The Creative and Managing Director of Merajay Bespoke, Jaiye Ralph also known as Merajay, has called for excellence among fashion designers as unprofessionalism of some members is tarnishing the image of the industry.
Merajay Bespoke boss who is also a member of Fashion Designer Association of Nigeria (FADAN), which was established 15 years ago to provide quality clothing for fashion conscious men, specialising in outfits such as agbada, senator’s kaftan, trousers, polo, among others.
In a recent interview, Jaiye disclosed that the Nigerian fashion industry has evolved over the years to compete favourably with counterparts abroad. But incompetent designers within the industry are the ones destroying the reputation of the Nigerian fashion industry.
“The fashion industry in Nigeria is doing very well. I can boldly say that we can compete with the international fashion industry. But some fashion designers who did not complete their training, yet call themselves designers, make customers to often say, “when you give clothes to designers they destroy it by sewing useless styles”. What is worth doing, is worth doing well. Let us do our work wholeheartedly and do it well for the benefit of the fashion industry, he said”
Speaking further, the graduate of Economics, University of Lagos, noted that his foray into the fashion industry began during his undergraduate days when he encountered a man who challenged him to be a job creator not a job seeker after school. Motivated by this, he registered his company in 2005.
“One thing I believe is that once you are able to stand in Lagos, you can stand anywhere in the world. My advice to young designers is that they should be focused, learn passionately, research and try to be more creative. And the government should support industry growth with access to long term loans and provision of stable power supply to make our work easier and faster,” he admonished.
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