Abiola Olusola
Designer

Abiola Olusola

Abiola Olusola

About

Born and raised in Nigeria, Olusola realized her dream of becoming a designer by studying fine arts and fashion at the prestigious Istituto Marangoni in Paris and graduated with a BFA in fashion design in 2015. She immediately gravitated towards a minimalist aesthetic, femininity, functionality, ease, and undercurrents of innate sensuality.

Abiola Olusola launched her eponymous brand in 2017, a contemporary woman ready-to-wear and bespoke line with a distinct juxtaposition of minimalist cuts, sleek architecture, and African subcultures and craftsmanship.

Since its launch in 2017, Abiola Olusola the brand has gained traction from critics and consumers alike. Named as a Guardian Life 'One to watch' 2018, the brand's premier collection was immediately carried by Temple Muse, a Luxury retail store in the heart of Lagos. Abiola Olusola continues to work with fabric giant Vlisco and was selected as one of 5 finalists of the Alara Emerge Fashion Fund.

In 2017, she showed her SS18 collection at Lagos Fashion design week. In 2018 she showcased her SS19 collection on GTB Fashion Weekend. Abiola Olusola has been nominated as the designer of the year 2019 by Fashions Finest Africa.

Abiola Olusola is dedicated to showcasing and working with local African craftsmen and women to create and highlight ways that traditional fabrics and ethos can be part of contemporary living. She is motivated by empowering artisans, producing with sustainability and waste management in mind, carefully crafting each item of clothing from fabric to finished product, and pushing the African narrative forward through fashion. Despite her undeniable talent and the steady growth of her brand, this emerging talent remains firmly planted on the ground.

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