The ATCL Collective would be storming the runway today at The Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week. The collective has put together three strong designers comprising of two female designers and one male designer; Uga Akinbode of Nori Clothings, Egbuonu Osuare of Osuare and Matiu Gordon of Assian. Continue below to meet our amazing designers and get in touch with their brand and designs.
Nori is women wear brand based in Abuja and has been running since 2010. the creative director, Uga Akinbode specialises on ready to wear, bespoke, tailoring. The brand caters for women of all sizes and age, the everyday women, simple yet sophisticated, fashionable and edgy.
Uga Akinbodes brand Nori, was also one of the designers who featured at the recently concluded GLITZ Africa Fashion Week in Ghana for the About That Curvy Life Collective.
Egbuonu Osuare is an international designer and the founder of eponymous brand, ‘Osuare’. The brand which was founded in 2007 draws its inspiration from a cosmopolitan culture that has pervaded Africa in recent times to make African women proudly wear African-made pieces anywhere in the world and feel comfortable and sassy doing so. Due to her irrepressible passion for fashion and quality work, there’s no stopping her as Osuare designs have been showcased on multiple platforms some of which include a session at a charity “Reforestation Fund Raising Ball in aid of the IITA Forest Project” in 2012, Nigerian fashion week 2014, African fashion week Nigeria in 2015, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2016, Angola International Fashion Show, 2016.
Osuare will be showcasing her collection for the first time at The Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design week for The About That Curvy Life Collective this year and you can expect to see fashion delivered in a creative, artistic fashion.
Matiu Gordon is the creative mind behind the very first male plus size brand in Nigeria Assian and also the designer behind the premium leather brand: Nodrog. St. His label is a contemporary size inclusive menswear brand which includes but not limited to the chunky male. Matiu’s brand has been on the fashion scene for quite a while and has been gaining traction among the plus male folk, filling a void and answering the pleas of one too many chunky males surplus in Nigeria and African market at large.
Matiu Gordons brand has been bringing a sexy macho feel to the runway. He premiered his first runway collection at The Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week, through the umbrella of the Aboutthatcurvylife Collective in 2016. He went on to showcase a new line of designs at COPA Lagos also in 2016, this year, Matiu took his designs a step further featuring at GLITZ Africa Fashion Week in Ghana as the male plus size designer on the ATCL Collective. Assian will be back again under the About That Curvy Life Collective at The Heineken Lagos Fashion and design week 2017, hitting the runway with fresh new collections for the chunky male folk.