We love to see great men…rise up from Nigeria and top the list of Forbes richest men. We noticed Nigeria hasn’t had a young millionaire come up from the country, so we intend to do that and inspire other young entrepreneurs out there to do the same- Alex Folzi
Alex Folzi does an exclusive interview with CP-Africa’s Jen Ehidiamen! Read below! Share and tweet! 🙂
CP-Africa.com: For the benefit of our readers, what is Alex Folzi?
Alex Folzi has been associated with the art of fashion since January 2010. Our styles allow for the uniqueness of individuals who seek to express themselves through fashion. What began as a hobby with a collection of tailor fit trousers for men and women have grown into an entire world redefining European and American style. Alex Folzi has always stood its ground for providing quality, quantity, and satisfaction for customers and creating worlds that invite people to take part in our dream and their every day lifestyle and activity.
Today, Alex Folzi has a worldwide network of fans from different parts of the world shopping from the online store (http://www.alexfolzi.ca/) and then shares their stories and excitement with one another on the facebook and twitter fan page.
At Alex Folzi, our main goal is getting the attention of the youths and satisfying them with good vintage and elegant styles from our products.
CP-Africa.com: What in your opinion makes you unique?
Nothing made us more proud than seeing the first designed sample of our vintage canvas suitcase manufactured in 11 different colors as well as our exotic vintage trunks (We are glad to say that we are the only company out there that manufactures briefcases in such amount of bright colors). We are unique in making fashion a personal and memorable experience for people who have passion for fashion. We manufacture good quality and quantity but originality is the father of our brand.
There is always greatness behind every Alex Folzi’s product. We are doing all of this without compromising our passion or our commitment to the integrity of our brands.
CP-Africa.com: How did it all begin?
We always had a huge passion for fashion right from when we could barely talk. Our passion for fashion was evident even at a very tender age- panting after every item of clothing like a deer after running water. We were always anxious for Christmas clothes even in the middle of spring! We were literally up for anything that could get us new clothes and everyone knew it. For us, there was never any anxiety over what to wear because we had the astonishing ability to combine anything and still look impeccable. We were magnets for anything attractive. So while growing up and attending college, we decided to mix that with the little knowledge of business to start our own line. The motivation started last year back in December after a trip from New York. We decided to start the company because we had so many designs already drawn on paper, then we agreed to put it into reality.
CP-Africa.com: Considering that you are both twins and also partners in business, how do you separate the personal from professional?
We put ever thing together. We think that’s what has brought us this far, we have lived together our whole lives so understanding our differences and being able to work together goes just fine.
CP-Africa.com: Who and What inspires you?
Well we get inspirations from a lot people, but we are going to list the most important ones. Our mum inspires us in terms of business. She’s been a successful businesswoman for over 25 years now. Growing up, we learnt a lot from her in terms of organization and being a leader. We are also inspired by musicians, Hip hop artist to be precise. Guys like Kanye West and Jay Z have influenced us to work harder. We love how Jay Z redefined success without a college degree, he grew up from the projects, became a famous/talented musician then turned an entrepreneur. That’s just great! We also get inspirations from Alhaji Aliko Dangote. We love to see great men like him rise up from Nigeria and top the list of Forbes richest men. We noticed Nigeria hasn’t had a young millionaire come up from the country, so we intend to do that and inspire other young entrepreneurs out there to do the same.
CP-Africa.com: What has been some of your major challenges so far?
School has been our major challenge, our first year was pretty tough because running a company and going to school isn’t as smooth as it seems to be. Besides that we had to switch programs from arts and design to international business so we can get more knowledge on the business aspect of our life. But now the company is growing faster and wider, it gets tougher with school. We had to create a timetable/schedule to work with, at least that helped a lot in reducing the tension.
CP-Africa.com: Have you featured on any runway shows yet?
Not yet, but we are looking to have one soon because our apparels and accessories comes out before the end of the year. Hopefully it is going to be history in the making in the fashion world because we intend to go off the board.
CP-Africa.com: Your favorite designers?
We look up to designers like Billy Reid, Burkman Brothers and Brooklyn circus. We feel we have a lot in common, their designs are amazing, its something we would wear and something we would design as well. They are well detailed; you can literally say their clothes have personalities. We look forward to collaborate with these gentlemen someday, and we see it coming soon, sooner than we think it would. In terms of runway shows, we look up to Karl Lagerfeld for runway inspirations. His runway shows reminds us of the movie AVARTA. Karl pushes the barrier when it comes to runway shows, he brings his clothes to life by using the best and most talented models in the industry and by creating his own world in an already existing world.
CP-Africa.com: What more should we expect from your fashion label?
Our Company will more than ever remain steadfast to the tradition of the Northern American/European heritage and values. But over the long term, our international expansion efforts will offer us the most exciting and transformational growth opportunities. There is so much for us to achieve worldwide. The transition of our Southeast Asian business will mark a major stride forward, particularly as it relates to achieving our long-term goal by having approximately one-third of our revenues come from the Asia-Pacific region.
The market growth dynamics are very compelling and among the strongest in the world. We believe the potential for our brands selling in China, given the growing appetite for global vintage brands among Chinese consumers, is tremendous. Just as our revenues will be increasingly generated in international markets, we will allocate our capital and managerial resources accordingly.
We have always believed that stores are the most important link to our customers. They will be the home to everything we create. Our dedication to finding the most outstanding locations and customizing them with the right product/apparels to fit the culture of our brand is just the right way to grow. There are so many exciting things coming up for the company.
CP-Africa.com: What is the most exciting thing about being a Fashion designer?
We get to meet a lot of famous people. The most exciting thing is the beautiful ladies we get to work with- models, make up artists or designers. It was just so cool at the beginning, which was kind of over whelming for us though.
CP-Africa.com: Last words for young designers trying to find their path and make a name for themselves in the fashion industry?
There is no limit to what you can do in life, be creative, stand out, and follow your dreams/passion. It can pay in billions if you are tenacious enough.
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Interview conducted by Jen Ehidiamen