#OBDesignerFocus: Salihat Rahaman of Abaya Lagos

Salihat Rahaman

Hello Style Revolutionists! We are back with another edition of Designer Focus (#OBDesignerFocus).

The fashion game in Nigeria has really come a long way. Fashion designers in Nigeria continue to push boundaries and release spectacular collections for public consumption each year. From the mainstream traditional clothing to western like wears, the Nigerian fashion industry is now one of the fastest growing industries in the world.

On our last edition of Designer Focus we put the spotlight on talented Nigerian Designer Bubu Ogisi.

Today on Designer Focus, we shine the spotlight on Salihat Adewunmi Rahaman, the brain behind popular fashion label Abaya Lagos.


Abaya Lagos Desert Bloom Collection

Salihat Rahaman was born in Ile-Ife, Osun State to Prof. Moruf Rahaman and Hajiya Aisha Abdulrahman. She is one of three daughters. She received all her formal education in Nigeria, (primary at Corona School, Victoria Island to tertiary at University of Lagos, Akoka) and holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies, (Architecture) as well as a Masters of Environmental Design in Architecture.

Salihat, who is an ARCON registered architect, has been in architectural practice for over 10 years since 2006, having started her career at UACN Property Development Company in 2005, until her last appointment to the Executive Board of Design Group Nigeria, one of the foremost architectural firms in Nigeria. Her areas of specialisation span over various buildings types from residential to commercial and hospitality buildings as well as urban planning. Her love of the arts and creativity has gradually led her to fashion where she emerged with her own clothing label, Abaya Lagos in 2014.


Veronica Odeka for the Abaya Lagos, Abaya Divas Collection

Salihat, when talking about her background, has always said that she was raised by a very fashionable mother, and was surrounded by elements and people of fashion while growing up. She describes herself as a creative person who gravitates towards anything that inspires creativity. She sees fashion design as an additional vehicle, (apart from architecture), to channel her creativity.


Chioma “Chigurl” Omeruah for the Abaya Lagos, Abaya Divas Collection

Since its inception in 2014, Abaya Lagos, which Salihat describes as Arabica –inspired, has introduced three major collections, Desert Bloom,Urban Normad and Abaya Divas.

The brand has also featured in a number of fashion events, such as the GTBank Fashion Weekend of 2016, Hayati Fashion Week, Glitz Africa Fashion Week (Accra) of 2017 and more recently Arise Fashion Week of 2018.


Abaya Lagos at Arise Fashion Week


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