Born and raised in Nigeria, Fashion blogger, stylist, designer and fashionpreneur and the brain behind STYLEDBYBIE STUDIOS, Adedeji Adebidemi easily stands out from the crowd of stylish men without trying.
In this interview he speaks about his break through into the fashion space. He also reveals his fashion highlights for the past years. Seun Osho presents the excerpts.
What course did you read in school? And how was the transition from that into Fashion?
I am a graduate of Information and Technology form Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun State, Whilst still in the university I realized my passion for fashion. ( I have a few awards from school to show it)
Were you given a window into Fashion or did you have to kick down the door?
I will probably say I was given a window judging from the fact that my mum had a textile brand.
What were the hurdles you faced getting your brand and business off the ground? Did family add or reduce the difficulty?
The hurdles were pretty much typical from financing, timing and being seen as a minor in the industry. My family especially mum supported me all the way.
How do you balance managing being a brand, being a business and running a store? Are you ever faced with the dilemma of having to compromise one for the other??
When you realize early enough in life that there isn’t a brand without funds the better for you and the business in general
Who gave you your first big break/paid gig in Fashion
I will say Yemi Alade….
What are your dream jobs or business in and out of fashion?
Will love to open a restaurant in the nearest future (I want to be Professional Chef too)
You were at NYFW in 2018 year, how was it, how did it happen? What was the highlight of it for you?
My highlight was definitely sitting front row with some fashion kingpins and watch trends walk down the runway.
A lot happened in Nigerian Fashion this year, especially over the summer, what was the highlight of Nigerian Fashion in 2018 in your opinion?
Maybe Ebuka’s Ugo Monye agbada moment
Which Nigerian designers did it for you this year?
Who are your top 5 most stylish personalities in Nigeria?
How many Fashion cities have you been to and which is your favorite so far, including Lagos?
I should have being to over 15 fashion Cities, My favorite will definitely be New York City
Do you think the laid back, draped and over sized skater/ bohemian/ pop-culture themed street style among Nigerian teenagers (popularly called Alté) can become mainstream high fashion in Nigeria?
Absolutely it is gradually taking its place anywaiz
Who would make your dream team for a perfect all Nigerian unisex fashion project if you had to pick 2 designers, a photographer, 2 models, a make up artist and a set designer/location manager?
what do you like to do when you are not working?
What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received about your style and who was it from?
Will definitely be from a total stranger on the streets of New York (Times Square precisely) who said I looked like African Royalty
Just how much of a foodie are you? Do you document your dining experience??
I am a Complete foodie, yes I like to document my dinning experience
Do you have time to date and are you seeing anyone?
I like to keep my personal information personal.
Is Moët Abebe’s bum real?
That’s for her to say but to my best knowledge It is 100%
Clearly, you like piercings, how do you feel about tattoos?
I love it from a distance for now
What’s the primary goal for the future?
To be a better version of myself physically, financially and spiritually
Isn’t this the best interview you’ve ever done?