Lagos is as passionate about custom-made clothes as it is about designer brands, accessories and shoes. Although most of these brands are pretty high-end and luxurious, the locals believe that choosing well-made fashion is important. There are several boutiques stocking both international and African designer brands and we’ve rounded up some of the best.
Alara Lagos is a concept store stocking everything from clothes to arts and accessories in its four-storey architectural marvel at Victoria Island, designed by Sir David Adjaye OBE. The brain-child of Reni Folawiyo, a design enthusiast who is dedicated to the celebration of African art, the store has been benchmarked against Colette (Paris), and London’s Dover Street Market for its quality mix of brands and excellent customer service. The first store in West Africa to officially retail names like Bottega Veneta, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino and many more, it also stocks designs by designers Duro Olowu, Maki Oh and Loza Maléombho.
For lovers of the alternative, unusual and quirky, Stranger stocks the best fashion lines and accessories in Lagos. Owned and run by Bibi and Yegwa Ukpo, the store features designs from brands like Kenneth Ize, U.Mi-1, Peir Wu and many others. Their boutique also doubles as a creative space and recently received a British Council grant to become the first Maker Library in Lagos. They also offer cold brew coffee and yoga classes.
The Florence H Boutique is a luxury shoe and accessories store with high-end designer labels. The CEO, Abisola Kola-Daisi, is known as a luxury lifestyle influencer. With a wide selection that caters specifically to women, the store is particular about stocking the latest fashion designs, while it’s also known for helping its clients source vintage accessories.
A collaboration between Adumadan and StorAfrica (a luxury retail specialist), Modan Luxury Store manages to combine elegance and sophistication to create a space that’s both welcoming and warm. With licenses from Giorgio Armani, La Perla, Roberto Cavalli Women and more, and African artists like Polly Alakija, the store offers its clientele a wide range of retail goods, particularly for women. They also run a pop-up store.
Polo Avenue has a retail line that includes Jimmy Choo, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, and Balenciaga, with a focus on leather goods, wristwatches, and jewellery. Polo Avenue is a brand with over 25 years experience in making luxury goods available to its clientele. Founded by John Obayuwana and headed by his daughter, Jennifer Obayuwana, the duo bring a touch of the modern and vintage to fashion retailing. The boutique has five outlets across Lagos, Abuja and Ghana.