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Africa Fashion Week ’09, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi

“Lanre Da Silva Ajayi studied business administration at Coventry University and obtained her masters degree at the University of Leicester in finance. With this business background, she then founded her eponymous label in Nigeria in 2005 for the discerning, stylish and slightly avant garde woman. Lanre is now one of Nigeria’s foremost fashion minds and…

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Arise Africa Fashion Week ’09, Mustafa Hassanali

“For Mustafa Hassanali fashion was originally a hobby, but has since become his career. His passion for elegance, style, flamboyancy, glamour and glitz has not gone unnoticed by most of East Africa’s social crème de la crème. His collections have been shown widely throughout Africa and Europe and his exquisite handwork, detailed beadwork and creative…

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Arise Africa Fashion Week ’09, Samantha Cole

“Samantha Cole London is an international contemporary British brand that displays a flair for fashion that was natured in the Burberry design room and the London College of Fashion, where Samantha Cole received her degree in fashion and management. Catering to the image conscious, confident, independent and discerning woman who dares to be different, Samantha…

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Arise Africa Fashion Week ’09, Tiffany Amber

“Folake Folarin-Coker’s return to Nigeria in 1998 after years of study in Europe heralded the coming of a new definition of style and elegance in the country. Within a short span of time her label, Tiffany Amber, became one of the most popular fashion brands in Nigeria, winning several awards and participating in over 40…

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Arise Africa Fashion Week ’09, Eyola

“London based Eyola was created by British/Nigerian designer Aloye Adede, a Masters graduate from the prestigious Istituto Europeo di Design (IDL) in Italy, with experience working for various designers including Alexander McQueen. Based on the hallmarks of Victorian fashion, each Eyola piece blends historical references from nineteenth century fashion with a modern twist. Eyola typifies…

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Arise Africa Fashion Week ’09, HENI

“Heni Este-hijzen trained at the prestigious London International School of Fashion after winning a bursary in November 1999. Excelling in his studies, he won numerous awards and graduated top of his class in 2002. In the same year Heni walked away with the Smirnoff Fashion challenge, giving him the financial backing to start his signature…

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Arise Africa Fashion Week ’09, JEWEL by LISA

“In 2005 Lisa Folawiyo and her team of expert craftsmen stormed the Nigerian fashion scene with new fashion label, Jewel by Lisa. In less than four years she has perfected the art of wearing Ankara, turning Jewel by Lisa into a coveted luxury label through the embellishment of fabric with sequins, Swarovski crystals, beads and…

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