Lagos Stylistas Shine as Luxury Leather Goods & Accessories Store HYPE launches in Style – View Exclusive Photos from the Event

Soibi & Victor Ovia (Store Owners)

Over the weekend, the city of Lagos saw the launch of a luxury goods and accessories store – Hype in the serene environment of 29 Karimu Kotun, Victoria Island. The exquisite event saw friends, family and well wishers of the store owner - Soibi Ovia arrive in their stylish ensembles.

Guests indulged themselves in some delicious finger foods and refreshing cocktail drinks as they shopped for bags, shoes, clothes, belts and many more items.

Didn’t attend? Sorry but you missed a lot, never mind we have all the exclusive photos.
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Arrivals

Inside

About Hype
Hype is a leather goods and accessories store located at 29 Karimu Kotun Victoria Island, Lagos. The store stocks handbags, wrist watches, iPad Covers, Make-Up Bags, wallets, shoes and more items selected from top designer stores worldwide including Hermes, Valentino, Gucci, Chloe, Prada, Escada, Miu Miu, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton.
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184 Comments on Lagos Stylistas Shine as Luxury Leather Goods & Accessories Store HYPE launches in Style – View Exclusive Photos from the Event
  • ama May 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    am i the first?
    beautiful event tho…

    • olorile May 2, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      no u are last! mcheww!

      • tina May 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm

        dont you just hate those foolish nonsense immature comments – “am first – am first – am first” – so immature and utterly annoying. I cant stand ppl who do that – am 1st my a ss – yes 1st childish commenter that is – Mstchewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

      • mimi May 2, 2012 at 7:36 pm

        Lol I never understand why people get upset @ people that say first! It is not a competition don’t take it serious. Stop getting annoyed over little things biko.

  • Oluwasayo Awe May 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Very lovely, guests tastefully dressed. Not sure about the lady in leather print dress and blue bag. but then what do I know.

  • lol May 2, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    pweety, Banke you look nice, love the makeover

  • Joy May 2, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Nice pics, I really want to know if these businesses actually make money, because their stuff are so expensive i just don’t understand :/

    • Chikaka May 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      They have their clients. Nigerians go out a lot so need to stock up all the time at a canter without necessarily travelling.

    • gimmer May 2, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      oh no…i didn’t even read your comment before i posted the same exact thing below. i have an inkling these stores are just a front/hobby as opposed to the owners’ valuable source of profit. i mean the other i want to a store around chocolate royal owned by a person who shall remain nameless for noow, i swear i still she clothes and bags from 2008 whne she first opened the store on the shelves this year. none of these their so called “classy” friends buys their stuff after showing up to the grand opening red carpet session…#justsaying#

      • Bewi May 3, 2012 at 3:19 am

        lol!I think i know the store you are referring too.I have heard that no one shops there!

        This is a beautiful red carpet.Most people look chic.Lovely store too

  • Anon.. May 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    This store is not for “small people”. Did I see Chanel bags, LVs and CL’s? Wow…Nice but I can imagine how much those cost (esp with the margin Nigerians are known to add to their prices). Classy store tho…I wish her all the best!

  • eesha May 2, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    OMG! I’VE DIED AND GONE TO RETAIL HEAVEN. THE GUESTS R SO ON POINT, TALK OF CLASS AND SOPHISTICATION. FABULOUS!!! #LEMME SCROLL THRU D PICS AGAIN.

  • Sexxie May 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Really nice! Lots of gorgeous pple…

  • damojo May 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Gucci everywhere, i likey……..Stopping by on my way from work!

  • ann May 2, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    omg, i love that channel bag….. i want

    • gbebs May 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      its chanel ma.

      • chikalaka May 3, 2012 at 12:39 am

        GBAM! lol

      • pi May 3, 2012 at 11:26 am

        loooooooooooooool, tell her ooo loool

      • Mz Socially Awkward… May 3, 2012 at 1:56 pm

        That’s just some complete foolishness in your comeback right there. So what if she mispelled one freaking word? A whole bunch of folk post these comments from smartphones with autocorrect, which may have replaced the “chanel” she typed with “channel”. Whatever the case, nobody likes a smartass.

    • Nike May 3, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      @Mz Socially Akward, most of the people correcting her can’t spell or pronounce it either.

  • Chikaka May 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Chima Anyaso is one fine boy oh.
    Good ambiance!

  • adenike May 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Beautiful store and beautiful guests. Will visit someday (as long as i don’t have to break the bank to do so) Lol. Well done!!

  • sassy diva May 2, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    h,mmmm thoes shoes definately aint cheap…wowww!!! lovely i must confess

  • Dee May 2, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I Want I want I WANT!.. Nice party too.

  • annie May 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    The cute baby beside his father tho and dey shouldnt wear dat rubber/plastic shoes for d boy again.
    Pls Efe tommy-how does dis guy knws abt soo much event taking place na wa o attending everywhere
    I like d girl with the cleavage opening sheer top,dunno if it’s a jumpsuit but she killing it damn,luv how lont the pant is.

    • Chikaka May 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      Crocs (the rubber/plastic shoes) are quite trendy and very comfortable. They know what time it is! I like them on kids but not on adults.

  • Pendo May 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    am loving this crowd very well put together….looks good

  • Marian May 2, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    it looks fantastic. Congrats to Soibi Ovia. Hype looks like a good job done.
    Thanks for sharing these shots.
    Glam kisses,
    Marian.

    • Seymour May 2, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      Please enlighten us on “glam kisses.” I never hear that one oh!

      • El Bee May 2, 2012 at 11:20 pm

        Lmao!! Seriously!

  • JCA May 2, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    hmmm……..seems like the guests were well selected, they’re all reeking of sophistication.

  • Berry Choco-Latte May 2, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Can I just say that they have some well dressed friends and well wishers?!

    http://ajebutternysc.blogspot.com

    • Bebe May 2, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      @Berry Choco-Latte, oh honey you can say it! Infact you can shout it! I’m loving this event! Everyone is so well put together!

  • Janded May 2, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Nice store and Fabulous looking people. Love it!

  • brutal May 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    na which one be stylistas again? **still flipping through my dictionary**

  • tinu May 2, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    lovely guest not the crowded ones i see with error every time on BN.WILL CHECK OUT THE STORE VERY SOON!

  • gimmer May 2, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    ok sliding on my business woman cap – are these stores truly opened to generate profit or opened just because? my rationale is that most who can afford these brands are in UK/US at least 3 times a year. so instead of hitting SAKS or Neiman during their trips, wahts the incentive to buy at these stores in Lagos? i am just curious o…cos everything photographed in that store, i’ve seen on the shelves at all luxury retail shops in the US so to me, nothing new

    • ao May 2, 2012 at 8:03 pm

      I am sitting here in the US and wondering the same thing. I understand that Nigerians love fashion and labels and that there are Nigerians that are rich, but how many of these Nigerians are there to support this type of store?

