Lisa Folawiyo | Nigeria

Lisa Folawiyo is a Nigerian fashion designer who is best known for incorporating traditional West African textiles with modern tailoring techniques with an emphasis on beading and sequin trim. She has a background in law, which she studied at the University of Lagos. Lisa Folawiyo started her label “Jewel by Lisa” in 2005 from her home. Lisa Folawiyo has showrooms in Nigeria as well as New York. Celebrities such as Issa Rae have worn her pieces. Rae wore a cummerbund dress to the BET Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors. Her collections are also showcased in the US, the UK, Nigeria and South Africa. In 2012 she was featured in Vogue Italia. One of eight emerging talents by WWD Women’s Wear Daily in 2015, featured in the BOF500

Early years

Folawiyo had been married for 14 years. She is a mother of two children. Her father-in-law was the industrialist Wahab Iyanda Folawiyo.

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