It took me a few days to complete the interview with this week’s young entrepreneur. It wasn’t that he was proud or wanted to be elusive, he was simply overwhelmed by barrage of orders. This could only mean one thing; public acceptance and confidence in his work. I present to you this week’s young entrepreneur; Oladejo Azeez, the CEO/Founder of ZED Fashion, a multifaceted outfit involved in clothing, entertainment, artist and model promotion.
Can you introduce yourself to us?
My name is Oladoja Azeez, also known as Zed. I am the CEO/founder of ZED fashion from Oyo state, Nigeria. ZED fashion explores the world of fashion, entertainment, model and artiste promotion, clothing, research related to fashion and lot more.
I am the first child and the only son of the family. My mother is from Delta state while my father is from Oyo state. I attended Command Day Secondary School, Adekunle Fajuyi Cantonment, Ojo, Ibadan. I later proceeded to the Federal School of Statistics where I had my OND in Statistics.
Okay, so when and how did ZED fashion begin?
That’s a long story. I started with the charismatic team when I was at Federal School of Statistics, but it later flopped. You know when the journey of a real man starts some people leave naturally for the blessing to come. I had to re brand. Zed fashion started when I was doing my IT program at MARS limited (market audit and research service limited, Airport road Lagos) with my colleague/partner Jide Shadare, student of Bowen University studying Sociology.
You told me about an online modeling competition that ZED fashion organizes, tell us a little about it, how do people enroll?
Battle of Likes is an online modeling competition on ZED fashion Facebook fan page. The competition is all about posting your model picture to the ZED fashion Facebook fan page and with this we present awesome prizes for the most liked picture. We’ve done the season 1 and 2.
If I want to participate what do I do? Will I just upload my picture on your Facebook page?
No. You register by paying a registration fee after that you send your pictures and details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s talk about your clothing line; your beautiful designs were what attracted me, where do you get your inspiration from?
Hmmm… Actually, I started the clothing line two months ago. I have a flair for clothing. This is what I love to do.
What does it take to be a designer?
There is no formal education or certification required to become a successful fashion designer, but that doesn’t make the feat any easier. You will need to have a combination of drawing, sewing, design skills, knowledge of the fashion industry, and unparalleled perseverance.
What type of wears do you specialize in; casual or corporate?
ZED fashion sew Natives, Brand Casual, Couple Wears, Official Jersey, Birthday Tees, Polo, Versiry Jacket, Gown, Jalamia, Departmental Wears…. e.t.c.
Hmm. Your range is quite wide. What makes ZED clothing line special? Why should I order and buy from you and not someone else?
The quality of our clothing and its affordable
Tell us about Simple Magazine and its relationship with ZED fashion.
I must confess Simple Magazine is one of the best brands in Africa… Zed Fashion represents Simple Magazine in the whole of Ibadan city.
Marketing, advert placement etc
Okay. Have you had the opportunity to showcase some of your lovely designs in a fashion show?
No. As I said earlier ZED Fashion clothing line just started a few months ago, and we are still working on reaching more audience to know the brand.
Okay. I would love to see your designs on TV soon.
What are the challenges that you faced building ZED fashion brand? And what are some that you are still facing?
I didn’t have difficulty choosing my career. The difficulties came afterwards. Then I realized I’m into some serious business. Since then, I have basically been working every time, but it is something that I enjoy doing a lot.
Okay. Finally, what are your future plans for ZED fashion?
ZED fashion is not just a brand, it is a registered company. ZED Fashion is an organization with the vision of exploring the world of fashion and entertainment, and our mission is to employ a whole array of avenue to bring its product and services to the people.
Thank you very much for your patience and corporation. We wish you well in your future endeavors.