      I make a six-figure salary in the US and still could not casually afford to buy these items after I meeting my financial obligations such as mortgage, car note, child care expenses, groceries, health insurance, putting money in my savings accoutn, etc. I would still have to budget were I to purchase any of the items in the picture, which means that these luxury goods is not a routine purchase for me. Some of the shoes in the picture retail around $1,200.00 in the US. Routine purchases for me would be going to MACY’s department store and buing Calvin Klein, vince Camuto, Coach etc. That is more in my budget. With that said, how do these stores plan to make a profit especially given that the average Nigerian reportedly lives on $2.00 per day. The fuel subsidy debacle also highlighted how people are struggling in the country on a daily. I would really like someone to shed some light.

      • Seymour May 2, 2012 at 8:36 pm

        $2 per day? Don’t let the TV deceive you, that one is propaganda. You are on your own oh. The store is here to target the population of Nigerians who can afford to buy these goods and when I say afford….I mean AFFORD. Price tags ain’t a thang. They will clean out her shop as far as she is selling designer goods.

      • Makema May 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm

        Maybe it’s your creditcard/student debts still swallowing all your income or you’re living in a house that’s too big/ care that’s too expensive/costly daycare. Because with a 6 fig. income and ur expenses, you should be able to buy 1 LV bag & 3-6 Louboutins every 1-1.5 yrs.

      • Nike May 3, 2012 at 2:40 pm

        @Makema, Its very obvious that you have never lived abroad and that is why you can make such a stupid statement. It is not about her standard of living. She is talking about financial responsibility. She can afford these brands but that will mean blowing her salary on clothes and shoes. While shallow chicks like you may not mind doing that, women like her are more sensible and tend to think about the future. That is why she is owns her own home and has a six figure salary and you are still squatting and depending on your man to buy you recharge cards :P

      • Realtalk May 8, 2012 at 11:33 pm

        Clearly, you are not in tune with Nigerians especially Lagosians*. These stores make a lot of money. I was at there and at least 15-20% of the guests purchased. And as Chikaka said, ppl don’t always travel and given the amount of events hosted in Lagos on a weekly basis, ppl, both , men and women need to shop. As you can see, all the clothes and bags and shoes we wore are on the internet, so how can we repeat it to another event? The world bank has it’s research wrong, Nigerian may survive on $2 a day but we sure also survive on handouts, from your boss, friend, aunt, family, stranger etc. We get the money we need somehow, from family or friends abroad, working a full time job and then selling hair or make-up or clothes on the side etc.

    • Nwaoma May 2, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      My dear I get ur point but sometimes , if u add plane ticket, stress of traveling abroad, its worth it that is if u have the money. And trust me some of these people travel abroad but don’t have the time to shop or don’t like to shop. This people that have retail stores make a truck load of money… Nigerians as opposed to people that live abroad have liquid cash to spend. I know that for a fact… Also Nigerians like to shop

  • cass May 2, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I’m not African, but I must say I love ur fashion. It’s just so beautiful and stylish.

  • Chinwe O May 2, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    MKD! MKD!! MKD!!! **smiles**

  • HonestThoughts May 2, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I dont know why but I sometimes doubt that these stores stock authentic goods because certain designers like Louis Vuitton and Hermes DO NOT patake in sales or wholesales so it is difficult for me to appreciate stores like this in Lagos. Great effort to the owners but I’ll rather stick to buying from designers directly so as not to risk buying fake goods for exorbitant prices.

    • GNV May 2, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      My dear, trust me, this particular store (HYPE) stocks authentic goods. The price alone will tell you. I may not be a pro at spotting fake goods, but Louboutins? I’m yet to see a bootleg version. Walk into Hype, if you think the goods are fake, hit me up. I can take a lesson or two from you on how to spot fake goods. I’m not the owner oh, I don’t even know her but the truth is the truth and it should be told. I did not see anything fake in there.

      • gbebs May 2, 2012 at 8:34 pm

        That is general mis-conception that most Nigerian follow, just cos it pricey doent’t necessarily mean its authentic, a lot of the so-called luxury stores have been caught selling fake stuff at original prices, however, I am not saying this store stocks fake goods.

      • Makema May 2, 2012 at 9:19 pm

        @gbebs & @HonestThoughts, some people don’t fux with fake. And you have to know them. If you wear fake, you will sell fake. There’s a certain pedigree (and I don’t mean money-wise only) that will NEVER do fake. Except wannabes like Yvonne Nelson carrying fake LV in Ghana.
        Yeah, some brands don’t do wholesale but that’s why you’ll see 5-10 pcs max in other stores that carry them. It’s not too expensive for those that really want it.

        Plus those who can travel 2-3 times a year, it’s not always convenient. My parents sometimes cannot leave there obligations at home for 2 yrs. If my dad wants to buy my mom a gift quickly or vice versa, trust me, they’ll run to Hype in a heartbeat.

      • gimmer May 2, 2012 at 9:27 pm

        you know what’s funny? buying any high end name brand at any store other than the designers or luxury department store could be as fake as they come…you won’t even know what hit you. Believe me when i say China is turning water into wine when it comes to imitation…no be film trick

      • Jane Smith May 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm

        I have been to China a few times and you will be surprised with the amount of ‘authentic’ Louboutin’s they have for sale. It is very hard to spot the difference between real and fake these days as the counterfeits get better by the day. I haven’t been to this particular store so I cannot comment on whether there stock is real or fake.

      • Nairobi’s Finest May 3, 2012 at 10:59 pm

        @Jane Smith; half of these designers outsource from china to get their shoes and bags made then sent to the US to their stores for sale. It’s cheaper to outsource labour from Chinese factories.

    • gimmer May 2, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      only one thot makes sense…she bought those hermees shoes and Chanel bags from high end department stores or at an actual chanel store…that tells me she paid retail price for something she plans to retail. pray tell how that markup would look…it will be ridiculous such that those who can truly afford it would just rather pick it up during one of their ususal trips to paris.these stores na front to ease boredom, jare…valentino sells to private retailers at a discount, but there is a minimum order requirment before you can qualify for such discount. Hermes does not need a retailer in lagos to boost their sales cos their producst sell itself. I know this. so trust me that this HYPE store owner cannot trick me o (i dont know about you) into believe she has a stockist relationship with Hermes…nah.

    • Bee May 2, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      Yeah I was thinking the same thing. Maybe they stock up at outlets or do previous seasons? For a fact, Hermes does not do either.

    • Savannah May 3, 2012 at 4:30 am

      May the good LORD bless you, cos I have been working for LV Galleria Mall Houston Tx. for 7 years and we DO NOT GO ON SALE…..

    • Omo September 19, 2012 at 12:39 am

      You have said it oh!!! I wish her luck though…really lovely shop…..I know that certain designers do not allow their products to be resold so I am wondering too!!! Anyway, kudos to her!

  • Seymour May 2, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Come Bella are you sure this event was held in Lagos? When I was scrolling down I thought it was a PH event until I looked at the header. I can’t find any of the usual “Event -Shop – Kiosk – launch” crowd. And the baffs are not tapping jor, don’t know what all of you are seeing there.

  • faith May 2, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    very beautiful n classy…

  • na so May 2, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Congrats Soibi Ideriah! I see PH is being repped….Soso Jack< Jane , Dada Ideriah..awesome.

