Meet the team
GBLagos Art and Fashion Brand is a contemporary lifestyle brand that is into the production, collection and sales of amazing afrocentric artworks, fashion accessories and garments.
Our brand was founded by Damilare and Dunni Odunaro in 2017.
Damilare has a background in mechanical engineering and was (still is) a menswear fashion designer who has always had a great passion for collecting art and creating handmade pieces.
Dunni has a background in international law and diplomacy and was (still is) a womenswear fashion designer. She was born into a family of artist- her mother has 40 years experience of collecting/selling African art, and her father produces functional artworks such as home/office furniture and fittings.
The couple met each other at a fashion show were they both exhibited their designs. They built a friendship which lead to a marriage a year later. They have become partners in life and in business.
In 2017 we noticed that there was a gap: we have local artisans and creatives who produce amazing pieces but they do not have a place to showcase their works. At the same time we have people who would visit Nigeria and seek items like gifts and souvenirs to take back home, but there was no where to get them.
We stated our business to bridge that gap. We are the bridge that connects the local creative to the world.
We started off by hosting pop-up sales in malls and now we are on a digital space where anyone in any part of the world can shop and support African art. Our designs are inspired by the diverse African heritage and culture, with pieces inspired by East African Culture and West African Culture. We create this pieces to preserve our heritage and craftsmanship. Our goal is to provide our customers with a wide selection of exotic handcrafted products while creating income opportunities for the average African artisans/creatives. We are committed to making sustainable products that improve the environment, impact lives, and support community development across Nigeria and Africa. Our purpose is to empower and create a stream of income for the average man or woman who has had no luck in securing a job. We equip them with adequate trainings on how to create beautiful handmade craft and give a long term financial independence.