In a continent like Africa where Nigeria is the largest economy, the fashion industry has become of one the high grossing industry in the nation. The industry is growing richer by the day, and bustling Lagos is a city full of moneyed, cosmopolitan fashion consumers. In a city as this, it’s a lot of work to ensure that the consumers really get what they want. Reni Folawiyo , a business tycoon & a fashion magnate who took the giant stride to ensure that Nigerians get the best when it comes to fashion. In no doubt , Reni is what we refer to as the Iconic Womanpreneur no wonder they call her Alara. A focused and resilient woman who ensures that she will give all it take to ensure her dream comes true.
Reni Folawiyo is the founder and CEO of the luxury concept store Alara, located in the heart of Victoria Island in Lagos, Nigeria. The store opened its distinctly designed doors in February 2015. Alara which translated in English means “wondrous performer” offers a luxury lifestyle experience unlike anywhere in the world, stocking both Western brands and pan-African design. Reni felt that the country needed something iconic that would change the city, change the way Nigerians saw themselves, and also change the way the world sees them. Reni worked with the internationally recognized Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye to design the Alara building. In one of the interview with Reni , she says “Alara was conceived to show the world who we are today, to share how we live and to show Africans that we have a lot to be proud of, that we create and enjoy objects of exceptional quality and beauty, to celebrate those who have done it, and to support and encourage those who wish to exchange, educate, elevate and beautify”
Folawiyo was Born in London, and raised in Western Nigeria, she initially studied law, then returning to Lagos to work for her father’s law firm. Alongside this, she opened an interior design business producing custom furniture.
The Nigerian Woman Diary Celebrates Reni Folawiyo for taking up the bold step and giant stride to restore the African Heritage. An Icon and Inspiration to the woman gender, we commend her for her creativity , efficiency , diligence and her immense contribution not just to the Nigeria Fashion Industry but to the entirely African Woman.