A renowned fashion designer, Bolaji Olumoh, on Monday admonished fashion designers and entrepreneurs not to compromise quality in their bid to have a brand that would stand the test of time.
Olumoh, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Bolaji Sparks, a male fashion conglomerate, gave the advice in an interview in Abuja.
The fashion genius with a clothing line ranging from traditional wears to shoe, among others, said the industry had its peculiar challenges, but admonished designers to be true to themselves.
“Put your head up, be true to yourself and don’t compromise your quality, because after collecting money from your clients, the quality is what will make them come back or run away from you.
“Therefore, don’t compromise on the quality of your works and don’t try to exploit your clients; anything you cannot sell to people with low income, you will not be able to sell to anybody.
“You need to be considerate in fixing the price for your products; making it big is a gradual process; don’t rush to hit it big, you may fall easily,’’ he said.
On the level of patronage for his brand `Bolaji Sparks’, the Kano-born graduate of law from Ilorin in Kwara, said it had been good, saying “we keep growing by the day.
“However, the mentality of Nigerians about Nigerian products is not patriotic, but then; seeing the kind of quality we have a larger audience now and that perception is changing.
“Like every Nigerian says the factors of production are expensive; no power supply and you have to buy petrol and things like that; but we are trying our best to keep up,’’ Olumoh said.
The designer called on the government to step up sensitisation on Nigerian-made products, adding that the government should provide better infrastructure, soft loans and incentives for young fashion entrepreneurs.
The lawyer turned fashion icon said that young Nigerians with passion for fashion should follow their passion to break-even in the country.
“If fashion is your passion, pursue it; don’t do anything that is not your passion, you are just going to be a stranger there, you are not going to last.
“However, if it is your passion, even if you fail, you will be happy to get up and get back on track,’’ Olumoh said.