Our Wonderful Woman of the Week is NIKE OGUNLESI...!! .
Nike's story is very inspiring to many moms out there who are involved in the kid clothing business .
Pls relax, read, enjoy, be inspired... .
Adenike 'Nike' Ogunlesi is the founder of Ruff 'n' Tumble a leading designer, manufacturer and retailer of designer children's clothing in Nigeria. Nike started out modestly in 1996 selling the clothes she made from the boot of her car and in bazaars. .
Her success story began when Adenike ran out of pyjamas for her children and
decided to make them herself.
These nighties, were made out of cotton, and looked trendy, colourful, and beautifully graced with a Peter Pan collar. The frenzy around the creativity in these pyjamas, made it stand out from anything that was currently in the market.
Her sister in-law, upon seeing what she had created, couldn’t resist the beauty portrayed by the pyjamas, and asked that she makes seven (7) pyjamas for her, for a sum. This triggered a spark in Adenike, and she decided to try out this new venture.
As she embarked on this new journey, she started taking her kids clothing’s apart, to see how they were sewn together. As she figured out the sewing dynamics, she started to create beautiful patterns, which led to sewing more clothes like, trousers, shirts, shorts, and more. .
After dropping her kids at school, she’d attempt to sell some of the clothing she had made, from the boot of her car. Adenike realised there was a need and therefore a market, and quickly made 50 pairs; they all sold out! .She got around to hire a couple of tailors to start local manufacturing of her clothing. These clothing were initially made for sale, through a supermarket.
She later setup her own store with her personal savings, and a loan from her elder brother.
Today, Ruff ‘n’ Tumble employs over 200 people, and has grown to add two more clothing brands, named, NaijaBoysZ and Trendsetters with flagship stores all over Nigeria .
She inspires me greatly. Are you inspired? .
#NikeOgunlesi #womeninbusiness #momsinbusiness #kamkpemommy #wonderfulwomanwednesday
PS. Sorry people, this post ought to be up yesterday. Forgive me - 2 years ago