Ochulo Brand Spotlight: Female-Owned Brands You Cannot Afford to Sleep On

In honour of Women’s History Month, we are celebrating and uplifting some of our merchant brands that are owned and run by women. From fashion to skincare, female creatives are making incredible moves and taking the industry by storm. Ochulo is here for that and you should be too.

FIA Factory

This eclectic fashion brand was founded by Funke, Ijeoma, and Abi. The brand fuses exciting textiles with intricate geometric cuts to create pieces that are modern, trendy, playful, and exotic. They’re the go-to choice for style enthusiasts looking to shop high fashion.  FIA collections range from jumpsuits to dresses, skirts, trousers, pinafore, shorts, tops, and more. Their designs can fit right into your work closet and are distinctive and vibrant enough to be worn to all kinds of events. Celebrities like Seyi Shay, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Monalisa Chinda, and others are regular patrons of FIA Factory designs.

Aqua 7 Clothing

Cynthia Iwuagwu is the brains behind Aqua 7 Clothing retail brand, a relatively new entry in the fashion scene in Nigeria. The brand launched its first collection in May 2017 and has since gone on to establish itself as a force to be reckoned with. Each collection is designed to cater to the powerful, sultry, subtle, and stylish woman. The brand has expanded to include bridals and kids wear alongside their regular dazzling collections featuring skirts, jumpsuits, dresses, two-pieces, tops, jackets, and trousers.

Kene Rapu

Kene Rapu is a lawyer turned footwear designer and the founder of the leading footwear brand Kene Rapu. She earned a law degree from the University of Bristol, UK; and a Masters in Fashion Entrepreneurship from the London College of Fashion. Since it launched in 2011, Kene Rapu has become one of the fastest growing brands in Nigeria. The brand combines locally sourced materials and craftsmanship to create bespoke intricately handcrafted slippers and sandals that are affordable and durable.

Mary Maii

MaryMaii is a fashion clothing brand owned and run by twin sisters Maryam and Maimuna. It is devoted to putting a spin on classic fashion pieces and creating stylish and modern outfits that every woman can feel comfortable and glamorous in.

Pattern Perfect

Pattern Perfect is an African inspired home and lifestyle brand that uses Ankara and other traditional prints to create a wide range of products such as satin bonnets, purses, totes, shower caps, sleep eye masks, bags, oven gloves and mitts, bibs, aprons, and more. Each piece features intricate patterns and designs that are entirely unique and altogether refreshing.

Makariah Scrubs

Zephia Ovia is a natural apothecary skincare brand. This organic cosmetic line makes use of all natural ingredients to give consumers healthier, glowing skin free from any side effects. Makariah scrubs is an environmentally and socially conscious brand that utilises recycling efforts in their production process and sourcing their ingredients from local traders. Makariah products range from masks made with clay and sandalwood to scrubs made with coconut, sugar, and coffee grounds.

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