As wedding season approaches, and the very pricey aso ebis….N35,000 for a couple of yards of fabric? Seriously? Who sets the prices anyway?
Back to my story, as you ladies know and a couple of gentlemen, finding a good tailor ANYWHERE is a mission. Let’s not even start with the little Senegalese tailor in the wilderness where I live, talk about messing a sister up two days before my besties nuptials. All was salvaged though; after all I am a fashionista.
Having exhausted the referrals to horrible tailors, I resorted to trying to find some of the so called ‘Nigerian Designers’ the big named ones. I will not name names now. After much enquiry, I finally got word; I skimmed down my facebook message. Did I just read right??? N300, 000 to make an outfit. Before I keep typing, let me convert that to dollars, $2000. I was and I am still presently gobsmacked. Thinking it was a mistake I wrote back, of course the reply came late, N300, 000 it was and the tone of the message stated, if I didn’t like it, I could look somewhere else! Well, it was implied.
Complaining to one of my Lagos friends was met with a huge hiss ‘Tinu why are you complaining? that’s even cheap. What were you expecting, she’s the biggest designer in Lagos at the moment and by the way, won’t you pay the same for a Lanvin Dress’. ERRR nooo, I have priorities bills to pay, fuel for my car (have u seen the gas prices lately??) and sugar daddies are so passé!!!!. I mean come on, I love fashion and I love to look good but $2000 for a dress I’m only going to wear for ONE day is a bit much, don’t you think??
I’m really not trying to knock any one off their hustle, if anything, more grease to Nigerian designers, but the pricing is rather ‘much’. After further investigation, I discovered certain pieces from a highly sought after designer can go for up to N800, 000. *holds chest and faints, wakes up and faints again*. That is almost one million naira. HOW!! WHEN!! WHY?? And who can afford these crazy prices. I hear so many people arguing about International designers and their prices, puleaaseee that’s why they have capsule lines. Marc Jacobs, Chloe and Armani all have it. Affordable versions of the actual collection. $300 for a Marc by Marc Jacobs dress and I can call it Marc Jacobs, God no go vex!
So I guess I’ll be running back to my Senegalese man!! Or better still when are the sales?