Hi guys,
Hope you’ve been having a great day so far. Mine has been client meetings and fabric shopping. 

So I’m starting a series on the blog called

How To Start A Fashion Design Business.

So many people would love to start but probably don’t know how or have the money to start especially in a country like Nigeria where no premium is placed on getting a fashion education. I remember when I wanted to start out fashion design as a business, I didn’t have the skill or even the capital. I’m still learning and I’ll love to share from the bit I know about starting up. In this series, I’ll be discussing topics that include how to set up shop with less (or more), getting appropriate skill set, getting and retaining clients,  I’ll be telling my story and I hope someone could learn something. 

What most people assume – Fashion design is all fun and glamour, you’ll get to make clothes for celebrities and you’ll be popular.

Reality – Running a fashion business means that packing clothes or doing adjustments at 2 am, steaming clothes over and over again. You will likely spend less than 10% of your time designing, while the rest of the time you will be managing production, sending clothes to customers, stylists, dealing with suppliers who want their money (now), dealing with clients, begging, managing your employees while hoping they don’t fall ill, and trying to eat and bathe in between. You will eat, live and breathe your business 24/7. If that doesn’t turn you off, then keep reading.

For me, I just grew into the fashion design business, I learnt mostly on the job. I started without a clearly written business plan, no capital, no budget nothing. I made mistakes and learnt there’s a better way to start, planning.

I’ve written down a list of things you should have on your check list if you want to start a fashion design business. 

– Create a name. 

The name, 7th Avenue was created by my sister and her friend. They thought numbers were a good idea and figured 7 was a cool and luck number.

– Write a business plan.

– Develop your budget.

I’ve not always been the best money planner. I had to learn on the job and even, I’m still learning. 

Make sure you add a budget for photography and advertisement especially. That was one mistake I made or maybe I just didn’t have the money. 

Graphic design, rent for the store, insurance, power/water, stock, clothing racks/hangers/display units, etc. and such items as lighting, cash registers, card payment facilities, carry bags, advertising, etc. You’ll also need money for staff and cleaners (if you’ll be starting with any) and most importantly, create a budget for your personal salary. This will help you in saving your remaining profit, trust me.

– Vision/Mission 

– Decide if you’ll be doing the design work for yourself or if you’ll be getting workers. Eventually though, everyone needs workers/ help. You’ll find out as your business expands that you can’t do it all on your own. 

– Decide your niche.

Are you most interested in haute couture, ready-to-wear, fitness/leisure gear, the mass market? Each has its advantages and disadvantages that you’ll need to explore before reaching your final decision on which pathway to pursue. Within these major fields, you’ll also need to decide on a few sub-set areas for your fashion design.

– Get educated about the business side of fashion. I had to take online marketing and business courses on Coursera to sharpen my business management and money management skills. I’m still learning, I learn from my mum, my friends, business books, I’m still taking online courses as well.
It was fun having this chat with you, I’ll be discussing about getting appropriate skill set in my next post on this series, make sure you stay posted.

Get The Best From Your Fashion Designer

This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.

Taylor Swift

Hi guys, 

Happy New Year.

I hope you missed me. I’m back and hopefully better.
How have the first few weeks of the year been, for you?
Hope you’ve started acting on your new year resolutions slash goals. I prefer to use the word goals. I think I have, mostly. I’ve stopped taking carbonated drinks but I haven’t started exercising yet; still meditating on the best approach for me but it’s all well and good. It’s a process!

Today, I’ll be gisting with you about hustling med school and fashion design but first let me say one or 2 things about how to get the best from your fashion designer; I’ll cut mid way and conclude in the end. (making designer puns, eyyy)

It’s important that you have the concept of what you want in mind, in other words, don’t be clueless. Having a style idea or theme goes a long way in helping the designer know your style and guide you on that path, even if you’ll have to go for something diffrent eventually.
It also helps to know your most important measurements. For males, width, waist, shirt length, trouser length. For females, bust, waist, hip, full length, half length; at least a rough estimate.
You can quickly identify if the tailor or designer knows what they are doing or not and its very well appreciated if you are giving your precise clothes size, as well. E.g. Size 6, 8, 10 etc.

Back to my main gist. Med school was a very long 5 year journey. My goodness!
One thing juggling both taught me was how to be a better time manager. I was always on the clock because 5 mins could make or mar my day.
I remember one of those days that I had to rush out of school for a fitting at keffi after an 11am class and I had to be back by 2pm. It was a crazy rush but was totally worth it, at least I thought. I got it just in time for the next lecture at 2:05pm, just in time because the lecturer had started an impromptu incourse (test). My friends had gotten a sheet of paper for me so I just rushed off with the incourse (in my rush state of course ), but lucky me. It was not until when the correction was been done I realised that I chose the best of 4 options instead of stating which of the options were true or false ; leaving me with 10 answers instead of 100 😂
Luckily, the test didnt carry so much and I aced all my previous tests. That’s how God saved my ass!