  • NikkyJay May 2, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Nice Event, Beautiful People!

    Soibi Ovia looks stunning.

    The lady in the overall yellow shirt dress, looked nice.

    Love this couple
    http://cdn.bellanaija.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/H139.jpg

  • dee one May 2, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    the “nicest and cleanest” looking event i’v seen on bella so far in a very long time…really classy.

  • I really dey! May 2, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    @madam ao–move to Nigeria and you’ll be able to afford it. Instead of sitting in Yankee and struggling for coupons in the mail,rushing to Macy’s when they go on sale so u can buy that Jessica Simpson shoe and generally not being able to afford luxury goods the faster you come home to make oil money the better for you and the less skeptical you wil be ( about luxury goods selling or not selling in Nigeria) nigerians have plenty cash and will spend on luxury goods. Opari!!!!!!

    • ao May 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      I don’t use coupons my dear, but it seems that you know all about coupons because you obviously use them on the daily. I live within my means and this has allowed me to buy property in Naija and embark on other financial projects. Yes, the US has its stressors, but it also has its advantages such as a system a judicial system that works, a social security system, effective health care system (that is why many Nigerians come here to have babies), etc. If you choose to buy high end goods on your palm-wine salary that is your business. Me, I live within my means. Next.

  • Ben May 2, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Nice concept,but will they be able to maintain the quality standard in the Long-run.

  • Dee May 2, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    I agree with #honestthoughts…..if you are familiar with those labels…. you will have an understanding that there is no ‘way’ they could be stocked up in such quantities in retail. Me say…not authentic sorry! Think about it though. U get a pair of loubs on sale for £400 then you sell for how much in naira to make your profit? Then how many pairs exactly do you get on sale?

    • gimmer May 2, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      is it that or how many sizes in each $1200 shoe do you stock as a retailer? A retailer in Lagos /Nigeria a developing country o, not a retailer in LA or Miami o, cos private store owners in places like LA, Miami etc do have relationships with the designers and they are literally stocking and getting a comission based on sales volume right?

      • omo 2 sexy!! May 3, 2012 at 6:31 pm

        Sorry you are wrong…Loub..starting price is 595.00…, majority of his shoes are under 1000.00 USD

    • Makema May 2, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      @gbebs & @HonestThoughts, some people don’t fux with fake. And you have to know them. If you wear fake, you will sell fake. There’s a certain pedigree (and I don’t mean money-wise only) that will NEVER do fake. Except wannabes like Yvonne Nelson carrying fake LV in Ghana.
      Yeah, some brands don’t do wholesale but that’s why you’ll see 5-10 pcs max in other stores that carry them. It’s not too expensive for those that really want it.
      Dee, pls do not misinform here… Loubs range in the 3-8 hundreds in wholsesale so abeg stop lying. Plus no one wastes $ and shops in England when there are tax-free states in Yankee. Btw, how large do you think these people’s stock is??? Did they email u with the amount??? Hating ti poju. Just say u can’t believe ppl can’t afford it because u can’t.

    • Nwaoma May 2, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      You Nigerians in diaspora , do not get it… Nigerians don’t play when it comes to fashion o…. U will be shocked how much she made in a day!

  • Dee May 2, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Even if you spend a year scouting all the outlets here in the UK and Europe……….

  • Dee May 2, 2012 at 8:53 pm
    • Makema May 2, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      Dee, pls do not misinform here… Loubs range in the 3-8 hundreds in wholsesale so abeg stop lying. Plus no one wastes $ and shops in England when there are tax-free states in Yankee. Btw, how large do you think these people’s stock is??? Did they email u with the amount??? Hating ti poju. Just say u can’t believe ppl can’t afford it because u can’t.

    • Makema May 2, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      I’m sure that’s where you buy your own Loubs from, haha
      Please, you go out and do REAL research.

  • Dee May 2, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Babes…you need to go out more, do a bit more research and be able to read more into peoples’ ensembles…..

  • IGBOFILLE May 2, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Well for those saying Nigerians cant afford things in this shop you havent gone to all those boutiques on the island to see for yourself. A distant relation of mine has this shoe store on the island, I once went to her shop and the cheapest shoes there were these normal flat pumps in vogue now and they were like 30k at least, but to my surprise, ladies were trooping in there to buy these shoes as if its sweet and chewing gum, a pair of shoes for 130k and the person is gald to buy it at such price and i pinch myself, Forgerrrrit, Nigerians have more than enough to spend and if its not expensive they feel its fake. Its all a matter of time we will get there and start patronising shops like these so we can flash our bags and shoes on every red carpet event and appear on BN. Naija for life.

  • brianna May 2, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    wow,you guys relax..the shop is Great,the items are nice classy,on trend and the guests are the cleanest most mature set of people to ever grace bellanaija..different crowd,nice vibe etc

  • tina May 2, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    i have one question – WHY ARE NIGERIANS SO MATERIALISTIC – is there anything else you can talk about. My gosh. I have never seen such.

    cars, shoes, fake hair, fake eyes, blah blah blah blah blah. Nothing else to offer. Na wao for u ooh

    • Naomi May 3, 2012 at 8:35 am

      THANK YOU!!!!!!

    • Nike May 3, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      Don’t say it out too loud. The material girls with their mermaid weaves will eat you alive on this site….sssshhhhhhhhhh

  • mema May 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Naijas define themselves by materials. You are a nobody in that society if you cant show of your materials. It is very sad. I feel so sad for this type of mentality as a group of people. Materials define who one is? like seriously. See all the fake poses strategically in the pictures showing of some one fake coco chanel bag or the other, cos they know they are being watched or their photos will be on Bella naija.

    How sad. Very sad – i just shake my head.

    • Bee May 2, 2012 at 11:24 pm

      Don’t get discouraged. There are still tons of good people who believe in the honesty and dignity of hard work, who have a different set of values. You may have to search of the path but I assure you there are!

  • marvel May 2, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    The decor is stunning. That said Chanel, LV and Hermes do not do wholesale nor sell to be resold so that comment was right. Even Tory Burch turned down the request to have their children’s flats sold in Nigeria. Only a matter of time as Porsche has seen sense so the rest will follow. If only they knew that our people pay over the odds for their goods eh…

  • Just a guest May 2, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    I know this couple guys and I know them well! Trust me, every single item in that store is authentic no kidding. She was particular about that. No fake items even if the price kills her period! Don’t hate or run down. You haven’t even been there! Why are people sooo negative and envious? Beats me. Now, soibi I wish u the very best. U don’t even want these haters in your shop anyway.@ I really dey, you’re so so right!!LMAO!!

    • gimmer May 2, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      in all honesty, i don’t even question the authencity of her stock. i was just curious about the projected PnL and the outlook of cash flows. matter of fact, i am very sure this couple have a slew of businesses. this can’t be their only venture cos the profit outlook for this kind of stores is undeniably sketchy for reasons earlier discussed. i feel these kind of perspectives need to be thrown out there so that we don’t mislead aspiring retailers into believe the “luxury line” is competitively profitable in Nigeria cos its not.

