This Friday, we’ll be hosting the fourth edition of our ‘How I got started’ series with amazingly talented sustainable fashion designers; Chioma Ogbudimkpa and Abiola Olusola. Our co-hosts will be in ‘Fashversation’ about their creative journey, major milestones, their pain points and opportunities.
The purpose of the event is to inspire and empower African startups in the creative industry with insights into the process of exceptional brand owners in starting up and running successful brands.
Meet the Co-Hosts
Chioma is the creative director of Redbutton, a sustainable women’s ready-to-wear and bespoke fashion line. Chioma founded Redbutton in 2017, a women’s wear line, committed to operating an ethical and responsible business. Redbutton fuses African aesthetics, patterns and form with art from all over the world to create her minimalist contemporary pieces.
In 2018, she showed her ‘Regenerate’ collection at the Spice Lifestyle Honours Fashion showcase. In 2019, She showed at Lagos Fashion Week under the Green Access Program. Just before the pandemic struck, Chioma showcased at the International Creative Industries Forum, Moscow, and is also one of the few African Designers that’s just been selected by Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia, to showcase at the Global Talents Digital Show next month.
Redbutton has been featured on several international platforms including the United Nations Environment Assembly, the UN’s Alliance for Sustainable Fashion, CNNAfrica, etc.
Chioma is currently the African Prize Winner for Global Creative Business Cup, Copenhagen.
Abiola Olusola launched her eponymous brand in 2017, a contemporary women’s ready to wear and bespoke line with a distinct juxtaposition of minimalist cuts, sleek architecture and African subcultures and craftsmanship. Abiola graduated with a BFA in fashion design from Istituto Marangoni Paris in 2015. She immediately gravitated towards a minimalist aesthetic, femininity, functionality, ease and undercurrents of innate sensuality.
Since its launch in 2017, Abiola Olusola the brand has gained traction by critics and consumers alike. Named as one of Guardian Life’s “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 has been 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 showed her SS19 collection at GTB Fashion Weekend. Abiola Olusola has been nominated as Designer of the Year 2019 by Fashion Finest Africa.
Abiola Olusola is dedicated to showcasing and working with local African craftsmen and women to create and highlight ways in which 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.
Who is this event for?
Emerging fashion designers looking to translate their unique perspective into creatively designed fashion products.
Aspiring sustainable designers and existing designers interested in sustainable fashion.
What to Expect
Gist and ideas that can transform your business.
Where: INSTAGRAM LIVE
Date: Friday 28th August, 2020
Time: 6pm WAT | 5pm GMT | 7pm CAT