Onalaja presents an imaginative concept of culture, heritage,luxury and a contemporary appreciation of beauty through its highly crafted pieces that explore texture clashes, a play on proportions, colour and textile manipulation. The focus is on perfect execution, artisanal craft, with hints of androgyny versus whimsical elements.
Onalaja aims to create a form of communication and interaction that fuses Onalaja’s Nigerian heritage and flair for the artisanal craftsmanship with Italian design aesthetics and the formality of British fashion.
An underlying concept within all Onalaja collections always remains “Our Heritage Re-Imagined – The Africa We Don’t See”, re-imagining heritage interpretation and the language of tradition is an aspect key to DNA of the brand. People create stories, which in turn create people; but often stories also create people, whom in turn create stories.
Visually curated culture and heritage can celebrate and highlight the qualities that connect, complement and contrast, but ultimately celebrate creative perceptiveness of not only Onalaja as a brand, but as a cultural entity within its own rights.
Vogue Talents x Muuse Finalist 2014
Best Fashion Collection for the Academic year 2013-14 at Istituto Marangoni 2014
Best student of the year at Istituto Marangoni 2009
FDA Young Designer of the year award.