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Omoyemi Akerele Named One of Six Global Gatekeepers of Fashion and Style



thumb_f2c7c295134f0c4533bb520f41cea3f9ab8a8e97_header_image_headerOmoyemi Akerele, founder and artistic director of Style House Files as well as the founder of the Lagos Fashion and Design Week, has been listed by Business of Fashion as one of the six global gatekeepers of fashion and style.

You can read the full feature with all global gatekeepers on Business of Fashion here.

Also listed as global gatekeepers are Monica Mendes (Brazil), Miroslava Duma (Russia), Melvin Chua (China), Susan Sabet (Middle East) and Bandana Tewari (India).

The only African on the list, Omoyemi Akerele sat down with Business of Fashion to share a few home truths about the Nigerian Marketplace.


Describing Omoyemi, BoF states: “Omoyemi Akerele is the main engine behind Nigeria’s nascent but rapidly developing fashion industry. Three years ago, she founded Lagos Fashion & Design Week through her agency, Style House Files. Since then, Akerele has either struck deals or brokered introductions for her designers to several international platforms like the Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience, the LVMH Young Designer Prize, the BFC, AltaRoma and Pitti Immagine — not to mention countless global retailers. She also doubles as a fountain of sage advice for international brands hoping to cash in on this lucrative West African frontier market hub.”

Photo Credit: Business of Fashion

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  1. yay

    October 15, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Kudos Omoyemi, then some people will come bring mouth and say we are the only recognized blahblah in nigeria, when this one is getting recognition Globally. Congrats gurl

  2. Fols

    October 15, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Sis. Yemi, i admire your hustle and great drive. Just can’t help thinking that this title is rather grandiose – “Global Gatekeeper of Style”. I wonder what they will come up with next! 🙂

  3. kush

    October 15, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    This is well deserved. Unlike some of Tiffany Amber’s women of vision that was too full of patronage and affiliation.

  4. @edDREAMZ

    October 15, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Congrat to her though….

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