Photography: Baingor Joiner

What does a new year mean to you?

I really don’t see anything special in a new year – I believe more in time than a year. That’s the way I see my brand and my career, and my end goal is timeless. I want to always have a reason to do what I do. 

How did your time in Vienna influence you as a designer?

I have a love and hate relationship with that city. Honestly, going to university [University of Applied Arts] excited me the most. I’ve always been curious to know what is outside of any space I find myself in. I love to travel, so most of my free time, I’d rather be anywhere than where I am. Travelling has helped me creatively, as it has exposed me to different cultures and diversity. 

What inspires your designs?

The idea is to constantly reinvent old techniques and bring value to craftsmanship.

If you had a solo exhibition tomorrow, what would be the opening track on the runway?

Etta Bond’s “I’d Rather Go Blind”. I’m obsessed with her performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1975. 

What role do you see yourself playing in the fashion industry in Nigeria?

I’ve never thought about that. At this point in my career, I’m more focused on the international market. 

How would you describe your approach towards fashion and the philosophy behind your brand?

My philosophy is centred around sustainability – I don’t like to waste things. I work with artisans frequently, and our aim is to bring a stronger view into luxury-wear. We are thinking about real life, and real style, not just [traditional] luxury. 

What do you want out of 2018?

I hate expectation, but I hope to be happy and share more love.