Linda Mesrob, owner of Ariaba, is not new to the accessory business in Nigeria. It all started with a love of embellished slippers and bags, and being unable to find what she wanted when she moved back to Nigeria after schooling in Paris .
Frustrated, she ended up buying items and customising them herself. After interest and eoncouragement from firiends and family, Skin was born, her first accessory brand featuring leather bags and slippers customised with gemstones. However, following a factory fire which led to a loss of both stock and machinery, she took a creative turn, and Ariaba, named after her mum, was conceived.
Ariaba is not only a Nigerian based brand, but also a Nigerian sourced brand. Linda tells us that 80 percent of her pieces are made here by her personally, with the remaining pieces being designed by her, but made in different parts of the world. Not only this, but aside from the chains and clasps which are imported, most if not all of the gemstones used are sourced in Nigeria. Can we say IMPRESSIVE!
So, what does the future hold for one of our favourite Nigerian brands? Well aside from a new Ariaba collection launching in in Spring 2017, the Skin leather line is making a comeback! Not only are they returning, but Linda will be offering both retail and wholesale pieces so there’s opportunities for re-sellers too!! Keep an eye out for Ariaba jewellery training classes also, due to countless requests, Linda is going to share her knowledge to create a whole new generation of jewellery makers. We love the sound of this!
Ariaba can be purchased online at www.shopariaba.comw, or at the following stockists:
- Grey Velvet: Centro Mall, Lekki, Lagos
- Mei Dei: 3, Ogbunike St, Lekki 1, Lagos
- Zazaii: 36 Balarabe Musa Crescent, Victoria Island, Lago
We’re giving somebody a chance to win a pair of slippers, simply;
- Make sure you’re following @ariaba_lifestyle and @thebfcollective & like the giveaway picture
- Answer this easy question in the comments section below. “How much of the range does Linda make herself?”