Here I am again, faced with my challenge of deciding what to add to my wardrobe at the least cost possible. My options are limited considering the weather in Lagos borders around 27°C and I don’t exactly feel like walking around with a bath towel to wipe the sweat off my face. Then I think again, are my options really limited. If all else fails, I can always go with what Mr. Sule of TUNS COLLECTIONS makes for me. Some of you might wonder who Mr. Sule is. I’ll explain.
Mr. Sule is my fashion savior. When I have absolutely no idea of where to purchase what I really want, or maybe just when I’m broke (which unfortunately happens a lot), I speed dial Mr. Sule who is always available to take what’s left of my little salary in exchange for a garment of my choice. Mr. Sule is skilled at making a replica of a design I show to him with a material I provide him with. Mr. Sule is an unapologetic design plagiarist. Even though Mr. Sule is used to delaying in his delivery timelines by at least a week (or more in most cases), I am never upset as the good he does always outweighs the bad. Mr. Sule is my ‘TAILOR’.
I’m sure some of you styljunkies can relate to this post. At one point or the other, your tailors have saved you from the embarrassment of those oversized pants or in the amendment of that badly sewn “Aso-Ebi” (means matching fabric worn by a group of people to a party or any occasion as uniform. It usually comes in the form of Ankara or Lace). And to crown it all, the wonderfully cheap prices some of these tailors charge is just amazing.
I will like to use this medium to thank the people at the helm of Fashion Decision Making who decided to make print fabric big on the International Fashion scene this year. They have given Mr. Sule and I a lot of copying and pasting to do, fashion wise. We have just started actually and I think we’re not doing so badly. Call me a late bloomer but I just made my first pair of ‘ankara shorts’. When I told my girlfriend, she told me not to wear them to visit. I did and she really liked it so I’m thinking Mr. Sule did a very nice job. Within the next couple of weeks I’ll be visiting Da Viva to pick out some materials. I also plan to visit Vlisco when I get that performance bonus at the office.
Here is a picture of the shorts Mr.Sule made for me. We just started this project so we don’t have so much at the moment. I’ll keep you updated as we plan to plagiarize a number of items later on. I won’t let the cat out of the bag just yet, but Mr. Sule and I have big plans for my wardrobe.
Find yourself a tailor today.
I am not entirely broke, I’m just The Wardrobe Economist.