Sunday, October 7, 2012


The design Queen of West Africa!

Queen B, Lisa Folawiyo.

Lisa Folawiyo, founder and creative director of Jewel by Lisa studied Law at the University of Nigeria. With no formal training, she started the label in her home, after the birth of her daughter in 2005. Her passion for clothes and her innate sense of style led her to create what at the time had never been done, the embellishing of the local Ankara fabric; which has now become a global phenomenon.
Jewel by Lisa is a multi-faceted global womenswear and accessories collection. Designer Lisa Folawiyo perfected the art of wearing Ankara (local West African fabric) through the use of ornate embellishment; Jewel by Lisa changed the face of the fabric, creating a global print and turning the label into a coveted luxury brand. Incorporating texture with this culturally established tradition has been the key to Jewel by Lisaʼs success, creating a conceptual and global design hybrid.
Fused with its very own custom luxury prints alongside plush fabrics like silk, leather, and chantilly lace, Jewel by Lisa masterly delivers contemporary garments. With a strong eye for tailoring and fit, Folawiyo creates feminine silhouettes with nods to traditional African aesthetics.

Jewel by Lisa has been featured in several publications such as The New York Times, Drapers,,,,,,,, Lucky, Women’s Wear Daily,, Glamour Magazine (South Africa), Essence, Arise, Ebony, Marie Claire (South Africa).

 The Jewel by Lisa SS12 beaded clutch seen on reality star & Pastry shoe designer, 
Angela Simmons during New York Fashion Week!

 Celebrity Fashion Stylist/Designer & TV Host, June Ambrose of the Tv Show, 'Styled by June'.
                   Jewel by Lisa SS12 bejeweled box shirt @ NYFW.

 Kim Kardashian & her bff, Lala Vasquez who's wearing a Jewel by Lisa Silk/Ankara rushed mini:-) 

Reality star & shoe designer, Angela Simmons is a huge fan, here she is again in a bejeweled box jacket by the fashion house, Jewel by Lisa.

Each Jewel by Lisa garment boasts a handcrafted and unique history from inception to construction. Folawiyoʼs expert beading craftsmen hand embellish each Jewel by Lisa piece, on average a 120—hour process that reflects the brandʼs focus on design integrity.

Designer, Lisa & her models.

Jewel by Lisa has shown her collections on international platforms – from Johannesburg, London, Paris, to New York at New York Fashion Week (SS10 & SS12) as part of the Arise Magazine collectives at the Mercedez-Benz New York Fashion Week Spring Summer ‘10 & ’12 collections, and Lagos at the celebrated Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW)
 in Lagos, Nigeria.
Jewel by Lisa’s standout collection for SS’11 was well received and raved about by editorials such as, Women’s Wear Daily and the New York Post.

Additionally, the label presented its AW ‘12/Resort ‘13 collection at the prestigious Pitti W Tradeshow in Florence via Lagos Fashion and Design Week, with Nigeria as Guest Nation.

Jewel by Lisa 
at Arise magazine Fashion Week 2012

To the JEWEL BY LISA website.