Back to getting the best from your fashion designer; Give a date that is at least a day or two before you are actually wearing your outfit. Trust me, it helps you and the designer and lastly, be actively involved in the process of your clothes; from fabric selection to checking up on your clothes. It would keep your designer in check and a lot of errors will avoided or salvaged.

Don’t forget to follow my pages :
@Kharynafabrics for beautiful and pocket friendly fabrics
@kharyna_7thavenue especially my instastory for everyday and food life
@official7thavenue to see my beautiful designs

What are your thoughts on my tips on getting the best from your fashion designer?
Have other ideas ? 

2017 in Haute Couture

Hi fam,

Merry Christmas… and Happy New Year in advance. Hope you had a great Christmas celebration. I spent mine with family, I couldn’t have asked for more. 

2017 in the Nigerian Fashion Industry was a beautiful year, there was a lot growth for most of us. 

I’ll be doing a little flashback to my best haute couture pieces of 2017, I won’t bore you I promise. 

Fablane by Derin

Style Temple

7th Avenue


Kathy Anthony 



Andreah Iyamah 

Mai Atafo

Toju Foyeh

56 Things I’m Grateful For – Birthday Post 

Hi guys, it was birthday on Sunday. It was a fabulous day (even though my book lunch couldn’t hold, the devil tried) but it was great. I’ll be sharing pictures from my pre- birthday shoot that didnt make it to the gram 😂 , yes I had a pre-birthday shoot and yes! It was bridal inspired.

56 Things I’m grateful for: 

1. To God for never giving up on me, even when the road was tough and bumpy, he showed light at the tunnel

2. Expensive Things 

3. Lingerie

4. High heels 

5. My family, for being my support system 

6. My Instagram family 😁

7. My mum, for her limitless support support. It’s unbelievable how she does it 

8. Chicken suya

9. Disappointments; they’ve made me stronger 

10. my friends, for being the best yet

11. food 😂 it’s such a beautiful work of art

12. Being alive and well; it’s not by my power

13. Movies that I love

14. Pizza

15. Skinny girl in transit; I always have something to look up to on Fridays 😂

16. The almost- good relationships; almost because we are not married 😂

17. Coffee 

18. Money 💃

19. Laces and chiffon 

20. Bad relationships, plenty of lessons have been learnt 

21. Make up

22. Med school experience, to be honest I think I’ll have been happier studying marketing or fashion design but it was a worthy experience 

23. Snap chat filters 

24. Inspiration 

25. My ability to dream big, I’m such a big dreamer

26. Pepsi, such a life saver

27. Lagos Island Puff puff

28. The good

29. The bad, the failed experiments, they were lessons learnt 

30. My phone

31. A roof over my head, it’s more than I could ask for 

32. Noodles 

33. Soy sauce 

34. Chinese food 

35. My strong values, morality, the art of giving and looking up to God

36. The internet for I can’t live without it 😂

37. Association 

38. For my car, it’s small and vintage 😂,  it’s a struggle learning how to drive ( I mean I’ve spent months in this struggle) but it’s a blessing from God

39. My love for cooking

40. Birthdays, celebrations in general. 

41. Good health

42. My natural hair

43. My strong will and resilience

44. For being able to be who I am , not restricted by culture, religion or any the social barriers . 

45. Ice cream 

46. Lagos living 😂 I know, it’s a struggle and I’m getting out of here at the first ticket but its an experience I cherish.

47. Fenty beauty 

48. All my platforms ; the blog, KBookList, Style Avenue Initiatives.

49. Pictures and cameras

50. My businesses; 7th Avenue and KharynaFabrics

51. All the PEOPLE that God has made to be instrumental to my success 

52. Dogs

53. All the hard work; for  its not in the success but in the struggle 

54. Kind people 

55. Restaurants 😂😂😂

56. Nigerian songs

What are you grateful for?

Dress by : @official7thavenue

Makeup by : @makeupbytm.o

Pictures by : @faith_anny

The Nigerian Wedding Industry 

​A brunch with me, with so much dessert to solve your life problems and make you giddy with joy and happiness? Giveaway details below, keep going! 

Ciao guys,
How was your weekend? Mine was really busy and fun too. I spent the whole time sewing and doing shoots. My life in a nutshell. 

