Onyx & Pearl is a new Nigerian unisex label that has Adebayo Oke-Lawal as the creative director with his 3 other partners Oluwaseun Abiodun Lisk, Dapo Ajayi and Oyakhire Russell. The label was birthed from an erstwhile conservative menswear label called Lisk. Lisk was started off by Seun and had indeed started receiving accolades from the fashion Industry’s conservative audience but Seun being business savvy understood that that wasn’t enough thus, the re-branding into a simpler, but edgier and more fashion forward brand ‘Onyx & Pearl’ which could only be driven by the mix of these 4 very diverse minds.
Label Ethos: “more than just the clothes” Onyx & Pearl goes beyond clothing, we want our clothes even in its simplicity to speak volumes, change perceptions, break the Nigerian fashion heretic.The Onyx & pearl man is a man that dares to be different, isn’t afraid to try new things, he can be a man in pink, yellow or what not, he isn’t afraid to be fashion forward. The Onyx & Pearl woman is a woman that understands her sexuality and knows obviating it beautifully doesn’t necessitate nudity’.
Inspiration For the collection: “The collection was based on a competition Onyx & Pearl entered last month at Daystar church with the ideology of breaking boundaries behind it. Nigerians are generally believed to have certain perceptions of how Nigerian men and women should dress, what colours they should use and what not, Onyx & Pearl defies that! Letting people know that you can be a man in pink, you can be a modest woman and not wear your grandmas clothing, you can be edgy and not sluttish, the one minded Nigerian was the inspiration behind it”.
View debut collection “The Haunting” below:
Photography by Victor Udoh Augustine