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I get questions all the time about why I started this blog and what I tell people is that I wanted to highlight and celebrate young Nigerian women who are doing fabulous things and in turn encourage others to pursue their ambitions.

The Leila Fowler store celebrated its launch event last week and the buzz has been incredible.
During several conversations I have had over the past week, the name Leila Fowler has come up so many times. Now I see why!

Leila Fowler is what I like to call a ‘fashion destination’, a boutique clothing and jewellery retailer based in Lagos. From the twinkling lights that adorn the ceiling to the framed personal photographs that line the shelves and of course, the fab clothes and jewellery. You don’t get the feeling that you are in yet another store, instead, you feel as though you are in your dream closet.

It is a project launched by Funke Fowler and in her words, ‘I wanted a boutique which reflected the effort and thought that had been put into it and also made each client feel special each time they walked through the door. It was very important for me to have an eclectic mix of designers that represent various styles and trends from places both near and far not forgetting to showcase work from very talented homegrown designers. I have heard it said that sometimes that special outfit adds a little something extra to our special moments and occasions, hopefully many of these special moments and occasions will be shared in beautiful pieces found in the store’

Check out the photos from the launch and be sure to visit Leila Fowler when you are in Lagos. Visit the Leila Fowler Site – HERE Guests included Mrs. Leila Fowler, Moyo and Bode Makanjuola, Michelle Udezue (Bobby Taylor PR, Snr. PR consultant), Lamide Lawson, Nina Agwuna, Muka Nwokedi etc..

I’m sooo proud! I luv the interior. Good luck to Funke.
Be Inspired!


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  1. The Life of a Stranger called me

    April 9, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Wow, I will be sure to drop by when in Lagos. Well done Funke.

  2. Bobby

    April 9, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Amazing things happen everyday…i am second!!!

    I am so proud of Funke Fowler…this store is amazing. The interior, the clothing…sigh!

    Look at the fabulous dresses by Peridot n Ruby and co! The Jewelry…

    Plus we are proud to have been represented at the event by our U.S. PR Consultant Michelle!

    Funke I AM PROUD!

    Bobby Taylor!

  3. Bobby

    April 9, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    I am just so happy we have a high end store in naija…fantasticccc!

    **I am third…

  4. funmi

    April 9, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    yay! top ten???

  5. Anonymous

    April 9, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    bella, do you know if this piece is by peridot and ruby?

    wouldn’t put it past them. they’re THAT hot. sighhhhhh.

    big things, leila fowler!!!! i’m def. paying leila fowler a visit this summer. i love what i see! top notch layout, fabulous pieces…get it, funke! GET IT 🙂


  6. Anonymous

    April 9, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    I love my Mama!!!! Mrs Leila Fowler has always been an inspiration to me and all the things she taught us in VF contributed greatly to me achieving all that I have. I am proud of Funke Fowler and I am 4th!

  7. BrownSugar

    April 9, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Yes Bella, ur goal for this blog is definitely being acheived. I’m on the receiving end and I really appreciste the info, fun and education I get here. I’m more inspired to give my best when I see young ladies doing just that. Thanxx Bella.

  8. Dammie

    April 9, 2008 at 8:38 pm


    …and am so proud to be a VF Alumni… we are amazing, can’t wait to shop at Leila Fowler!! The Store looks soo nice…ABOUT TIME!!

  9. Bee

    April 9, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    I am very proud of Funke, the store looks amazing… u go on girl with ur FAB self!!!

  10. Sugabelly

    April 9, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    I LOVE IT!!!!!!

    Yay to pretty things!!!

    *does rain dance around her dorm bed*


  11. Olanna

    April 10, 2008 at 12:18 am

    WOW thats just awesome!!!
    I’m so proud of Nigerians, the detail is just too amazing! Can’t wait to visit the store.

    Always thought Mrs Williams story was just too Hilarious…
    Nice one bella.

  12. Anonymous

    April 10, 2008 at 1:29 am

    soo impressive. I am so proud of her and i dont even know her. This is so good.

