Since its launch, Makioba — a plus size fashion design label based in Lagos, Nigeria — has had a singular aim: to help every woman exercise her right to be fabulous and elegant no matter her size. The brilliantly outspoken eponymous label was founded by Makioba Susan Bob-Manuel Olugbile, a fashion visionary with a unique approach to her craft that has endeared her to fans and followers all over the world. Fusing the best fabrics with universal influences to reinvent contemporary trends beyond the status quo, Makioba’s designs present a unique vision and attitude for the modern woman and her journey into confidence.
Fueled by her passion for fashion, Makioba has transformed what was once a simple idea into a power house favourite among the media, celebrities and fashion lovers, particularly in plus size fashion industry. The Makioba brand was birthed to the world of fashion in the year 2013 after a decision to move to Lagos State Nigeria, from the waterside city of Port Harcourt to start a new career in fashion. Three years down the line, what started as a side job with a tailoring studio she set up in her guest room has evolved into a fast growing business that now employs close to 20 workers and caters to the fashion needs of stylish women both locally and internationally.
The brand started its journey as a leading plus size fashion brand in Africa when Makioba decided to start modelling her pieces, in doing so the label was identified as a fashion forward brand that caters to women of every size. Gradually plus size women like herself started taking notes of her stylish and trendy looks thus creating a huge following and since the niche market was struggling with finding fashionable option to suit its needs, Makioba became (and still is) the go-to brand for curvy women. The Makioba experience goes beyond the frills and thrills of its glamorous pieces as it also delivers exceptional and versatile shopping options, from perfectly crafted couture pieces to ready to wear outfits that can be crafted to suit your style upon request, no matter your style, size or age, Makioba meets all standards with world class tailoring.
Sitting at the helm of creative affairs, Makioba cites her Kalabari culture with every design by creatively combining its influences with fashion inspirations from local and international designers like Lanre Da Silva, Deola Sagoe, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino and a few others to create an aesthetic that is unique to the brands core. The brands style fuses pattern, print, exquisite elements and traditional artistry to produce day wear, evening wear, gowns and cocktail dresses that bridge time and make the label successful within and outside the shores Nigeria. The perfect Makioba woman is the personification of sophistication, femininity, brilliance, confidence and on top of it al,l the ability to look trendy and stylish no matter her size or age.
Makioba is breaking style barriers one look at a time, from reinventing styles for all sizes to constructing trends and silhouettes to suite whatever figure, she continues to unabashedly shape the boundaries of fashion with unapologetic confidence. With a lineup of celebrities like Taje Prest, Dami Elebe, Tolu Oniru “Toolz”, Caroline King, Dayo Amusa, Latasha Ngwube, Vimbai Mutinhiri and many others championing her pieces, it’s evident that the Makioba label is here to stay. The label has been featured in many top ranking media brands like; Bellanaija, StyleVitea, Abla Woman Show, AboutThatCurvyLife, 360nobs, AzaZuri, Kamdora and many others.
Makioba holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the prestigious University of Port Harcourt and has worked for mega companies like; RED Transport, Casella Nigeria Limited and Dresser Kellog Energy Service. Now a full time fashion designer, she continues to explore the beauty in the unexpected and convey the luxury that exists in a world free from stereotypes. At the core of the Makioba’s values is her belief that every woman is the star of her own movie, and through the joy of providing world class fashion, the brand can help further define its customers individuality and personality.
In October 2016, Makioba took a step further in the body positive journey by giving life to the term ‘Plus Size’ on Africa’s biggest runway; Lagos Fashion and Design Week as part of the Aboutthatcurvylife Collective. Presenting the collection ‘Rays of The Moon’, Makioba served fierce and daring designs on the runway, introducing never before seen high fashion trends to the plus size world.
The collection was a huge hit across the global media radar as brands like BBC, CNN, Lifesize and many others praised Makioba’s designs and attention to details. Click the media logo below to read the review on their site.
Makioba continues to offer the best fashion through a broad spectrum of accessibility without compromising honesty and integrity. And with future plans to expand its current 4 room workshop complex into a fashion production warehouse and many other ideas in the works, it’s no doubt that the best is yet to come.