Scottish Based Nigerian owned Luxury Brand – NKILI Launches its Spring/Summer Collection “Seeing Beautiful Things” On its Online Store

NKILI – A Scottish based Nigerian Owned Luxury brand has launched its Spring/Summer Collection – “Seeing Beatiful Things” on the NKILI online store –

NKILI meaning “Seeing Beautiful Things” is a women’s luxury shirt making brand focused on highlighting the single most important garment in a wardrobe – the shirt. NKILI designs prints and produces the most beautifully crafted silk shirts that people will treasure. Each piece goes on a journey, from design and print to production, nurtured by the highly skilled production team in Scotland. The process of combining tonal hand drawing with traditional silk screen printing and hand painting techniques on pure silk makes each piece unique.

Creative Director, Tolani Nkili Onajide was raised in Lagos, London and Oxford. She studied Architecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London and the University of Dundee School of Architecture, Scotland. She then won awards and support from business organisations; Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust and Cultural Enterprise Office for NKILI.

The Spring/Summer Collection “Seeing Beautiful Things”,  is influenced by one of the leaders of modern Architecture – Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe’s minimalist design style. He adopted the “less is more” approach and arranged the necessary components of a building to create an impression of extreme simplicity. By highlighting the shirt in its pure form, without distraction,the progressive beauty and craft can be seen. All shirts and Scarves are hand crafted in Scotland by NKILI.
View the Collection

NKILI is currently available for sale on and Pieces from the collection will also be available for sale at the NKILI Launch Party in Lagos on Saturday 26th May 2012 at The White Space, 58 Raymond Njoku, Ikoyi, Lagos from 2 PM – 10 PM.

Watch the NKILI Collections Video Ad

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Photography – Jonathan Pryce (
Video 1 – Jonathan Pryce
Video 2 – Ross Fraser McLean (
Hair – Blu Hair Salon
Make-Up – Makeup by Tanya
Models – Safi, Lema, Jane, Lilly and Aimee
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38 Comments on Scottish Based Nigerian owned Luxury Brand – NKILI Launches its Spring/Summer Collection “Seeing Beautiful Things” On its Online Store
  • signature April 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    simple n wearable collection, me likey! plus its interesting that he used fleshy models, nice!…its easier to relate, that way we know how the outfit “really’ looks wen u put it on, no b to by something come dey regret hahah! 😀

  • Bolanle April 24, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    i just saw this on onenigerianboys blog. i love the designs and style of the shirts etc and would love to invest but £80 is a bit outside of my price range of what i can afford…especially on one item. But maybe if a decide to treat myself coz i do see myself rocking a few of them, and the head pieces! 😀

  • Pamela April 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I like

  • Simya April 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Nice and simple. The prices are ridiculous though. You can get these from a high street store for quarter the price

  • dat Chick April 24, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    such a sad looking shoot …my dayz!!!esp d pic were they stood behind d branch like wall with their fingers sticking out ….they looked like they were held hostage and famished….. I understand the whimsical thing….but Country Sad, Lonely Londoners or the sad and hungry girls Theme … for the actual collection dainty and pretty but very played!!! Zara, Country Road SS 2011

  • Sugabelly April 24, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Problem – Nkili does not mean Seeing Beautiful Things.

    Nkili means Watching.

    Kili = Watch

    Fu = See

    Seeing Beautiful Things = Ifu Ife Oma

    • co April 24, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      Sugabelly oma, dalu so!!!!!!

    • Ada beke April 27, 2012 at 7:49 am

      Actually Nkili means to compliment, flatter or praise. Similar to Nto ( as in naetochukwu.) opposite of Nkili is Nkoto

      • Sugabelly April 28, 2012 at 4:59 pm

        Nope. It doesn’t. The infinitive of Nkili is Ikili = to watch.

        The root of Nkoto is Iko = to talk ( about ).

        There is no grammatical relationship.

    • pi April 29, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      thanku ooo unless itss not igbo but if its meant to be igbo then nkili means watching or to watch. u can fool ndi ocha but dont bring those kind lies here

  • Nkili April 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    my name sake…i love

  • Wura April 24, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I love! The colours are lush and the items are so feminine!

  • Bolanle April 24, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Bolanle April 24, 2012 at 1:38 PM
    i just saw this on onenigerianboys blog. i love the designs and style of the shirts etc and would love to invest but £80 is a bit outside of my price range of what i can afford…especially on one item. But maybe if a decide to treat myself coz i do see myself rocking a few of them, and the head pieces!