    • HonestThoughts May 3, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      There is really no need to be rude or insinuate that we are haters. All the comments about authenticity vs. fake are VALID because people like myself who regularly invest in authentic designer goods definately dont want to be caught dead with fake stuff. These days chinese manufacturers make copies which are almost 99% accurate that is why Chanel, YSL etc consistently take them to court and closes down their businesses. That being said, I appreciate that you are a friend of hers so its okay for you to defend her but just be careful not to insult the people with honest opinions.

  • Africanbeauty May 2, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Banke is so beautiful. I love her makeup.

  • emelie May 2, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    @Annie: LMAO on d Efe comment. u just put my tots to words. I was wondering the same thing when i saw his picture. na wao, that guy seems to be everywhere with his trademark peacock hairstyle.

  • gimmer May 2, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    @ Makema …stop sounding like an illterate..i forgive you though if you dont know how the US system works. if you make $100,000 a year as a single person, you fall in the 32% taX bracket…then you pay bills right? see why u can’t buy $1200 loubies?

    • Mz Socially Awkward… May 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      My dear, help me break it down for certain folk. Nigerians living in Nigeria don’t pay income tax at the rate charged in the US or UK and will never understand the way the tax system works. It’s a massive chunk of your annual income, hence a 100,000k income not usually being able to stretch towards multiple pairs of loubies.

      • CheRox May 3, 2012 at 4:50 pm

        Actually as a Nigerian living in Nigeria, I do pay a HIGH amount of income tax, at a much higher rate than I paid in the US plus I don’t get to file or give to charities to get a tax break like I used to be able to.
        It’s painfully clear to me that Makema does not have any sort of formal employment in Nigeria, otherwise she’d know that if someone made the naira equivalent of $100,000 (N16M) they would not be able to comfortably afford the 3-6 Louboutins per year wash wash lifestyle she’s describing on their salary. If someone earned N16M per year in salary, they’d be taking home a little over N1M per month. Remove the larger costs of housing, school fees (Lagos prep/AIS/St.Saviours school fees is not for the fainthearted), transportation etc… then the line item every Nigerian suffers called diesel, that 1M salary has practically disappeared.

      • Omo September 19, 2012 at 12:44 am

        I agree oh! Nigerian tax can never be as much as what is paid in the UK abeg!! After Mama Charlie collects her own, they will collect council tax, road tax dey sef!! TV licence sef join!!! After that minus bills and rent/mortgage, wetin remain!!!! Ha….if you live in the UK, you will think well before you buy a shoe for £90!!! Lol!!!

    • ao May 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      THANK YOU FOR YOUR HONESTY!! You clearly understand how the US works. A lot of Nigerians that have never lived in US have zero clue about how the cycle of bills can eat away at ones income. Those that think that I am wasting my money on big house and high-priced stuff are mistaken. I live below my means most of the time in order to save money to put towards projects that will yield me a comfortable lifestyle in the future where I can comfortably purchase high end luxury goods without having to think about it. For those that can afford to do this now, MORE GREASE TO YOUR ELBOWS!!!!

    • Makema May 17, 2012 at 8:51 am

      It’s funny how you mediocre mentality folk think Makema ‘does not know how the US works’… Madam @Nike on top even said Makema lives in Nigeria and depends on her man for recharge cards. I didn’t know you could see people through your screen. It must be the new technology or juju in your life. LOL. Funny. I live in NY and work in fashion you beyotches and guess what? If a person $100k/year cannot afford Loubies, no one else below can. There are Louboutins for $500, directly from the store. Please don’t start something you can’t finish. Get at me when you know what’s going on in REAL people’s lives not your google search.

  • KingsQueen May 2, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    if i could afford to buy shoes that pricey, i’d rather buy it off the designers website (and have it shipped down) or from their retail shops… too many fakes around to fall victim!

  • atl May 2, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    1 advice: Stop hanging out with poor people.
    Hang out with people that challenge you to work harder. If you surround yourself with poor people, you will think everyone is poor.
    Take it or leave it, there are quite a number of people in Nigeria who will buy these things without even feeling it.

  • BIBI May 2, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    my oga’s cute son looking so handsome,bless

  • giveitarest May 2, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    like Nigerians are just ridiculous these comments truly slay i read and see ignorance as well as envy and simple frustration at the fact that many cannot afford the items. i can tell you for one that this store stocks authentic pieces as someone who is well versed in luxury item you ar able to spot an authentic piece from a replica miles away. The boutique owner never claimed to have a personal relationship with the chanel and hermes pronounced (air-mez) brands but simply stocks pieces she likes if you cannot afford them do not buy them and if you doubt buy them and get them appraised in the orignal store and let your ignorance be cleared.As nigeriians we should support each other so when you see something good acknowledge that it is just that.CHEERS

    • jane May 3, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      ngwa clap 4 urself, u can pronounce hermes! oversabi

  • Just a guest May 2, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    By the way dee, u don’t know how much the things cost in the shop. They’re not cheap and really like makema said, you’re not going to see them in a large number so relax! The shop is for those who want quality at any cost. Do u really think someone who wants a nice pair of shoes they’ve seen online and wants it now won’t pay more here than fly out to get it? A friend bought a belt there at the opening for about $500 which ordinarily costs $300 but he saw it,liked it, wanted it immediately, could afford it, trusted it was authentic and pain for it! Please dee, I see you’re in the habit of combing outlets for ex season items so stick to that. Look up these these designs you’ll find most are current season items! ENEMIES!!!!

  • Amber May 2, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Another place for sugar daddies to spend for their babes.and in the next decade,osteoarthritis will be seen in younger women.

  • darmi May 3, 2012 at 12:15 am

    really lovely event. and whats the arguement about it been fake or original? even at the price of fake sum cant afford it but would hate for it. fake or original for the right price i ‘NACK’ my shoe or bag and have fun. too much BEEF.

  • jaygirl May 3, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Can’t believe people are arguing about SHOES and BAGS!!!! for goodness sake!!

  • Moses May 3, 2012 at 1:48 am

    PHC For life……. Nice one!!!!

  • STOP HATING May 3, 2012 at 1:57 am

    YOU PEOPLE NEED TO STOP HATING IF U DISLIKE HER SHOP SO MUCH TRAVEL TO NIGERIA AND OPEN UR OWN!!!!!!!!! ITS NOT HARD THERE MANY SHOPS ON THE ISLAND LOOOOOOL

  • Chi May 3, 2012 at 2:06 am

    jealous hearts..instead of some of you to go and open your own boutique, you stay here hating.
    Even if you were to open a small boutique full of fake stuff, some of you can’t even manage that! Why are women so jealous of each other? i tire! Especially Nigerian girls! I just thank God I have sisters, without them I wouldn’t have a REAL girlfriend.

    Well done to the lady and her husband. I lovvee your boutique, it’s a shame I am not living in Nigeria, otherwise I would pay it many a visit!

  • Chi May 3, 2012 at 2:09 am

    By the way, I love the outfit the store owner is wearing, she looks like a proper, classy, beautiful, young wife. I guess that is another reason the haters having a party in here are feeling uncomfortable. My advise to the designer spotters, please pray and wait for your own turn.

