Launched in 2013, Abaya Lagos was inspired by founder, Salihat Rahaman spending time in Beirut, Lebanon. Whilst there she found the potential for African women’s fashion astounding and embarked on providing women with a range of Muslimah style clothing with middle-eastern and Asian influences. Using sumptuous fabrics such as silks, velvets and aso okes regularly Abaya Lagos is a modern day hub from for all things Arabica.
When the brand launched with products were sourced internationally, however, all production has recently moved to Nigeria. Salihat says that while it can be challenging looking for good craftsmanship in Nigeria, it’s far more rewarding and enhances creativity when designing her line when you’re forced to use products that must be sourced locally.
One of the biggest challenges the brand has faced is the sourcing of quality materials and operational resources as not only are they difficult to find at times, they also tend to be expensive. Getting the start up capital also proved to be challenging for Abaya Lagos, something i’m sure many entrepreneurs in Nigeria have faced.
Abaya Lagos can be found in:
- Grey Velvet: Ikeja City Mall and Abuja
- Regalo Africa Luxury: Centro Mall, Admiralty Way, Lekki, Lagos
- Zinkata: 13b, Awori Road, Dolohin Estate, Lagos
- 41Luxe: 41, Libreville Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja
- Brand website will launch Feb 2017
We’re giving sombody the chance to win a bejewelled aso oke turban, to be in with a chance to win, simply;
- Make sure you’re following @abaya_lagos and @thebfcollective
- Answer this easy question in the comments section below. “What country provided the inspiration for the Abaya Lagos brand?”