Luruxy fashion house BUNMI KOKO, brain child of designer Bunmi Olaye and her partner Francis Udom, has been making all the right headlines lately.
Bunmi Olaye is a recent graduate, with honors, of the University of East London (UEL). She burst into the scene with the Geisha Reform Collection during Young Africa Fashion Weekend 2009 (YAFW) and Matriarchy Collection during ARISE Africa Fashion Week 2011 in Johannesburg, where she won Emerging Designer of the Year – International Award. To add to this impressive repertoire of awards celebrating the creativity of Olaye, she has also won the Women’s Entrepreneurship 2009/2010 from UEL.
A rising star in the African fashion industry, Bunmi is flying the flag high and gaining a lot of needed and overdue attention to the industry. The latest accomplishment is being selected for the KPMG Mentorship Session as part of VIBE (Volunteers Inspiring Black Communities) Projects. This is a project that gives pro-bono advice to start-ups from London’s black communities, and access to KPMG’s partners and directors of the business advisory team. With the astounding creativity of Bunmi Koko, coupled with ambition and high quality, a sharp business sense will make it one of the most successful fashion and art house from Africa.
In an interview, Bunmi describes the brand:
“Bunmi Koko offers luxury couture fashion with contemporary elegance and sophisticated edginess, combined with eclectic and whimsical style of artworks and illustrations. Our design slogan is ‘Luxuria, Art, Elegans’, and is ingrained in all our products and services. This is what we want to communicate through our design and fashion label.”
Her speech during graduation at UEL:
“This was a great year for all of my colleagues who sit in this room today. as we are truly fortunate to say that we have been part of this fantastic establishment, the hub of innovation and creativity. I feel very prviledged to be part of an institution hat has shown great belief in its young entrepreneurs by giving the right business support, and igniting confidence into female entrepreneurs.”
Keep an eye out for Bunmi Koko, I predict she will be THE luxury designer of Africa.
Do check out the Bunmi Koko website, www.bunmikoko.com, for more info.
Photo Credits: SDR Photography
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