Vlisco&co Launch Nigeria edition

After a successful first edition of Vlisco&co in Accra, it was now Lagos’ turn to wow the world with their creations. The event was hosted by Vlisco and A White Space Creative Agency at Alara, with DJ Aye! as a great addition to keep the energy going. Lagos’ first edition was attended by the likes of Linda Ejiofor, Naeto and Nicole Chikwe, Dolapo Oni Sijuwade, Bolanle Olukanni, Kayla Oniwo, Denola Grey, Simi Esiri, Fisayo Longe, Akin Faminu, Sharon Ojong and Kessiana Edewor.


The event kicked off with an interactive session between Karo Akpokiere in conversation with writer Ayodele Arigbabu, that took place in a recreated studio titled ‘6 Stories of Disintergration’. Karo Akpokiere, a renowned Nigerian illustrator who exhibited in the Venice Biennale, envisioned new ways of reinventing classic Vlisco designs in his sketches and illustrations. Other than that, he was equally involved in the storytelling around these classics.

The talented new generation of locally based Nigerian fashion designers presented their fashion creations during the event. Commissioned collections by designers Tokyo James and Abiola Olusola were showcased. Tokyo James’ menswear collection, which included two Vlisco innovation fabrics that were used for the first time, made a big impression on the audience. Not only did he create true gentlemen’s wear, he also transformed Vlisco fabrics into other fabric qualities, by mixing the fabrics with other materials and accurately stitching them together. Tokyo James worked with photographer Terna Iwar on both a fashion film and shoot of his classic, yet very modern collection, which was also showcased during the night.

Designer Abiola Olusola on her turn took us on an eclectic journey of dresses. With her daring shapes, she brought both new and classic Vlisco designs to life. The whole picture of her collection worked out perfectly well because of the interesting way she mixed the prints.

Furthermore, filmmaker, stylist and fashion-visualist, Daniel Obasi presented his inspiring afro-futurism film titled ‘An Alien in Town’, which showcased Abiola’s and Tokyo’s work.

Daniel Obasi – ‘An Alien in Town’


Film for Vlisco & A White Space Creative Agency | Art Direction & Styling: Daniel Obasi | Fashion Design: Tokyo James & Abiola Olusola | Models: Rebecca Fabunmi, Oke Tobi Subomi & Benita Ango | Videography: Ugo Oparadike & assistant Deji Adekoya | Production Assistant: Ifeoma Kalu | Composer: Emmanuel Ejidike | Editor: Matuluko Robert | Make up: Lauretta Orji | Hair: Happiness Okon

In the light of the first Vlisco&co event in Lagos, we interviewed Art Director Daniel Obasi about his work, the concept of his afro-futuristic short film ‘An Alien in Town’ and the collaboration with Vlisco.


Together with Vlisco, Obasi created the short film, showcasing the story of a contemporary and suburb culture with an afro-futuristic twist, using the streets of Lagos as a backdrop. The story follows two stylishly clad humans who take on the responsibility of teaching a new found alien how to fit within the Lagos metropolis. Bringing fashion out to the streets. It’s vintage, retro-inspired, colourful and focuses on the energy that comes from African fashion.

Interview by: Kene Nwatu

Tokyo James – ‘The new Africa’

Photography by Terna Iwar

For the Vlisco&co event in Lagos, Vlisco collaborated with men’s wear brand Tokyo James. At the event, Tokyo James presented his new collection ‘The new Africa’ made with exclusive Vlisco innovation fabrics.


Right at the heart of the Tokyo James brand ethos, is the concept of ‘simplicity with an edge’ – because what is life without the balance between the normal and the extraordinary? Tokyo James took inspiration from the heart of Africa and the delicate balance that exists between the African man and his environment. How can man co-exist with nature on a day to day bases? Men are a force that impact their environment, but nature too continuously adapts and fights back. This dance that has been going on since the beginning of time, is represented in the collection called ‘The new Africa’.


In the collection, beautifully photographed by Terna Iwar, Tokyo James worked with classic Vlisco design ‘Dices’ and two of our latest and exclusive innovation fabrics – which will be available in the first quarter of 2018.

Interview by: Kene Nwatu

Abiola Olusola

photography by: William Ukoh


We interviewed Fashion Designer Abiola Olusola about her brand, working with Vlisco fabrics and the collaboration for the Vlisco&co event Lagos.


Abiola took the crowd at the Vlisco&co Lagos event on an eclectic journey, showcasing daring shaped dresses and interesting combinations and placements of new and classic Vlisco designs. Furthermore, together with the works of Tokyo James, her creative fashion design was featured in the Afro-futuristic short film ‘An Alien in town’ by Art Director Daniel Obasi. To top it all off, together with A White Space Creative Agency, photographer William Ukoh beautifully captured Abiolas’ fashion designs – styled with Tokyo James items – in the Lookbook.

Interview by: Kene Nwatu

Karo Akpokiere

According to Karo Akpokiere, the renowned Nigerian illustrator, the African aesthetic can be seen differently. That’s why for his collaboration with Vlisco for the Vlisco&co Lagos event, he focused on deconstructing Vlisco patterns and storytelling through these patterns. Watch the interview with him here.


‘Six stories of disintegration’ is a collaborative project between Karo Akpokiere and Ayo Arigbabu centered around reinterpreting six classic Vlisco designs. The project formed a contribution to the first edition of the Vlisco&co event in Lagos, initiated by Vlisco and organized by A White Space Creative Agency.

Interview by: Kene Nwatu