We already know one Nigerian Fashion House making masks amid the Coronavirus
House of Deola
I had previously, written about House of Deola making masks and delivering them to Ogun state citizens in need for free.
Exclusive information, I got from the Director of the fashion house, Teni Sagoe.
Ruff n Tumble
Another Made in Nigeria retailer, Ruff n Tumble,
is taking on this philanthropic task of producing masks.
“The quality of what is coming out could be better and I think we can make it better.”
Owner, Adenike Ogunlesi, who has spearheaded this business for over 20 years took to Facebook with a video captioned;
“Together we can stop the spread of COVID-19 by making cloth face masks available to everyone. To help support your local communities, contact us to order good quality, breathable, washable and reusable cloth face masks in large quantities.
#Ruffntumble #StaySafe #StayHome #SocialDistancing #StaySafeNigeria#wewillovercome”
She also expressed the difficulty her brand has been facing and what to do when faced with a challenge
“In that challenge is where you build your resilience, is where you build great! Because what this has shown me is that the textiles mills need to be completely revamped.”
She has recently opened an apparel factory known as Gatinmo Apparel on a mission to meet the demand of providing Nigerians with the much-needed face masks.
“I can’t compete with China, and it’s futile to try and compete with China but I can create a niche and I can play in a niche where the value I bring you can see it and you are willing to pay for it”.
*No 7 Isaac John Street, G.R.A., Ikeja Lagos, Nigeria
I’m happy to see that these two Nigerian brands,
despite not being as fortunate with grants like the global conglomerates,
are still keeping the needs of their local communities at the forefront of their minds
and have embarked on this herculean task of making masks in their niche parts of
Nigeria for various communities.