LAGOS - LAH-GOES vs. LAY-GOS.
I love the vibrant life of Lagos and the hustling spirit that clads the air. No joke! I felt this thickening of the air as I arrived in Lagos from Akwa Ibom over the Christmas break. While Akwa Ibom was lax and the spirit lazy and/or comfortable and/or content, the spirit in Lagos was hungry and/or hustler-like and/or far from content. I loved it!
Okay, enough of the nostalgia.
Getting your fashion fix is one of the greatest concerns of a Lagosian.
With red carpet events here and there, mall trips that require you to be decked out for as if you're going for a party, to the avant garde parties themselves (that Nigerians are well known for), a Lagosian never lacks the opportunity to turn heads (or cars).
Below, you'll find a few stores I've been able to dig up for you. Please visit Lagos if you're an outsider. And while you're there, try not to pronounce it as "LAH-GOES". It's LAY-GOS.
WHERE TO SHOP IN LAGOS
What I love more about these stores is the emergence of online shopping and retail outlets that carry your favorite indigenous brands and foreign brands alike. Please note: All content tagged "What" was directly lifted from each brand's Instagram profile.
I will be back after my meeting to add my own "feel" of these brands with pictures.
1. Zazaii Africa
What: Specialty Retail. Shop Modern Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle African Brands.
Where: 36 Balarabe Musa Crescent, Off Samuel Manuwa, Victoria Island, Lagos
Connect: 09035925562 | firstname.lastname@example.org | @experiencezazaii | Zazaii.com
2. Grey Velvet
What: Carries a wide range of Nigerian brands.
Where: Ikeja City Mall, ikeja and Centro Lekki Mall, Lekki.
Connect: 08022900376 | @greyvelvetstores | Greyvelvetstores.com
3. Temple Muse
What: Iconic lifestyle concept store.
Where: 21 Amodu Tijani Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
Connect: email@example.com | @templemuse | temple-muse.com
What: Uptown department store. Uptown. Bohemian. Retail
Where: New3 Old6 Ogbunike Street, Lekki, Lagos.
Connect: 08036916631 | @shopmeidei
5. Grey (this should come in a separate post as a brand, but let's include this store)
What: Where design meets functionality.
Where: Flat 1, Block 25 Shomolu Way, Dolphine Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos
Connect: 09026068036 | firstname.lastname@example.org | @greyprojects | begrey.com.ng
View their entirely sold out SS16 Collection here. It's simply amazing!
What: Exploring the tension between quiet elegance and unabashed glamour.
Where: Zashadu Studio, Park View Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos. Appointment Only
Connect: 08099912941 or 80868174884 | email@example.com | @zashadu | zashadu.com
What: Retailing Nigerian Fashion & Luxury.
Where: Aaron's Place, Olubunmi Owa Street, off Admiralty Way, Lekki, Lagos. Or 41 Libreville Street, Wuse 2, Abuja (side note: Abuja is the capital of Nigeria and an extension of Lagos. Don't say I ever told you that).
Connect: 09080002841 | firstname.lastname@example.org | @41_luxe.lagos @41_luxe_abuja | 41luxe.com
What: Effortlessly Chic Clothing
Where: Online. URL below
Connect: 08185000006 | @shopmaju | shopmaju.com
9. Eve & Tribe
What: Lifestyle fashion brand built around the contemporary African Woman.
Connect: 09099768531 | email@example.com | @eveandtribe | eveandtribe.com
What: Concept store & café bar.
Where: 3 hakeen Dickson Street, Lekki Phase One, Lagos
Connect: 12957665 | @strangerlagos | strangerlagos.com
Where: 12A Akin Olugbade Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Connect: @alaralagos | alaralagos.com
You need to check out these stores in person and online. There are a lot more stores and I will update this post as I uncover them. I am happy that I can beat my chest and say that my country has online stores that carry quality, affordable and luxury goods. People always say things like "Oh, but buying from Nigerian brands/store is expensive". Please refrain from making such remarks as you would jump at a pair of Louboutins or a Chanel bag without thinking. Let's join hands to help our economy. No one will come over to help us. We need to grow out of this foreign aid feeding bottle. Or should I call it foreign aid life support? We can only do that with your help. yes, you and I owe Nigeria...a lot!
I hope things get even better for these brands!.
Leave a comment below with a store you want me to add to this list.