  • i no send May 3, 2012 at 2:12 am

    Nooiiice! They all look and got better style than our so called naija celebs. *shrug*

  • Purpleicious Babe May 3, 2012 at 2:32 am

    LOOOL… u make me laugh… who told u this store is targeted at the AVERAGE NIGERIAN??? maybe to clean the floor or yahozeee, (just kidding).

    This is for the LIVE AND LET LIVE BIG Time. The more than six figure salary, the I am now in town/I love quality products at expensive prices/designer no1/money is talking etc. The HIGH FLY OF nigerians. This is targeted towards luxurious market with high diposable income. Nope, it is not your average Nigerian, it is a niche in the market for luxurious market, fashion conscious individual with MONEY. Like you mentioned after u have paid all ur bills u cant afford it. But there are MEGA designer shops in USA that some people after paying everything still have a high disposable income to afford that even more (we talking successful entrepreneurs, CEO, sports legends etc etc (its like that in Nigeria except not in all cases).

    Anyhoo, I am tempted to say the target market is high class influential people but I know you dont have to be high class or influential to wear some of these products. You just need a GREAT disposable income and a love for luxury goods and maybe more sef.

    Myself am not into designers but being a marketer, I know what is current. ok. done now.lol.

    Dont get it twisted the media only reports on AVERAGE things not the whole PICTURE.

    http://lifeinstagesdoz.blogspot.co.uk/

  • @coschadino May 3, 2012 at 2:57 am

    We’ll said@ao,I must say these collections are amaze but mere seeing its at a quite exorbitant prices no doubt…..

  • FYI May 3, 2012 at 3:33 am

    The girl in the so called green glitter loubs is spotting a fake

  • anon May 3, 2012 at 3:33 am

    Abuloma girls are always doing it right.. congrats Soibi

  • Phcat May 3, 2012 at 4:09 am

    Some Lagosians can be so ignorant…..God forbid! Because u don’t see ur regular owambe crowd posing for camera’s and walking out empty handed you assume this is beneath BN. Trust me she has her clientele and only wishes to step the game up by opening a store in V.I. By the way her last name is “Ovia” so her dad’s friends can shop there all year to support her. For my fellow yankee folks that make six figures living in New york or L.A and sharing a living space….Get a life! Naija folks have lots of cash and spend it quicker than Mayweather does. If people don’t shop at Soibi’s then its because her outreach and target clientele have other options. Even the yankee and London travelling crowd still shop locally because they have taste and would pay anything!

  • cool May 3, 2012 at 4:37 am

    @ a i appreciate your honesty about the things that you do with money in the United States. Nigerians are not true to themselves that is why some are say that it is not true about an average Nigerian making 2 naira per day, DO SOME RESEARCH AND GET THE FACTS. The store HYPE is beautiful and classy for what its worth but seriously how many people can afford it. Most Nigerians are either working or middle class families that earn enough to survive and the upper class people are less than 10%. So i don’t know why most of you are saying come to Nigeria and make oil money when you that are there don’t even see the oil money. Have a life people.

    • Nike May 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      WELL SAID!!!

    • gimmer May 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Well said. oil company wey be say 6000 people submit resume for 25 positions. lmao

  • Ex-blogger May 3, 2012 at 4:40 am

    Relax people, homegirl’s stuff is as real as they come…..and i know this ‘cuz i can spot a fake in my sleep…lol! Nah, i”m hopelessly addicted to luxury goods and pay very close attention to detail. U got to be freaking Houdini to sneak a fake by me. ijs! Anyway, the event looks well planned, and they had a great turn out. My only grouse is her shoes are like 2-3 seasons behind, but hey, she never said she was Bergdorf Goodman.

    Having a luxury store seem to be the “in” thing in Lagos now, makes me wonder if every one is selling, who is buying?

  • Xtella May 3, 2012 at 4:41 am

    For one, you don’t have to be so condescending. She’s right. I live in the states too and I make 6 figures but I won’t by 5 loubs in a year because I actually worked hard for my money. I didn’t steal and I didn’t sleep around for my 130k.
    Even though I have a good eye for fakes, I will never buy a premium designer item outside a major dept store or the actual store. I believe all of my friends (including those in Nigeria) feel the same about buying luxury goods. The major market for these stores are aristo babes who are still hiding their runs or 419 peeps who have been denied any visa to go and shop themselves.
    Shoot me if you like, I’ve said my own.

  • Asiasands May 3, 2012 at 4:48 am

    If we agree that she has bought these items at retail price and is reselling at a profit… as we have established GG, LV etc dont do wholesale business…Wao! that is just incredible to me. Why dont we stop and think about things just sometimes?? No other successful economy can thrive on this model but who cares as long as you look the part. No wonder nothing works in Nigeria.. we’re too busy looking good and spinning on the same spot!

  • Anon May 3, 2012 at 7:02 am

    I do not see any hating here biko. Those things are expensive and for the person who said ao should come and live in Nigeria, did she tell you she was suffering in the US. in my opinion, she has her priorities right and that is why she would not by a CL. Does a CL even define you anyway? Plus JS shoes are nothing, you can easily buy them on clearance at DSW/6pm.com, etc for 40-60bucks so kinni big deal? Nigerians are too materialistic biko. My own is I hope she makes profit…That said, I am still happy for her!

  • Didilicious May 3, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Wow Soibi….!!!!,this is very nice,am proud of yet another Ph babe doing it in grand style,all the best babes,the sky is just the begining

  • fokasibe May 3, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Lovely Shop, Glam guests….All I know is I will NEVER buy AUTHENTIC designer goods in Nigeria when I can easily buy them when I go to the US or ask a friend who’s travelling to get them for me. Hell to the NO!

    • cleo May 3, 2012 at 10:57 am

      I can totally identify with you…i even hear Nigerians troop to china to buy first grade mac products and come to sell here…….nothing we no go see or hear….but Soibi congrats well done….

  • bisi May 3, 2012 at 8:25 am

    omg sometimes reading the comments on this blog the only conclusion i could reasonably come to is that some people are really stupid, spiteful and envious.its like y’all just want to see people going backward and suffering in poverty.
    just because the majority is poor and cant afford such goods does not mean there isn’t a group of people that can afford it. do you people really read the news, if you haven’t just know NIGERIA was among the op 10 growing economies worldwide, beating many european countries that some of you fools look up to. surely this must mean that there is money in the country which unfortunately doesn’t spread out evenly among the population. when it comes to business it really isn’t all about what you stock, its more about who you know, how good your quality is, the following you have and which market you an cater to. i bet there are people who would by from this lady just so they can say i bought from this store so why are you people drinking panadol for headache that the lady isn’t worrying about.
    Africans need to stop with this backward mentality that the whole continent is poor and people cant afford stuff. leave CNN and start listening to media outlets that portray the image of Africa in an unbiaseed way o coz surely some of the comments on this blog reflect the fact that their brainwashing is working
    have you people heard of Lilian Unachukwu’s LIAM FASHION AGENCY see the money she is making and the stock she has…the lady even shows pics of herself shopping. so r beg pple put on your thinking caps, its all abut finding a market and going for it so stop with the hating k, not all Africans are poor

    • Nana May 3, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      Speaking of Lilian Unachukwu, that girl stays dressed! I saw this photo on another blog of her wearing a Givenchy dress that was spotted on Fergie and Lala Vasquez (Kim K’s BFF)
      http://that1960chick.com/2012/04/25/lilian-unachukwu-vs-fergie-vs-lala-anthony-in-givenchy-resort-2012-dress-who-rocked-it-best/
      I don’t know how she makes her money but she can dress!
      Like the other commenters said though, how much of a margin are these stres expecting to make if the goods are a) original b) being obtained at retail value.
      LV, Hermes and Chanel do not resell or go on sale, so based on that I question the authenticity o. And BN readers just cos some of s question the authenticity and profitability of businesses such as these in Nigeria does not make us haters.
      #next

  • Nikki May 3, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Congrats Hype! a very classy event, well dressed guests, and i love the decor of the store…wish you the best of success!

