Do you believe in the existence of magic? Are you drawn towards things that exudes mystical and extra-terrestrial possibilities? One thing we all believe in is the existence of humanity, “Hello” we have been here for countless ages, and have made giant leaps that would get our primitive ancestry, believe the gods have truly come to dwell amongst us if they came back from the grave and witnessed what we now perceive as normal… Why am I spooking everyone? Basically, if my maternal or paternal grandfather rose up today, everything would seem magical to them, Mankind has really lifted the bars of civil standards really so high. Hence, my earlier assertion, Magic really does exists in the ways of men.
It was one of those lazy days, I wasn’t really drawn towards the road leading out of the comfort of my bed (we have really grown closer these past weeks), the hustle and bustle of Lagos had succeeded in draining the enthuse in me and to top it all off, no meetings and it was a holiday.
Then the mystical force pulled me from my sleep (What sorcery is this?) a sizable rectangular shaped box, a clear glassy almost fluid face, and of course the sonorous sound of a guitar and a beautiful voice calling from within it (Still wondering where and how she and the guitar got trapped within this tiny ceramic and metal prison). Alas I arose to the sound and touched the screen and I saw my sisters face, not the damsel I was expecting a call from, but this would do for the now. The instruction was simple, please drive me to CMD second gate, I have to be at the opening of a friends showroom. Don’t get me started on the mechanical beasts called Cars, they are just an awe to behold, not even the gods of Olympus or Iron or lightening owned one of these in their days.
I was the Chauffeur on this occasion, but I am glad I was, because I met someone whom is best described in the magical world of, cotton, plastic, steel and stitches. Meet Ibukunoluwa Okeniyi of Hemikas House of Style, our discovery of the week…
My name is Ibukunoluwa Okeniyi. I am a fashion designer. My love for designing and sewing started at a very young age, my mum has always sewn clothes for as long as I can remember, she’d sew clothes for my sister and I (auntygimmecake clothes), wedding clothes for friends etc, it was not her job but she loved doing it. Growing up was awesome I could do it all over again. Around the age of 11, I began to discover my love for fashion and for fitted clothes and asked my mum to teach me how to use the machine, I eventually used to go behind her back to adjust my clothes and redesign clothes I thought were too old school for me.
It wasn't perfect work, but it was a start. Immediately after secondary school, I went for beginners training in fashion design at a tailors shop not far from my house and started to learn professionally. I got into the university and still continued sewing for myself and family members but I was always wanting to perfect the art before putting myself out there. I believe the only kind of work that stands the test of time is GOOD work and quality so I went for two more professional training courses to perfect the art. Looking back now I wish I started earlier but God is a God of perfect timing. I was posted to a school in Lagos for my NYSC and started sewing for friends and acquaintances. Eventually, contracts to sew costumes and children's clothes started coming in. My income doubled, but it was also very stressful. After my NYSC I worked with the school for another year before deciding to start the business, I got a lot of encouragement from my family and friends and realised it was a decision worth taking. Tailoring is my passion and I am determined to bring Hemikas to the fore front of african fashion going. The rest they say is history: now I have an amazing space. I have time to work on my ready to wear collections and also do bespoke tailoring. The goal is to take the Nigerian fabric and brand international and I'm always open to collaborations. I believe I'm part of the change generation in Nigeria and change won't happen if I don't follow my heart. I give you Helen+Michael = Hemikas, built on family.
Quite the read yeah? What I found most magical about this young lady's pieces includes, affordability and the “Africaness” of her creations. She shopped from Nigeria for fabric made within our shores but looking at them you wouldn’t believe they were made right here and you wouldn’t even believe how affordable the pieces are. Excerpts from her vision below
Hemikas is a fashion design and tailoring company founded by Okeniyi Ibukunoluwa and Co. with the sole aim of providing excellent services in the procurement, design and manufacturing of tailored fabrics and ready made wear for Men, Women and Children that meet the highest quality standards worldwide.
To create a world-class establishment, where the wants, needs and expectations of our clients are tailored to specifications.
To raise the bar in the standard of clothes manufacturing and customer service in Nigeria, then the world.
To provide excellent and timely tailoring services to our clients, to provide a wide range of ready to wear garments and accessories that are available and affordable all over the world.
Okay people, may be it’s me blowing things out of proportion, may be magic doesn’t really exist, but one thing’s for sure, people do have the capacity to astound us with what diligence and a mind fed on gold can achieve. You can find Hemikas house of style at block 1, CMD quarters, CMD road, shangisha Magodo, Lagos, and you could also catch up with her on the following social media handles:
That true believers is the scoop this week, thanks for reading and please do leave a comment below, we definitely are still looking for that person you know so do them a favour and tag me on i.g @t8710chazown and on twitter @i_amt8710. Shallom!!!