How is your week going?
We have another designer featured in the #MadeinNigeria series.
I am celebrating Nigerian brands and the amazing talents in Nigeria. I noticed the brand, Wanger Ayu on social media (instagram) and finally met the creative behind the brand last year October. I must say she has a humble and sweet personality and love her pieces. If you recall, I wore the AMIRA dress from the A/W 16-17 collection during fashion week (click here). Her pieces are definitely one word CHIC.
I am excited to know more about the brand and the success story. Read all about my chat with Designer Wanger Ayu below.
I am wearing the AVERTI dress from the EPOCH AW16 collection. I was immediately attracted to the slit and the exaggerated sleeves LOL. Stephanie suggested the red lips and I’m happy I tried it but don’t know if I will opt for red again (thanks steph, but no thanks).
Dress: Wanger Ayu (@wangerayu)
Sandals: Zara Canada
Makeup: Stephanie Ani (@stephanien_mua)
Photography: Dipo Orimoloye (dipo_ffx)
Can you introduce yourself and what’s the meaning of your name?
My name is Wanger Ayu, the creative director of the brand Wanger Ayu. I am from venue state (Tiv) and my name means Light.
When did you start your brand and what was your inspiration?
I started the brand in 2011 because being in fashion with the ability to create with fabric was what I always wanted to do.
Did you go to fashion school?
I did a course in fashion at ESMOD Dubai.
What makes you different from other brands?
My unique view point and experiences which influence my work.
Who is your target market?
Women between the ages of 25-40.
You have showcased at LFDW twice, how did you get the opportunity and how did you feel?
(Smiling) I got to be a part of LFDW through the Fashion Focus program the first time, and then by applying to be a part of it the following year. Both times the experience was challenging, exciting, and rewarding.
What would you say to upcoming designers who would love to showcase at LFDW?
Honestly, be true to yourself.
What are the challenges you have faced running your fashion Label?
Attaining the highest level of professionalism, especially with skilled workers.
What is your price range for your pieces?
About 10,000 – 40,000 NGN (30-130 USD)
Have a beautiful day 🙂