  • U May 3, 2012 at 9:12 am

    My dear you can get good designer deals on outnet.com. Net a porters clearance website. There are also commissioned agents in Italy and Spain that have designer goods on the regulate. lV,Chanel, Hermes send to all these private commissioned agents. When a new season is launched. When you go into the luxury business, a way must open for you to get designer duds… siobi and hubby carry on… Leave all these Yankee peeps to keep on deceiving themselves abroad. Just cos you can’t afford it, doesn’t mean we here cannot.

  • U May 3, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Regular… My T9

  • dbaby May 3, 2012 at 9:31 am

    very beautiful n classy event …

  • fairangel May 3, 2012 at 9:49 am

    See class and style! I love the long yellow dress so much.

  • Couture By Makioba May 3, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Tight Kalabari chic..Soibi Ovia….i remember their wedding….she is from a well respected family in Abonnema-Kalabari -Rivers State…

  • LPS May 3, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Congrats love. Nice store and guest
    http://personalstuvs.blogspot.com

  • cool cat May 3, 2012 at 10:35 am

    “haters only hate themselves, not you; cos they wish they were you”. SO APT. if someone wants to buy loubs what is wrong with that? some people will buy a ticket abroad for $1000 upwards, is that not the price of an average pair of loubs? i know several people who will buy ticket and go to london with 300 pounds, only to buy 1 shoe, 2 primark tops and maybe 3 skirts. why waste money just to say you went to london and did not buy anything?

    now back to loubs, imagine you’re going for a wedding, and you get a gorgeous fabric, and your tailor did a number on your outfit, you’re looking gorgeous, make-up on point, you walk into the event all smiles, posing for every picture by every photographer…well thats how wearing good stuff feels. loubs can be replicated by other designers(especially the pigalle) but none has the red sole. there’s no price to making yourself feel good, there’s no price to confidence. its not about impressing anyone, its just how you feel inside. many of us like to be the cynosure of all eyes, others want to be the one’s staring from a distance. whatever category you find yourself, don’t complain.

    and to the people living in america on a 6-figure salary(i don’t know maths but even if its $100,000 = N16m, less tax u’re still @ close to 1m per month), i don’t see how you cannot buy a pair of loubs. you obviously won’t earn that salary and live in the projects, the only explanation would be that you choose to live in a more expensive house(meaning higher bills), drive a bigger car, etc, over wearing expensive shoes. personally i’d rather splurge on shoes than lie on a beach somewhere all in the name of holiday. different strokes for different folks.

    • Ginny May 3, 2012 at 11:24 am

      Cool Cat, I agree with you – the vast majority on here are haters who just wish they could afford all the designer brands in this shop and, more importantly, wish they belonged to the upper echelons of Lagos society (sad, but true).

      At the end of the day, people can spend their money how they like and its nobody’s business whether or not they want to travel to london/NY/Dubai etc to buy things or stay in Lagos. Simples.

      But for me sha, from looking at the pics of this event one things that really strikes me is that lagosians are obsessed with labels. How can you measure your happiness and confidence by whether or not you wore a pair of designer shoes to a social event?? As in…to me, that is so vapid and vain. Anyway sha, thats the society that we live in and I genuinely think its too late (unless God himself intervenes!) to change the mindset of most nigerian ladies.

      I wish the owner of the business all the best and I think she’ll make a tidy amount of money, at least in the near futher while the hype (pardon the pun) is still active.

      As for whether or not she’s selling fakes…well only she can know the truth. Personally, would much rather invest in a designer hand bag from the source itself (Prada store etc) where I will obtain a receipt from them, some sort of warranty and an authentification card. If there is an imperfection in the leather nko?? and I discover this 6 months down the line? will HYPE be willing to offer a full refund or an exchange? (this very scenario happened to my mother and she took the bag right back to the prada concession in Selfridges and they replaced the bag for her, no questions).

      anyway, the long and short is that I genuinely wish this business all the best and the people who want to shop there will do just that. but like I said, there is a wider social issue which is an unhealthy obsession with designer labels and coveting what others have.

    • Nana May 3, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Ur comment “i know several people who will buy ticket and go to london with 300 pounds, only to buy 1 shoe, 2 primark tops and maybe 3 skirts. why waste money just to say you went to london and did not buy anything”
      Please whats wrong with doing this? Not everyone goes to London to shop?
      Gosh Nigerians are so materialistic. This is why our young girls are laying on their backs for anyone who will buy them a blackberry, ipad and things of the sort.
      This keeping up with the jones’ mentality is killing us!

    • gimmer May 3, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      lmao..you obviously never been to the US, and i doubt you have relatives who’s lived here. the tax system is progressive…the more you make, the more you pay in taxes. you also pay healthcare insurance. no we don’t have aristos here to buffer our lifestyle. ok? we don’t get bribes through work as supplemental income ok? nor do we get to sell brazilian hair in the office and other panda dubai jewlery as side income. so even if ur argument is true that net of taxes, you have 1 Million Naira let in a month (whihc is not true actually) anyone with a brain and with a plan for her future wouldn’t splurge that on chanel and loubies just to keep up with the jones. the difference between us in the states and you gbogbo bis gals in nigeria is that if push comes to shove, you will sell your body and still maintain your lifestyle. we don’t have that option here…taht’s why we save. the average nigerian based in the US might have $50,000 save up, along side 401K, social security and other investments. You lagos big girls can only boast of latest fashion and taht’s it. not even a plot of land in surulere…all na buying things u can’t afford owing gbese all over the island. u buy bleaching cream, u buy peruvian hair, u buy gold, then aso ebi everywhere…no wonder most of u need a sugar daddy or do yahoo yahoo to balance things out.

      • Omo September 19, 2012 at 12:52 am

        Lmaooooo!!!!! ………..You are killing me here oh!!!

