I Felt Like Giving Up Once – Fast Rising Fashion Designer Poise
Here we are with CEO of Poise Clothing, an award winning fashion designer and a young entrepreneur.
He talks about himself, challenges with Poise and how the brand came up in this interview with Judith Harankis of JoyAkosaCorner.
Q: Inside out what can you say about you?
My names are Adeosun Oluwatoyin Oyekanmi, am a Fashion Designer, A Life Style Entrepreneurs. I am the last child of a family of 6. Growing up was interesting and full of fun. I also grew up to see my mum do several businesses mostly buying and selling, Dad also had businesses even while he was employed. I can simply say I grew up in a business oriented family.
Q:As the last child of the family, have you for once let it get to you?
At all, right from a young age my Dad raised us to be self reliant, I grew up to learn that, so I hardly depend on anybody but God. I love been independent.
Q: When did you decided to go into clothing?
I decided to go into clothing full-time in year 2005.
Q:What will you say was a challenge for you?
I faced several challenges in phases from finance to stress to customers etc, But I had a strong mind towards my passion never to give up for any reason.
Q:Recently you unveiled some new collections with some A-list celebrities, what was the experience like?
Sincerely I had a fabulous experience and also every level comes with its challenges, for instance wanting to put my best into the collections and making them look like the title of the collections which was Afro Exotica Collections. Also making sure the photo shoot is well excellently directed to international standard because I believe anything worth doing at all is worth doing well, Our Afro Exotica Collections were modeled by 9ice, Femi Daniel (Hip Tv) and Jaypaul (Rave Tv)
Q: Talking about challenges facing fashion industry, how are you coping?
We have our vision clearly stated and we ain’t giving up on it, that re-fuel our motivation to keep solving every problem that come our way. We keep improving per second and work towards being the best in creativity and the business
Q:In 2016, was there any remarkable moment?
Yes, we embarked on a major project and we succeeded. Our Fashion showroom outlet project kicked-off October and was completed December, I give all glory to God because this project had been on paper for over A decade and now it’s a reality even within the recession; it’s just the beginning of a new beginning.
Q: Aside from being a fashion designer, are you into any other business?
Am presently in the business of fashion only but most likely several other businesses will spring-up in the nearest future. I believe it’s better to stabilize one business first then others can come in.
Q:If you have the opportunity to leave Nigeria will you?
Firstly I don’t count leaving Nigeria as an opportunity, I believe I can leave Nigeria anytime as the need comes, it’s not a big deal to me.
Q:Is there any reason behind the name Poise?
The name Poise came from my elder brother after studying me and as well the brand for years then he came up with the best name to qualify the brand.
Q: 2016, was a dramatic year, how in any way has the economic affect sales?
The 2016 economic recession affected sales for real but we hardly felt it because we often come of with creative ideas to make things work, and as a Christian we do not depend on the earthly economy, we depend on the Heavenly economy so our growth cannot be hindered
Q: After opening an outlet in the heart of Lagos, what are the plans in 2017?
2017 is a great year already, we intend having Poise Clothing Official Showroom Grand Opening on the 5th of February, take our proper place in the industry and expand as well into new territories.
Q: Do poise clothing have a signed model for the brand?
Poise Clothing doesn’t have a signed model for now, we work with our models based on contracts.
Q: Have you ever felt like giving up?
Yes I have but I stay motivated and keep moving, I have a vision and must achieve it and my mind Is made of for what I do… giving up is not an option for me at all.
Q: What would you say has been your driving force as a young entrepreneur?
My driving force has been God and on my part I am working towards a properly structured company and our vision is clearly started, if there is anywhere we look, it’s always forward.We always work to get better and beat all past records in and outside the state.
Q: Any event from you we need to look out for?
Our next major event is set to hold on the 5th of February which is Poise Clothing Showroom outlet Grand Opening.
Q: Any final words for young innovative people like yourself?
To every young entrepreneurs, my advise is for you to have you vision, mission and purpose well stated, stay focused on them, network with the right friends , be creative, be hard working, be a follower and improve your leadership skills and make everything work perfectly by trusting in God with your all.