Omoyemi Akerele is the Founder and Artistic Director of Style House Files, a Nigeria-based creative development agency for Nigerian and African designers. She was trained as a lawyer from the University of Lagos before she went on to bag a Masters in International Economic Law from the University of Warwick. Omoyemi worked at prestigious Nigerian law firm, Olaniwun Ajayi & Co., from 2000 to 2003. And was the Senior Style Editor at popular fashion magazine ‘True Love’ before she founded Style House Files.
Her company, Style House Files, is a pioneering agency in image consultancy and creative direction that works with Nigerian and African brands on brand positioning and retail strategies. She also helps brands gain essential international exposure through presenting showcases at Pitti Immagine in Italy, and through Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW).
Omoyemi founded LFDW in 2011 and it runs a 4-day schedule featuring a select list of talented up and coming designers and fashion entrepreneurs. She partnered with the British Fashion Council for the show and it has been instrumental in raising the profile of the Nigerian fashion industry and has drawn international attention and acclaim from journalists such as Suzy Menkes and Cristina Manfredi, as well as attracting a host of international buyers.
Widely regarded as a driving force behind the burgeoning Nigerian fashion industry, Omoyemi was recently honoured by Business of Fashion (BoF) by making the BOF 500 List for the 5th time in a row since 2013.
So proud of her and how her work affects, not just Nigeria’s fashion industry, but the narrative of the country as a whole.