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My first encounter with Sally Bawa was with her delectable unique style.  I found her different from everyone else.  When we were younger, she would sketch designs on paper – today she has been able to bring those sketches to reality by holding unto a dream.  A very focused, passion driven person that transposes all she is about into her designs.  I decided to interview her so you can learn a thing or two about her and her eponymous label. There is no stopping this lady.  Here, she shares what motivates her, her most priced possession, her favourite designers – home and abroad and other things you’re bound to find inspiring.  Meet SALLY BAWA.

Mayreejay: Tell us about yourself?
SB: My name is Sally Bawa, the last of 5 kids and I can be described as ‘the creative type’.

Mayreejay: Define your style?
SB: Fashion forward and timeless all at once.

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*Sally Bawa (seated in the middle) flanked by 2 of her models all in SALLY BAWA EXCLUSIVE DESIGNS.*

Mayreejay: How did  it all start?
SB: It was a dream borne out of passion. A passion for seeing things come alive. A passion for creativity. And this is the medium I chose through which I could express that.

Mayreejay: What inspires you?
SB: Nature. Colors and patterns mostly.

Mayreejay: Who are your best clients you have worked with?
SB: They are so many. I’m in the business of making people look good so its hard to pick which the best has been.

Mayreejay: Who are the difficult clients you have worked with and what would you say  is the best way to handle such clients?
SB: Hahahaha! The client is always right! We’re in the service industry and its important to remember that at all times because, when a client is paying for a service, he/she reserves the right to excellent service and value for their money. So when a client is being difficult, I just remind myself this and every other thing is a breeze.

Mayreejay: What are the high and low points of your career?
SB: High points? Everyday. Everyday in this career for me is a miracle. Low points, are those days that nothing seems to be going right, the production room is coming out with all sorts of mistakes, supplies are not forthcoming, I can’t seem to draw a straight line…gosh, there are just so many. But the miracle of each day helps me sail through it all.

Mayreejay: What is the most interesting part of your job?
SB: Seeing something turn from 2dimensional to 3dimensional.  It’s amazing!

Mayreejay: Fashion blunders you have had?
SB: Quite a few. Wrong choice of fabric and style every now and then…stuff like that.

Mayreejay: How do you spot a stylish person?
SB: One who does not follow trends but creates their own style.

Mayreejay: Who is your favourite Nigerian  designer?
SB: Bridget Awosika.

Mayreejay: Who is your favourite designer in the Western world?
SB: Vera Wang and Chanel.

Mayreejay: Which fashion item(s) you are crazy about?
SB: Right now, I’m going through a jeans and belts phase.

Mayreejay: 3 things you cannot do without everyday?
SB: My Blackberry – I guess (rolling eyes), music and of course food (notice how the blackberry came first?).

Mayreejay: when was the last time you splurge? What was it on?
SB: A few weeks ago – 2 identical John Galliano belts in patent black and beige, I just couldn’t pick one. And a luxury spa treatment after which I splurged on some of the spa’s products.

Mayreejay: Who would u play closet raider with?
SB: Hmmmm…I’m not sure of this one really. My appetite for fashion is insatiable such that it supersedes any one individual.

Mayreejay: Whose style do you admire and why?
SB: Kate Moss.  She’s simple and stylish.

Mayreejay: Who is(are) your role model(s)?
SB: Abba Folawiyo, Diane Von Furstenberg and Ladi Bawa – my mother.

Mayreejay: What is your priced possession?
SB: My intellect.

Mayreejay: Where do you see yourself 5years from now?
SB: Bigger and Better.

Mayreejay: How would you rate the Nigerian fashion  scene presently?
SB: It is evolving so rapidly its almost scary. But its healthy, very healthy and I’m really excited.

Sally Bawa EXCLUSIVE (The delectable designer in one of her creations – far right).

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Sally Bawa Ready to Wear

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Sally Bawa Ready to Wear

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Sally Bawa Ready to Wear

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Sally Bawa Ready to Wear

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Visit Sally Bawa to see more of her beautifully designed clothes and more.

‎​No1 Biaduo street, off Awolowo road, South-West Ikoyi, Lagos
Email: contact@sallybawa.com
Tel: +2348068005857

http://www.sallybawa.com/exclusive.html : link for her exclusive collection.
http://www.sallybawa.com/spring_collection.html : link for ready to wear.



Maryanne Alabi, popularly known as Mayreejay is a wardrobe consultant, CEO of her self named company "Maryanne Alabi". Deputy editor for Bloke mag, contributing Fashion editor for Y!Mag. Fierce lover of and everything Glamorous!! Follow me on twitter @mayreejay for fab fashion updates.


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