  • moi! April 24, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    @sugabelly, i concur.

  • Knonye April 24, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Lovely colour combos and design…..meLikey. thumbs up!!! plus the models are not skinny so i know i can wear and rock ‘nkili’ s summer collection(s). Xx

  • joinmecelebrate April 24, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    our celebs needs some of these turtleneck designs. lovely i must say!

  • OmoBolanle April 24, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    The collection is nice but a bit boring to me personally. But it is very wearable, which is always a bonus. A commercial collection I would say

  • faith April 24, 2012 at 7:56 pm


  • TemiTope April 24, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    i understand why you lot are complianing about the prices, but these shirts are made of pure silk and are hand printed. They are made to be exclusive pieces, not the regular shirt you can buy from new look. in my opinion…. this is absolutely Beautiful! stunning i must say! well done Tolani.

    • byemyemc April 25, 2012 at 12:59 am

      Well said TemiTope! HAND PRINTED PURE SILK is not cheap. This is luxury people so the price is definitely reasonable, especially when compared to how much some people are willing to part with for simple ankara stuff which, to be honest, my tailor can sew. This one, my tailor no fit!

  • T April 24, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    well done Tolani!

  • jmayaki April 25, 2012 at 6:42 am

    ummmmmmm im not clear as to what beauty im supposed to be seeing here oo. the only thing i like are the models. they are not size “nothing”,this goes a long way to relate to customers. anyone cam rock their products. as for the products……………………. no comments

  • Priscy April 25, 2012 at 10:08 am

    No comment

  • burnt April 25, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Very boring pls……

  • man eater April 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    I’m suprised at Bellanaijarians. Its amazing the way we bring people down. These clothes are beautiful, its one thing appreciating them and moving on if we know we wouldn’t be able to afford them. It’s another to put the designer down. Kai, calling the designs all sorts of names won’t add any value to our lives.
    When i used to come on BN to see those criticisms i thought that maybe the designs weren’t up to taste or it was being done constructively but over and over i’ve noticed with dismay that it is a clear case of ‘put him/her down syndrome’. It’s not fair, there’s no designer that is put up here that we appreciate.
    And for the record i don’t know this designer from anywhere, for those that’ll say i’m her voltron. Pls let’s learn to appreciate.

  • mekhi phifa April 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Jelosy go killllllll una chai!

  • toyosi April 25, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    these is a nice collection. very simple pieces with different model. I like that they look different in the sense that, they all show off their imperfection without being photoshopped.

  • iamfascinating April 25, 2012 at 8:41 pm
  • Mak Nisy CEO April 25, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    well said Man eater… why people feel they need to put down others hand work i just cant understand.. leave constructive comments if you qualified to do so and move on if not just move really.. these are lovely creations sure… i love the pleats….

  • je April 25, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    there is not a time i come to this bella naija and dont see ooo boring ohh sad models ..what exactly do you nigerians want ??? it gets really annoying…for crying out loud this is gorgeous different from what other nigerian designers make please oh great bella naija readers tell us what you want so these designers can give it to you all you do is to complain go put a piece together first before you start blabbering kmt -_- and even the models are they meant to open teeth like donkey before ??? they are selling the clothes and accessories not their face gawa jare carry ya negativity somewhere else or be civilized and encourage this designers in a positive way so they can meet younwaa demand :/ bella naija i think you should ask your readers what exactly they want so they can pin their mouth the complaint too much you neva satisfied :p

  • afooma April 26, 2012 at 12:41 am

    if you cant do any better don’t talk jorrr! hisss

  • Janded April 26, 2012 at 7:26 am
  • Audrey April 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Interesting and unique. The line is simple, but tasteful and cool. I just love something like that. It gives you fresh feeling. Between, Love all the models. They have very healthy look with elegant elements in them. Well done.

  • Olivia April 26, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Hmmm, I honestly can’t see the beauty here. They look like sad girls trapped in a thriller dream.

  • Biola April 28, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Really nice, chic and elegant. Love the models too.

  • Muse Origins April 29, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I love their blouses. So fluttery and girly and chic

  • kimbim May 8, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    simply beautiful, bit of retro going on lurv it

  • Mamzee May 27, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Oo ooh, I just looove the name, “Nkili”. All of you doing Igbo lesson, abeg, leave matter, face the matter! The clothes are light, girls, whimsical and somewhat ethereal. I think the look and heme is not so much ‘sad’ as ‘mysterious’. I like! Very dainty. Kudos to he designer. Hey, also celebrating your entrepreneurial spirit. Well done, Nkili!

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