  13. Pink-satin

    April 10, 2008 at 3:52 am

    job well done!!!funke is so pretty ,her store looks fabulous..good luck to her

  14. Omosewa

    April 10, 2008 at 4:34 am

    I really really likes…congrats to the young lady. Im inspired!

  15. Unbiased

    April 10, 2008 at 9:17 am

    I want to shop online. I just may move back to nigeria for the shopping rights. lol!!
    Good work bella. Loading all them pics must have taken ages.

  16. Anonymous

    April 10, 2008 at 10:33 am

    lovely,lovely,lovely… wish her all the very best and hope her label sticks around for years to come!! her folks must be soo proud!!

    Yeahhhhhh-I can Mrs Gebmi Odusote ina couple of the pics!!my fave lecturer from Law School!

  17. Ifeomaadiagwuagwu

    April 10, 2008 at 11:08 am

    It’s nice.

    Bella, thanks.

  18. chetablog

    April 10, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Ok. PR people let the woman’s work and pictures provided do the talking. You have done your job now stay out of it and let the public speak otherwise it sounds and looks contrieved.

    Congrats to Ms. Fowler

  19. Aijay

    April 10, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Congrats Funke!
    Job well done.

  20. Naijagal

    April 10, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    lovely store nice post bella. Funke kudos to you and keep it up encouraging up and coming designers!

  21. Naija Sutra

    April 10, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    you go funke!!!!!

  22. Anonymous

    April 10, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    Another way to put exorbitant price tags on other wise affordable fashion. anyway i guess all these stores in lagos feed off the egos of women who need material things to make them feel good.

  23. Godisalive

    April 10, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    more grease 2 ur elbow. May God grant u tonnes of success and fulfilment in this new venture

  24. soupasexy

    April 10, 2008 at 8:19 pm


  25. Bhookey

    April 10, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    the babe is so pretty tho, looks like a very nice boutique!!!!

  26. Anonymous

    April 10, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Very nice. I will definitely drop by while in Lagos. We need more places like this all over the country.

  27. BeautyinBaltimore

    April 11, 2008 at 6:56 am

    This is a fly store. The pics re very nice too. I need someone to take me to Naija pronto.

  28. FI

    April 11, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    @anonymous 7:15….WHY?

    anyhoo Funke has brought something different to Lagos..She has set a mark which can rival international boutiques. I wish her the best…and I hope that this is for the long Haul….more blessings unto her and all others who are venturing into business!!!XX

  29. Anonymous

    April 11, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    On first instinct, I would have agreed with Anon 7:51 that he/she has a point. however in this case he/she is clearly speaking outta their ass! How about you try googling the brands she showcases at the store and tell us if u can afford to shop these items on a regular basis here in the US, where Im assuming you are based out of?

  30. Hair Azara

    April 11, 2008 at 6:37 pm


  31. Dimples

    April 11, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Well done Funke ….keep up the good work…

    Mama must be so so proud…..VF defiantely was a learning curve.

    Nice one Bella

  32. Catwalq

    April 12, 2008 at 2:50 am

    we cannot comment on the more recent post

  33. Anonymous

    April 12, 2008 at 5:03 pm

  34. NigerianDramaQueen

    April 12, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    So this is the Funke Fowler I always heard about my VF days…I wish her well. Awww Mama Fowler, its been a while

  35. Anonymous

    April 14, 2008 at 5:54 am

  36. Uzo

    April 14, 2008 at 8:01 am

    Looks fab. Will definitely be checking out the store soon. On the Onna premiere in Lagos…..where will the bags be available?

  37. Overwhelmed Naija Babe

    April 14, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    absolutely gorgeous stuff.. i never shopped in Nigeria when i went.. was too busy ‘experiencing’… perhaps when i go back this time i’ll check it out… keep doing what you do bella.. we Love it

  38. Anonymous

    April 15, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    GREAT job funke……the best part is her hair is ALL hers!!! *sigh* what else can a woman ask for

  39. Ms.B.

    April 16, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Man, I love this blog.

    Now I have yet another reason for visiting Nigeria.


    April 18, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Ok so on my list of things to do is to visit that store when i am in naija….love the concept and peridot and ruby.. OMG…love them

  41. Anonymous

    April 21, 2008 at 2:45 pm


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