    • grubs May 7, 2012 at 3:46 am

      cool cat = ignorance once in a while dear try to enlighten yourself by talking to people who live outside the country on how income works and what priority means

  • Mak Nisy CEO May 3, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Lovely pictures and congrats to the owners…their shop is so organised and neat and the guest look fab..
    PS: one of my handmade bags was featured and its been carried by the guest in the middle of this picture. http://cdn.bellanaija.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/IMG_4988.jpg
    my product are handmade by me and I make bags, shoes, accessories and corporate items with African and continental fabrics. My bags are affordable and there is something for everyone. please check our website on http://www.maknisy.com.ng

    • MrsD May 3, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      oh yea!! Nice of you to plug in your website too, cos I actually loved that bag when i saw it, great stuff!

  • Priscy May 3, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Plz ppl stop hating and criticizing joor….thumbs up Hype. If e easy, go open ur own shop

  • Cece May 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Yayyyyyy! there goes my medical Doctor looking all fab! she is the beautiful lady spotting a black and yellow print top on a pair of fabulous looking Jeggins. *whooptidoooooo*

  • kimbim May 3, 2012 at 12:58 pm
  • Bee May 3, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    The person that said she earns 6 figures in yankee but can’t afford LV or Loubies must be a serious joker. Yes mortgage, child care, insurance and all that great stuff, earning 6 figures will buy you loubies and LV and chanel, throw in a couple of tory burch purses too. I know what I am saying.. Personally, I know someone who earns 6 figures, pays for child care, single parent, paying mortgage etc and every time i turn around, she has bought a new pair of loubies. Well, I guess it depends on what part of the US you;re living. Let me not judge.

    The store looks absolutely classy. I pray for growth and profit for the store owner.

    • Nana May 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      Your comment is so stupid! So she’s a joker cos she earns 6 figures and can’t afford loubies. Do you know what other financial commitments she has.
      I swear some of y’all need a reality check. Cos buying loubies and the like isn’t life

    • gimmer May 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      are you sure the person you know in yankee hasn’t added medicare yahooo plus on the side? cos trust me it makes no darn sense. Nigerians in Houston, Maryland, Georgia and New York (for the msot part) can’t be trusted when it comes to their source of income. medicaid and medicare and real estate yahoo is real in the US.

  • christy May 3, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Lol @ trademark peacock hairstyle.wat s d guy into?

  • Missy May 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Love love love the store, beautiful and classy just like the owner….
    …Dont hate people, simply appreciate… keep your 2cents to yourselves…
    Nice one Soibi, you and Victor look absolutely gorgeous… xxx

  • ms pretty May 3, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I agree wt most comments about how they make their sales, am not hating but just wondering, I know Nigerians v loads of cash to throw around but these stores r so many – oops if i can afford a LV or Gucci – i’ll rather step into their store and buy myself d real deal, like i dd for my LV n southy and i was able to get my tax back as a visitor, its no big deal
    a friend told me how this couple n lekki does all these fake designers from china and they sold her 2 bags and she could swear they were original until she noticed d finishing inside one of d bags one day and she confronted her and she confessed, meanwhile those came wt dust bags, authe cards and what have u – China no go kill person but for me anytime am outside d country i save for my designers,no be food now, so it can wait and i heard Nordstrom, Neiman marcus, saks sells authe too, peeps from yankie pls confirm *smile*
    and in btw if u live and work n yankee & u r on 2/2wks per month makes a pay u cannot buy 5loubs n a year, no matter how hard u try, the bills r killing meeen so I can relate wt that

  • oyin May 3, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    @ cool cat well well spoken, fine HYPE might actually be HYPED but trust me its not a market for the common peeps, I went hanging out at a club recently (name withheld) and a boy (not man sef) bought a whole Fridge and I repeat a whole FRIDGE filled with moet, you might think its madness but thats his own trips, I drive a car my peeps might see as expensive but it gives me butterflies when I step out and guys check me and my ride out, so am sure Designer lovers will kill to shop at HYPE.. if you cant afford it now dont condemn or hate, wait till you can and you dont then we can be having this discussion again.

  • Doubie May 3, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    awwww! simply gorgeous!! proud of you Soibi. More grease to your elbows… PH well represented.. So Jack and Victor..i see u! loads of beautiful people and hawwwwttt stuff….lush event

  • Observer May 3, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    All these people attacking Nigerians living in the US should stop. Nigerians don’t like the truth. We think spending money on the latest luxury goods is what defines the good life and who we are, but that is far from the truth. Just because you earn it doesn’t mean you should be irresponsible with your income… especially if you worked hard for it. I spoke to someone I know is in the less than 10% of elite Nigerians about this, and he said truly even if she were to sell to every super rich Nigerian it still wouldn’t be enough to make a profit. The best way she can make a profit is if she’s selling to corporate entities or those bribing high government officials who won’t stop at nothing to achieve their aim. Again I say wasteful spending! Instead of using our money to develop our selves, and our country we’re spending money on things that in a years time will lose their value.

    I live in the US and even if I made $1M a year I would find solid investments first before running after LVs and CL. I actually like luxury products as I own a few myself but I would put personal investment before them.

    • ao May 3, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      Another honest comment from an exposed person. These people attacking those of us in the US are the same people that will hustle you for money when you travel to Nigeria and tell you one long stupid story about their wasteful life in order to collect dollars from you. Most are mad at us living in the US because they can’t get visa to come to the US and would sell their next of kin down the river to have a baby in a “Yankee” hospital as they like to call it. Based on my savings plan, I probably have more money in my bank account, than most of these so-called people that allegedly buy luxury goods on a regular.

      • Lattisse May 3, 2012 at 7:39 pm

        hhahahhaha…or is it the oncs that send you a list of mac cosmetics to buy for them. they get the color right, the quantity right, and the packaging descrption…they just cant get the wire transfer right. damn oshofrees…all my useless friends in naija alway sasking me to buy this buy that from Nordstrom but they just have a hard time paying. you buy all the junk for them, now they want you fedex it from Maryland to Houston overnight delivery to one mumu going to lagos tomorrow …when you tell them how much overnight shipping is PLUS Taxes, they pause, hang up and run out of credit to call back. stop forcing urself to be island babe. not by force

    • Seymour May 3, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      What are you all on about?? So because Nigerians in Nigeria can afford to buy luxury goods it suddenly means they are irresponsible with their money? If you can’t afford it, don’t be mad at those who can. So you’ve invested in shares and properties? Clap for yourself. Who said the people who shop here haven’t? You guys need to calm down with the sanctimonious tone though. It’s not that serious. TO EACH THEIR OWN. All these expatriated Nigerians sha.

  • heeba May 3, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    BN see the wahala you have caused i suggest that when you post events you should label by the side suggested advisory veiwing (For the Poor) (For the average) (For the Rich) (For the ole’s and runs gals)

    • lola May 3, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      Gosh I wish I could LOVE your comment.
      Very apt.

  • Me2me May 3, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Bella una follow me see comment way follow this Hype boutique. Nawa ooooo. I like their stuffs. If u luk well ul realise she is not over stocked. But wait first make i ask una ooo, these pple way they claim replica, do you think 1st grade replica is cheap sef. Omo don’t dull oo, its like quarter of the price which some of u can still not afford.

