The best and arguably the most attractive combination you can ever get is Beauty, Brains and Class. It takes a lot to find all of these in one person, but our generation is graced with so many, and we at DOT have found one. Definitely has to be, one of our top #DOTMOMENTS in 2017, was when the delectable and award winning author; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was spotted with our Studded SJP Mini box bag at the Christian Dior show in Los Angeles where she was being honored.
At that moment we realized something, Adichie was the ideal embodiment of who the DOT woman is; Fearless, Intelligent, Individualistic and Stylish.
This post is therefore dedicated to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and her unrelenting support for “Made in Nigeria Fashion”.
We find that she has put in a rare blend of originality, comfort, and poise to grace Nigerian fabrics, style, and accessories in her own unique way, and this makes her a worthy ambassador of Made-In-Nigeria fashion. But then, who would have thought that a Literary Icon with accolades, awards and recognition, from near and far, will be the one to uphold the banner for Nigerian Fashion.
We recall when her sister called and commissioned us to make a custom bag for her for the Christian Dior event, we literally burst into cartwheels while still on the phone. It was such an humbling experience and an Aha! moment for our brand.
Returning from a year of consecutive success and staggering accomplishments in almost every area where her work has been produced and appreciated– in literature, film, music and even fashion. Having Adichie “Wear Nigerian” is a huge validation for the great work being done in the Nigerian Fashion Industry.
Chimamanda announced in May 2017, the “Project Wear Nigerian”, promoting the public image and economy of Nigeria, as well as bringing endorsement and attention to the lesser known brands. “Project Wear Nigerian” in just months, has considerably and in no small measure, promoted the designs and works of many Nigerian designers who have been privileged to get into Chi’s wardrobe. Media stalwart CNN did a feature on “Project Wear Nigerian ” which further illustrates Chimamanda’s influence and reach.
Quoted recently by Racked magazine , she says “I already bought Nigerian fashion, but I thought it might be interesting to wear only Nigerian-made clothes. I hoped to bring a bit of attention to Nigerian fashion, especially to the smaller names, and I also wanted to do my bit in supporting Nigerian-made things.”
In a world where a lot of young people struggle with their identity, we celebrate a true African Icon, Born Nigerian, Buys Nigerian, Wears Nigerian, Supports Nigerian. She makes fashion really seem simple with the way she rocks the pieces effortlessly, and maintains her comfort and style. Chi has more than shown us that originality and intelligence is fashionable, and also that there is a future for Nigerian Fashion Brands, given the right support and level playing ground with International Brands.
Chimamanda stands tall in a class of her own. Carrying herself with so much grace and poise, not just for the stage or photograph, but as part of her very essence. Her taste in fashion is quite specific and very intentional. It explains why she chose to stick to wearing Nigerian Designs. It is why she chooses Made-In-Nigeria and it is why you should too.
And as Ladunni Lambo of Lambo Designs describes her rare class: “She wants to represent Nigeria, even from her stories, you can tell she’s representing where she’s from, and she wants to do it from head to toe”. This is pure class. Classy, beautiful and fashionable – the Chimamanda Way.
Chimamanda is our Nigerian Pride. We celebrate her!