in NY but most of their staff is either Nigerian or from the diaspora. 

 

https://oxosi.com/

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I like these ties. Hope it will be available.

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