Lyande kaikai is the 25 years old co-founder and creative director of jewel clothing, a company she started in 2007 with her co-founder and close friend Julia Omoarukhe.
Jewel clothing produce handmade, one-off garments collections for women.
Lyande kaikai who currently works part-time job as an NHS Administrator from her university days and Working as an property manager said that the experience has given her valuable skills she currently uses in her business.
From the embarrassment of seeing a girl wear the same outfit as her in a party with her passion for fashion, and a demanding mother who pushed her to start her own business, jewel clothing was born.
With no experience, she bought some simple patterns and decided to get in touch with her aunt to help her make a unique dress of her own. After long hours, days of constant practice, she started to make simple materials like cotton summer shifts.
After showcasing some of her designs, friends started getting in touch for birthday orders. She decided to take it up a notch and sell their samples in Spitalfields market.
Till today they still go to Spitalfields Market in London on the last Friday of every month to sell samples.
Today she juggles her jobs as a part-time NHS administrator and her property manager job to finding time to pursue her dream as a fashion designer and entrepreneur.
In a few years, she is hoping to see jewel clothing become available worldwide, maybe branch into designing wedding dresses and have its own boutique but for now she is happy keeping her customers looking and feeling like a jewel.