  • AL May 3, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I luv your comment AO, I also earn a six figure salary and can definitely identify with what you are saying. I luv designer bags and have a couple of them but I put in careful thought before I go ahead and purchase one. Madam “I really day” ur comment is ignorant and typical of the functionally illiterate ladies strolling around the streets of Lagos. What AO is trying to tell you is there are people who can afford these “luxuries” but choose to prioritize based on other responsibilities. anyways I wont expect you to understand that. U are probably on ur back most of the time trying to get the money to buy them.

  • REALLY? May 3, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Yes the store is beautiful, Yes only less than 10% can afford what she sells, Kudos to her for the effort in doing this, Everyone leave them alone stop arguing and start doing something worth talking about… If you are so concerned that Nigerians are opening luxury stores when clearly we are in a horrible state, then start doing something that is worth it, like making sure hospitals have constant light and simple things like gloves and water, making sure the streets are clean, donating to non profit organizations that care for women and children, making sure school children have books or a decent meal to eat everyday… of cos no one will wear LV or channel to support you and you will probably not make it to BN but you will make a DIFFERENCE to people rather than arguing about people who can or cannot afford luxury items. I am working on it…what about you?

  • Miss Pepeye May 3, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    The lady with the green glitter Louboutins…. All i gat is 3 words,. Kai….. Kai….. Kai!!!

  • Dee May 3, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    OMG!gimmer you are a woman right after my heart! yes o! All these naija girls will rock chanel by fir and by force and pay the gbese over 12 months to pay in cash or find a sugar daddy to pay in kind. @ Makena or whatever your name is…..i really shouldnt respond to your jibe abot not being able to afford stuff cause you dont know me and you dont know what i am worth but i will anyway….I could probably pay your annual salary and your lil boyfriends salary too.
    @ the other lady that said i comb outlets…dont be daft! Thats not an indication of the size of my wallet. It just means i am more sensible than you are. I dont have to wear and fix my income. Its about being sensible and prudent. Afterall, your kids would not give your loubs and stuff to get into Eton. Again i will like to educate you on outlets…its not just ex-season. They are called outlets as they carry ex season, over stock and current season stock. Babes get an education on the world outside of what you read on google. I am not hating the hype owner, i actually think she looks good and shes done well with her store and her stock might as well be authentic. I just doubt authenticity of luxury stores in naija. Its my opinion and last time i checked i had a right to it

  • Dee May 3, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    @ Makema……I just went over this again…Maybe it’s your creditcard/student debts still swallowing all your income or you’re living in a house that’s too big/ care that’s too expensive/costly daycare. Because with a 6 fig. income and ur expenses, you should be able to buy 1 LV bag & 3-6 Louboutins every 1-1.5 yrs………………….Are you completely ignorant or just simply a ‘blondie’, Your reference to 1LV bag and 3 loubs in 1 year makes you sound like your self worth is attached to what you have on. Its a bit sad really. Why should anyone make it a ‘point of duty’ to buy a certain amount of luxury goods in a year like thier life and social worth depends on it. Or were you simply deprived as a child and suddenly being able to access these things thru your apparent sugar daddy moves has made you go a lil bit dullally?
    Abeg behave urself jo!

  • Dee May 3, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Yeah, madam ‘just a guest’ I wasnt hating and yes i will very much stick to my outlets and private flash sales sites…..again an expression of opinion does not necessarily mean ‘hate/envy. I dont know how poeples; thinking can be so narrow. Anywayz….while you are busy sporting your new season must have piece of lux…….I will probably be busy chasing you around for rent money….hahahahahahahahahaaa. Abeg let me stick to my outlets if it means i get to put a roof over ur head or invest in a business that would employ you and put food on ur table

  • iamfascinating May 3, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    i love the look!

  • nk May 4, 2012 at 2:26 am

    i see PORT HARCOURT everywhere..:D..SO JACK,i see u

  • Nonnie May 4, 2012 at 6:51 am

    i love the store. well done, God bless you in your work. people will always critize and half of them have nothing, or will never achieve what you achieved.

  • nwamara May 4, 2012 at 7:36 am

    UNA no dey tire…The only thing u get from pointless arguments are headaches and high blood pressure..Every 1 here has a point but d least u can do is being civil when trying to enlighten odas…Seriously no 1 likes a SMARTASS!!!!!

  • anonymous me May 4, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Keep analysing while she smiles to the bank. Nigerians can hate

  • nkelly May 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Nice shop and beautiful people, well done

  • oyin May 4, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    @heeba am rolling on the floor laughing oo *your comment is so on point*

  • Bex May 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Love the decor! Wonder if they’ll serve champagne while customers are trying stuff on……

  • erica May 4, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    OMG! the decor is exquisite.. you can never go wrong with black, white, red and grey…. awesome. http://labellehairandbeauty.blogspot.com/

  • Just a guest May 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    @dee, got u didn’t I? lWKMD!!! I see u didn’t laugh at my comment. That will teach you some sense. You do not come to a public forum and without being to a store declare that their goods are not authentic. Now u know how soibi must feel after going all out to make sure everything in her store is authentic, u seat in your flat share ,letting out your rooms and say she stocks fake goods without knowing her. Like I said, I can’t afford the items in the store but that doesn’t give me a right to hate!! Learn to respect others in public forums is all I have to say! On another note, why is it people who live abroad keep beefing over chicks in naija and their runs. I just wonder.

  • U May 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    But wait oh. This comments hasnt still finished??? All these Nigerians outchea in the U.S claiming 6figure salaries, who d he’ll are you all deceiving? So where are those of you with the menial jobs? Last time I checked you work 12 midnight to 12midnight daily. Come on this forum be talking shit. Abusing Nigerian ladies working hard here. Just be happy for the owner of the shop and pray that sone day you too can lay foundations for a booming business like this. 6figure ko , 6figure Niiii…..

  • deola May 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Good work bukky selective interiors sky is your starting point

  • +velyPositive May 8, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I come on Bella Naija to appreciate the beauty of weddings, fashion and lifestyles in Nig. The site sure enlightens me on how Nig is advancing and definitely no way behind.

    However, the comments get me the most. They make me laugh, sometimes get me upset, get me thinking “wow! I did not think about that one”

    After this rollercoaster experience, I recognize that my view is only one of the many differing viewpoints out there. Talk about diversity.

    I don’t usually do this, but I will this time – @Gimmer, I have read a few of your comments here and elsewhere. Take a moment to rethink your thought process and what you project to the world.

  • suzzie abbey July 8, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    good work done

  • mamana November 20, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Her stuff is AUTHENTIC I HAD MINE APPRAISED!!! The reason I like her shop is cos wen am traveling I might not have 50,000 dolls to shop at once so she allows me to put down a deposit on items I luv and wen am done I come pick up my stuff no hassle. She does that for her friends and that’s why her store sells cas if u r buying online u must pay at once for all ur products at once. My motto is 3 luxurybags and 3 luxury shoes a year and its like a child who has been given candy. Iam obsessed with luxury items and the good thing for me I have a place I sell old designs and still get good money always better than buying 15pieces of 20k shoes and at the end of the day throw them away or give them out. I’d rather have my 3 shoes a year and I collect so my wardrobe is my candy store. Leave her alone and you shouldn’t be shocked she is an OVIA and trust me her crowd can afford it.

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