We live in one of the most fashionable cities in the world. Nigerian fashion designers are world-renowned, inspiring some of the top most fashion icons in a unique African-inspired mode.
But we know the story, you're too tired, too broke or too uninspired to go shopping and actually cash in on it. Hang on then, we have the answers.
Below we're bringing you five of Lagos' best clothing shops that offer designer, quality fashion at affordable prices. You don't need to splurge N50k on a crocodile skin clutch to be fashionable and wearing local designer wear in Lagos. There are several clothing designers right here that are pushing the envelope, selling online to boot and at affordable prices.
Mmabon custom clothing store with a flagship store in the heart of Lekki, specialises in cool, casual wear. Taking just six weeks to completely gut and renovate their new digs, their store is bound to satisfy even the most discerning customer.
Catering for plus sizes, men, women and children, and even offering online sales, they seem to have it all. And best news yet, a designer tee at this shop will only set you back N2k-2.5k while a dress costs N7500.
If you want Nigerian style and you love ankara as much as we do, you'll just love Design for Love. Started in 2004, this store has it all and more. From dresses, bags, tops and clutches, Nigerian designer Wunmi Olufeko has not let price be what stops you from ordering from DFL.
Shipping worldwide and making it not only affordable but completely desirable, DFL is finally bringing Nigeria into the 21st century with reliable, reasonable shipping rates and fair return policies. Best part is you can bag a summer dress for as little as N10k and be the belle of the ball for a gown only setting you back N16,500.
Mostly stocking dresses, Lady Biba is another one of those hidden gems that you might not see off the Lekki expressway because it's completely run online. So without the high rent charges and exorbitant overhead that Lagos retailers are forced to pay, Lady Biba and other online retailers have caught onto an exciting trend that is catching Nigerians by storm. ONLINE SHOPPING! This is Lagos like you've never seen it. Bag a beautiful silk or satin dress for as little as N10k, a quality-made top for N5k- all hand sewn and made with careful attention to detail.
Ella Matthew is another local designer that is giving H & M and all those big corporate empires a run for their money. They describe the "Ella Matthews woman" as sophisticated, with a style that works hard at the office by day and on a date having cocktails by midnight. They bring style right to your doorstep with next day Lagos delivery and free shipping on orders over N15k.
Specialising in kids' wear, this local designer has certainly cornered the market for kids' style that is everything from stylish, current to cute. The concept is still very much mirroring our local tailors from whom you can buy a piece of material and show them a design and they'll make it for you. Here, you can pop into Aimas' shop in Ikoyi, avoid the sweltering heat of your tailor's shop, and enjoy the off-the-shelf wear that is already hand-crafted for you. If you want something more bespoke, however, you choose your favourite ankara, the design you have in mind and they'll make it for you at Aimas.
Who ever said Lagos is too expensive and that you need to go abroad to buy affordable, fashionable clothing? These five Lagos designers are killing it in the style department and doing it Lagos stylee. Support your local entrepreneurs and remember... We love Lagos.
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