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House of Henri in collaboration with the Fashion and Art Academy rollout workshop for aspiring fashion designers

House of Henri on the platform of Fashion and Art Academy, its training and skills empowerment arm, recently held a capacity building workshop for fashion designers.



Henrietta Agboola of House of Henri and Lisa Folawiyo of Jewel by Lisa with participants of the workshop

House of Henri via the Fashion and Art Academy platform, its training and skills empowerment arm, recently held a capacity building workshop for fashion designers. The one day workshop which had many students and alumni of Fashion and Art academy as well as other fashion designers in attendance was themed “Taking your Fashion Business to the Next Level (Opportunities for Funding and Marketing)”.

Speakers at the workshop included Lisa Folawiyo of Jewel by Lisa, Bassey Essien of International Style Week Ltd, Fola Akinmolayan of Neo-2, Fate Foundation and Cedar Microfinance Bank. In her presentation, Lisa Folawiyo told the story of how she was able to turn a hobby into a nationally celebrated and an internationally recognized brand. Bassey Essien on the other hand enlightened participants on the importance of marketing their businesses and enumerated the steps they could take to access the N100 billion fund allocated by the government to revamp the Cotton, Textile and Garment industry which is being managed by the Bank of Industry. Fola Akinmolayan’s presentation focused on how fashion designers can leverage the vast opportunities of the web for branding their businesses and marketing their products and services. The representative of Fate Foundation spoke on the importance of business training while Kehinde Bakare of Cedar Microfinance Bank enlightened on how participants could take advantage of the funding opportunities his bank offered.

A major side attraction at the event was a fashion show and competition by the students of Fashion and Art Academy supported by Da Viva, a leading textile company. The 27 piece runway showcase of styles in DaViva prints was a display of the creativity of the budding fashion designers at their best. The show which had a male and female segment was dubbed “The Reality Fashion Show” because the students modeled the clothes they produced themselves. The effect was that of various shapes and sizes of models on the runway which represented regular figures which many people in the audience could relate with. The collection ranged from ready-to-wear accessorized pieces to couture pieces with patchwork including tops and bottoms, dresses, gowns and evening wear. At the end of the show Osas Olumese emerged the most outstanding designer for the female category while Kenneth Efia emerged the most outstanding designer for the male segment. The winners were offered scholarship by Fate Foundation for a 2 week business training programme.

Henrietta Agboola

Speaking at the workshop, Henrietta Agboola the CEO of House of Henri and Head of Faculty at Fashion and Art Academy spoke on the need for fashion designers to acquire strong technical skills as well as sound business knowledge if they are to make outstanding successes of their businesses. She explained that Fashion and Art Academy had already empowered thousands of people with strong technical skills but it was now time to balance this with sound business knowledge. She informed that the workshop was the first in a series of planned quarterly workshops and was inspired by the desire to help fashion designers understand better the business side of fashion. She revealed that the approach was to bring participants in contact with industry stakeholders who have access to information which they can leverage on to take their businesses to the next level. She informed that the next workshop slated for December will equally be an information packed experience.


Photos from the House of Henri Workshop

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  1. omoba

    October 12, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    i love Lisa ..she is just adorable…first to comment by the way

  2. FL1 TZ

    October 13, 2010 at 8:53 am


  3. Adaku

    October 13, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Oya, BN give Omoba the trophy sharpish. Smh, first to comment ko, first to comment ni.

    • omoba

      October 13, 2010 at 12:07 pm


    • lola

      October 14, 2010 at 9:42 am


    • N.VIXEN

      October 14, 2010 at 10:53 pm


  4. Amour

    October 13, 2010 at 11:47 am

    I think Lisa is amazing. Love her designs 🙂

  5. simi

    October 13, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Osas weldone….dat is awesome

  6. Mrs.RagaBlueberrymuffin

    October 13, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    great initiative

  7. jones odia

    April 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    i want to enrole at your school of fashion i am based in kano i have little skills about sewing but will want to be perfect i love everithing about you guys .jones 08168150065

  8. nwamara patricia

    July 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    i love fashion and i have alittle knowledge of fashion and dress making, but i dont know how. 08068129257

  9. Rimi Hope

    December 2, 2011 at 2:52 am

    I am currently a corper serving in Imo State. I would love to enroll in your academy early next year to learn fashion designing. Pls can I get details of the cost,duration and other necessary requirements?

  10. Azeezat Salau

    April 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Please I will be moving to Lagos soon and I will like to enrol in a good fashion school/academy. I have heard so much about House of Henri,kindly let me know the cost implication of learning from you,the duration and all other prerequisite. Also where is your school located? I will be staying in Ketu Ikosi Area.
    Please I will be expecting your response.

  11. Elizabeth ogunyemi

    June 26, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I want 2 apply in faa,how nd when shld i.and what is the cost nd procedure 2 take

  12. Dosunmu Fatimah

    June 26, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Pls I nEed to ungrade ma sewing after school before goin for service next year wil b endin ma programme by sept / oct. Need full details about d way ur academy is run , cost ,phone number and other neccessary updates.Thanx

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