A custom-made jacket worn to Nigeria by Theresa May, British prime minister, caught the attention of many.
The jacket particularly turned heads because it was made by Nigerian designer, Emmanuel Okoro.
May visited Nigeria on Wednesday as part of a three-day trade mission to boots ties with Africa.
The designer, who runs the Emmy Kasbit brand, took to Instagram to say he’s “honoured” to have the British leader wear a jacket from his brand’s Spring Summer 2018 collection.
Okoro also had the opportunity to spend the evening with May.
“Talking about women empowerment and sustainability,” he said.
Honored To Have The British Prime Minister #THERESAMAY Wearing A Custom Jacket From Our Spring Summer 18 Collection. __ Thank You @NgBritishArts @OjomaOchai @OmoyemiAkerele ❤️. And To All The Beautiful Women (Artisans) Who Work Tirelessly Day And Night Crafting These Beautiful Textiles, “A Win For One Is A Win For All” 💫💫❤️ __ #EmmyKasbit #EthicalFashion #TheresaMay #MadeInNigeriaAdvertisement
Who is Emmanuel Okoro?
In 2014, Okoro founded Emmy Kasbit in a bid to dress unconventional men and women.
The brand’s collections place an emphasis on reinterpreting and reinventing vintage looks in a contemporary way.
Emmy Kasbit won the Fashion Focus Prize at Lagos Fashion Week in 2017.
For winning the prize, the brand was awarded $13,900 cash grant, and business mentoring from Ijeoma Ogbechie, a vice-president at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and founder of Avivere, a fashion e-commerce startup.
Kasbit’s recent collection, ‘An Ode to My Father’, was inspired by his family and his Nigerian heritage — case in point, the outfits his father wore in the 1970s.
With the collection, Okoro reimagines how his late father, who died in 2016, would have dressed had those photos been taken now.
Okoro primarily made use of the Akwete fabric, which is indigenous to the Igbo tribe, for the collection.
The jacket worn by the British prime minister is from the ‘An Ode to My Father’ collection.
Chimamanda Adichie, Flavour and Adekunle Gold are some of the celebrities who patronise Emmy Kasbit.
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