I Interviewed the Creative Director and Owner of Eniola David, who recently launched a new collection called The Afropolitan Collection. She is definitely a designer you should get familiar with. Her work is truly amazing, and I especially look forward to owning pieces from this collection. Get to know her. Enjoy..
*This interview was conducted before the launch of The Afropolitan collection*
Can you tell us a little about you?
I’m Eniola Hundeyin, hail from Lagos, Nigeria, live in Toronto, ON.
What is the history of David Fashion House?
It’s something I always wanted to do. However in September 2007 I made denim skirts for my friends and I to a party and got a lot of attention because we stood out in a good way. Since then, I was like I really really want to do this. I was in university then so I could only honor some invites to show my stuff in various shows and magazines (all these were in a span of 2 years or so). And for the name David, it was given to me during one of my quiet times I spent with God. So after all my searching and thinking, I had a eureka moment and since then, David it was!
How did you get started as a Designer?
I just did the things I enjoyed such as draw clothes and I did this from the moment I knew how to hold a pencil. Some of the sketches materialized, others didn’t. I drew looks a child and begged our tailor to make them for me but the first time anyone took me seriously was before my high school prom in 2002. Two of my best friends said ”Draw something for me, I want to wear it for prom”. I was so impressed when they showed up in the designs!
Did you train/go to Fashion School?
Up until today I’ve had no formal training in fashion design. Few sewing classes here and there, a handful of guts and lots of blessings. Meanwhile I’m in the very last stage of my new project. It’s called the Afropolitan Collection. It’s my first time being involved in the full works of production: film, images & a website. I’m putting finishing touches to the website layout, it will all be ready by the end of the week. I’m so proud of it!
Who do you design for? Men, Women, Kids?
I design for self-assured women who do not need social trends to thrive and know that individuality never goes out of style.
What inspires your art?
Social issues, the environment, architecture, food, music, Lagos city (Nigeria), my childhood, the life of David, people (fictional and real)… just life, really.
What matters to you most as a fashion designer?
That while I’m still around I can uplift people, impact lives and make a difference in the way we live. And even after I’m gone, that my work will remain relevant to the world.
What is a typical day like for you?
It depends on a lot of things but my ideal typical day in no particular order is to spend time with God, get some work done, talk with my family and friends (most likely give my opinion about something I feel strongly about lol), cook a Bobbly Flay-inspired dish and sleep. I love sleeping!
How do people respond to your work?
I get very positive and overwhelming responses. It makes me a bit worried (don’t ask why, lol) but also grounded.
What are you into this season?
I just got into African literature and I’m loving it so far!
What’s your perspective on the current state of fashion?
I think technology has made fashion very multidimensional. Fashion designers are beginning to expand their creative domain beyond the rut of seasonal clothes and fashion week. Technology has integrated all these different forms of art and created this like-never-before platform for expression. Now there’s so much that can be done to show a garment and I think it’s definitely something to be embraced. On the other hand, malls should be banned.
Three top favorite designers?
The afropolitan woman who understands all things beautiful, Deola Sagoe, the mighty entrepreneur Ralph Lauren and the genius & inspiring mind of Carlos Mielle.
What causes or issues are important to you as an organization (or as an individual)?
I believe in the empowering of women such that our identities become individual and not just an affiliate of somebody else’s as is the case now. Other issues important to me are advocacy for natural (kinky/afro) hair and environmental sustainability.
Fashion is a blessing if done genuinely.
How can people reach you for your services?
My blog http://creationdavid.blogspot.com/ OR email me at firstname.lastname@example.org