November 10, 2015
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LISA FOLAWIYO- From the Courtroom to the Runway

Delectable Lisa Folawiyo

Lawyer turned fashion designer Lisa Folawiyo is the creative director of Jewels by Lisa.The fashion label grew out of a hobby that the graduate of University of Lagos finally turned to a company.Its fabulous designs has taken the fashion label beyond the shores of Nigeria to international platforms like the New York Fashion week SS10 and SS12, the Pitti W Tradeshow in Florence for its Autumn Winter SS12/ 13and its Spring/Summer 2013 at the Vogue Talent Exhibition in collaboration with Vogue Italia in Milan.

The label is popular for its ornate embellished Ankara, which forms the signature JBL features.It also creates custom prints mixing print designs with other textures like chiffon, silk, crepe and much more.With a twist to her classic personal style, the JBL brand is youthful, classic and trendy for the global, self-assured woman.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 06: Models pose backstage during the Lisa Folawiyo Presentation at Laduree Soho on September 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

The JBL brand has been featured in many publications such as Style.Com, New York Times, Drapers, Ebony, Maire Claire, MTV.Co.Uk, Vogue.Co.Uk, Essence andAriseamongst others. Different styles of JBL have been worn international celebrities like Solange Knowles, Thandie Newton and Lucy Liu. The label has been recognized for its outstanding work thereby winning the African Fashion Institute Designer of the Year(2011).

Lisa has worked with global brands like Blackberry to create limited edition Blackberry cases and Lipstick and Nail polish covers for L’Oreal. Jewel by Lisa in collaboration with international jewellery brand Pandora recently launched a line of styled bracelets matching her beautifully designed Ankara clothing.

As much as what we see most of the time is the glamorous side of the life of a fashion designer, the Ace designer affirms it takes a lot of hard work, which must be backed up with a high dose of passion to stay at the top of the game.

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