Onalaja is a contemporary womenswear brand founded by Kayinsola Onalaja following her graduation from Italian fashion school, Istituto Marangoni in 2014. Onalaja’s first showing of her debut collection ‘Bees’ Knees’ was at Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2015.
Onalaja’s brand aims to bridge the gap between the designer’s Nigerian heritage, her flair for artisan crafts, Italian design aesthetics with the formality of the British tribalism and traditions.
The focus of the brand is on perfect execution, craftsmanship and the imaginative concept of luxury and culture. Onalaja’s pieces are designed for the modern woman who represents the new ideal, representing freedom, change and modernity.
Onalaja experiments with fabrics, manipulation, textiles and colour to create a refined yet creatively experimental pieces that is often unconventional but wearable. The ‘Bees’ Knees’ collection is based on sweet shades of pink reimagined in hand sketched prints of flowers, petals and bees of course, a representation of the designer’s name – Kayinsola (Sweetness).
Onalaja was one of the designers at the International Fashion showcase 2016 in London.