2022 brought us some of the best victories in the African fashion scene, especially in Nigeria.
It’s only fitting to wrap it all up with a list of our favorite fashion brands this year.
These brands have shown resilience in the face of the numerous challenges in this industry.
They’ve released collections that sparked emotions from joy to surprise, and integrated technology, craftsmanship, and sustainability with each piece.
We’ve been lucky to behold their work this year and we’re excited to see all that comes after.
So we’re sharing 15 of the best fashion brands in Nigeria from 2022 with you.
- Hoodies and Stones
A creative mind Fadipe Adedamola, O. gave birth to the brand in order to preserve the African essence.
Hoodies and Stones’ name comes from the desire to create a fusion of Western and African fashion.
The goal is to merge these Western clothes, not just hoodies, into the precious African culture, given that the hoodie is one of the most popular and valuable Western outfits and that Africa has the most priceless jewels (stones).
The womenswear brand was established in June 2021 and had since been exploring femininity through fashion with craftsmanship, quality, and sustainability.
They released their new collection called the ‘Sequoia’ collection which was also showcased on the runway at Lagos fashion week.
- Desiree Iyama
The Nigerian womenswear brand offers timeless and tender pieces exploring feminity, colors and functionality.
This year, they released their summer collection called ‘Strength in movement’ and showed their SS23 collection on the Lagos fashion week runway aptly titled ‘Why not now?’.
This menswear brand is known for putting its spin on traditional male tailoring and using traditional and unexpected silhouettes to clothe modern African men.
Their SS23 collection was showcased at LFW 2022 and titled “Pan the on : the gods of a people”.
- Andrea Iyamah
Established in 2011, the brand stands out for resort wear that’s bold, true to its roots and made with classic silhouettes for ‘the woman who is an adventurer in spirit, mind and style.’
This year they released and showcased their bridal 22 collection and their ‘Love is…’ resort 23 collection.
They were also featured in Revolve gallery, a New York fashion exhibition.
As well as dropping gorgeous accessories like bags, rings and so on.
- Kai Collective
A contemporary womenswear brand that has taken tradition and culture and made it modern.
They’ve also made a name for themselves by being size inclusive.
This year they dropped a couple of collections featuring the use of knit, mesh, neutral colors, bold colors and more.
The aesthetic of a rendoll piece cannot be overlooked as its fabrics and prints are diverse.
This year they dropped their SS22 collection, AW22 collection and two collections of beautiful jewelry.
The fashion brand takes bold and big silhouettes to a new level.
They launched their “Organized chaos” collection which was accompanied by a film titled “Lagos with a pinch of salt”.
They also showcased their collection 004 at LFW and for the first time featured menswear.
- Banke Kuku
If you’re searching for striking prints and patterns, banker Kuku is the place to go.
Their collections always feature expertly crafted textiles that provide a base for their elevated loungewear.
- Emmy Kasbit
The home of elegant craftsmanship using traditional techniques and textiles but making it modern.
From their FW22 launch to featuring at the Lagos fashion week 2022 to their SS23 debut at Portugal fashion, they’ve proven that African fashion is here to stay.