Designer Biography: Kola Kudus

Kola Kudus makes bold statement with men’s fashion, either African, western and the best of all, a mix of both! A fast-rising designer who has carved a niche for himself with his bespoke designs, Kola creates clothes for the modern man and his collection of clothes comes in brilliant colors, high quality and is timeless.

A product of London College of Fashion, Kola Kudus’ menswear label showcased its 2012 collection at the Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW), a premiere fashion event that brings the media, fashion insiders, buyers and consumers to view the latest collections of selected designers.

Kola Kudus started as a personal shopper in 2004, the philosophy graduate grew into designing and outsourcing not as a pre-planned idea but it came to him when he had to make a career decision, seeing he was already in the line of business and because of his love for it, so in April/May of 2008, he setup up the fashion brand Kola Kuddus. 

After Opening the Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW), Kola Kudus has been featured on the Fashion and Style Section of The New York Times. He had sent his look-book and he received a feedback letter saying his work was not good enough. Then about a week to the event, he got another letter saying that his brand, Kola Kuddus has been chosen to participate in the show and it was this show that brought him the feature on The New York Times. This further strengthens the impression which he sought to give with his exclusive menswear. 

As it is, He has come through the ranks of emerging designers to be in a place where he has forged and consolidated his place in the Nigerian fashion industry. “I will not say I am the best designer in the country. For me, being the best has never been the target in what I do. I have always said I wanted to be a greater designer and a successful designer. You do not have to be the best designer to be successful but I know I can be one of the best in the world, which is something that is achievable.” He said during an interview.

The Kola Kudus brand, he said, is distinctly modern but marked by rich color, flawlessly constructed designs and quality fabrics. He remains loyal to African trends and styles yet epitomize global glamour by offering men his innate fashion sense. The ready-to-wear collections pay careful attention to detail and his classic and casual styles are developed with modern aesthetic.


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