Omoyemi 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.
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.”
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