Lisa Folawiyo

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Lisa Folawiyo - Designer

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.[1]


Lisa Folawiyo has a background in law, which she studied at the University of Lagos.[2][3][4][5][3]

Lisa Folawiyo started her label "Jewel by Lisa" in 2005 from her home.[6]

Fashion activities[edit]

Lisa Folawiyo wearing her own designs

Lisa Folawiyo has showrooms in Nigeria as well as New York. Celebrities such as Issa Rae have worn her pieces. Rae[who?] wore a cummerbund dress to the BET Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors.[7] Her collections are also showcased in the US, the UK, Nigeria and South Africa.[8][9] In 2012 she was featured in Vogue Italia[citation needed].


  • 2012: Africa Fashion Award
  • 2014: One of eight emerging talents by WWD Women's Wear Daily[10]
  • 2015: Featured in the BOF500[9]

Personal life[edit]

Folawiyo had been married for 14 years. She is a mother of two children. Her father-in-law was the industrialist Wahab Iyanda Folawiyo.[2] [11]


  1. ^ "Lisa Folawiyo". The Business of Fashion. Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  2. ^ a b "I started Jewel by Lisa with N20,000 – Lisa Folawiyo". The Punch. January 22, 2017. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Business Of Fashion. "Lisa Folawiyo". BOF. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  4. ^ Milena Veselinovic (April 14, 2015). "From court to catwalk, a former barrister's designs go global". CNN. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  5. ^ Keith Dinnie. Nation Branding: Concepts, Issues, Practice. Routledge, 2015. p. 263. ISBN 978-1-317-6819-53.
  6. ^ Francesca Ururi (January 30, 2016). "The Lisa Folawiyo Interview". The Guardian. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  7. ^ "Shooting Stars". Daily Telegraph, The (Sydney). 25 February 2017.
  8. ^ "African Dream: Nigeria's Lisa Folawiyo". United Kingdom: BBC. October 10, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Lisa Folawiyo & Reni Folawiyo Join Business of Fashion's 500 List, Caitlyn Jenner, Amal Clooney & More also Make the Cut". Bella Naija. September 22, 2015. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  10. ^ "The New Guard 8 Emerging Talents". WWD: Women's Wear Daily. 208 (110): 4–1. 2014.
  11. ^ Ayo-Adeusi, David. "Designer talks growing up with ethnically diverse parents". Pulse. Pulse News. Retrieved 30 September 2016.

External links[edit]

Official website