by Yemi Olowu
For anyone else, designing might be just another vocation, but for Babatunde Oyeyemi of Maxivive, it’s a passion that he can’t do without. The 19-year-old designer believes so much in creativity and is determined to touch the world with his unique and effortless pieces.
When did you start creating styles for your label?
I started when I was in high school, SS2 to be precise
What was the first piece of clothing you ever designed?
The first piece I made was a shirt and a mofla for an event in back in school
What are the fabrics you like working with?
I can work with any fabric, working with different fabrics brings out the creativity in me
What matters to you most as a designer?
My sketches and my customer’s satisfaction
What inspires your designs?
The people around me, my mood, my environment, natural occurences, situations and seasons etc
What problems do you face as a designer in this part of the world?
Non availability of good fabrics, transportation, finance and appreciation.
How do you rate the Nigerian fashion industry?
The Nigerian fashion industry has gone from cradle to a point of contact in the global market.
If you were not a designer what would you have been?
An aeuronautic engineer or a psychologist.
What can you tell aspiring designers wanting to make it big in the industry?
They should be focus, never to be discourged, determination and be unique.
Who are your favourite designer locally?
Mai Atafo and Deola Sagoe
How do you think the government can support you designers?
The government should lift ban on fabrics, create a condusive environment and access to loan from banks to the fashion industry, without cut neck interests.
Where do you see your label in the next ten years?
To be a brand known both locally and globally.