Today’s post is dedicated to the Nigerian Wedding Industry, yes you heard right. What is the Nigerian Wedding Industry? Is there even a Nigerian Wedding Industry? Am I trying to be funny? Sigh. No. It’s the truth. 

Weddings are such beautiful experiences and really lucrative, especially in Africa where we go big or go home! I’m telling you, wedding vendors are making serious money. This is even heightened by the recent social media wedding craze. Everyone wants to have the best photographer who might charge nothing less than a million, they want to have the trending pieces, the best souvenirs, the best ‘change your life’ make-up, the over-the-top cakes and venues. Everyone wants their cute ships aka hashtag to trend so they pay to get it everywhere. All these and more have contributed to rise of the industry. The Nigerian Wedding Industry is one of the biggest contributors to the economy in terms of revenue. 

Forget economy sef, everyone makes money during weddings. From the parents of the bride, the couple, the family members especially the ones ‘next in line’ to everybody else. Money will be made!
I am slowly getting to the marriagable age. And no, I am not aspiring to marriage. I’m not about that chauvinist or sexist life. Anyway, I’ll be 22 on the 22nd of October! I know righttttt. And I can feel the elders already giving me side eye. Biko! Husband applications are open. Fill the form below. 😂

Seriously, I can’t help but reflect on the drama that goes on with weddings in Nigeria, the pom and the pageantry. And most importantly, what kind of wedding I want. Re Chimamanda Titans, I do not aspire to marriage. I repeat I do not aspire to marriage. I am all in favour of having a beautiful wedding, as long as it makes you happy and it’s what you really want. However, I think spending much more on the honeymoon is a better deal. Mykonos, I see you, baby. But if you can have it all, top-notch. By all means!

GIVEAWAY ALERT – Because birthday month, I’m doing giveaways on my blog, all my Instagram pages – @kharyna_7thavenue @official7thavenue @kharynafabrics and even my Book Club, #TheKBookList. Details are at the end of this post.

I definitely would love a strictly by invitation wedding but because omo Yoruba ni mi o, swagger. I don’t see that happening. Its about to be Wedding Party 3.
I love small gatherings, I think they are more meaningful. A small circle of people that actually mean something to you, not just people that want to eat your rice and go home or worse, steal your husband and rain on your parade. Small weddings are the it.
I want to have lots of dresses to wear. Don’t judge, I’m a fashion designer and everything, including my wedding is a personal fashion show. 
For food, small gatherings usually have the best food with a few exceptions though. You can do your course meals and everyone eats to their fill, as opposed to the traditional alase or olopo. 
I’m not done though but I can not be giving you people free wedding consultancy. Sorry. 

The most important part of a wedding however, is the marriage and not vice versa. So in all of the craze and sublime bliss, don’t forget your partner. Find eachother in all of it and stay stroonngg. And for goodness sake, if you can’t afford a flamboyant wedding, don’t. Your first few years of marriage will thank you.

What are your thoughts on the typical naija wedding? What’s your dream wedding? How do you feel about the over-the-top extra weddings? What’s one thing that you must absolutely have or do at your wedding? 


I haven’t been to Hans and Rene in a while, blame work and school and my sweet tooth has been aching. So I am determined to, this month and I have decided to take one of you with me. Me, you, dessert, brilliant or not conversations. It’s going to be everything.
Note – This is not sponsored by H&R. It’s a purely personal thing in which costs would be beared by me.
To win a fun brunch with me at Hans and Rene, all you have to do is follow all my Instagram pages.

– @official7thavenue

– @kharynafabrics


– @styleavenue__

Then, comment on this blog post and tag as many friends as possible to the giveaway post on Instagram at @kharyna_7thavenue. The more friends you tag, the more your chances of winning.

The winner will be chosen on 22nd,  October, 2017. Good luck!


I’m just a vintage soul 


Hi guys,

How was the weekend and how is the new week going? 

My weekend was eventful; I had a basic Haute Couture Fashion Design Class in Ibadan, Nigeria on Saturday  and the ATS Volunteers hangout on Sunday. 

For the ATS (A Thousand Smile) Volunteer hangout, I decided to bring back the hazo dungarees. It was a picnic and I wanted to play it simple yet retro. A Thousand Smile is a charity outreach under Style Avenue Initiatives, a brand that I run. Our goal is to reach out to Nigeria as a whole and make a difference in our own little way. I decided to go for an edgy bohemian look, you can call it old school. I’ve worn my hazo dungarees only once and it was more of a traditional look that’s what I decided to spice it up with a danshiki , and yes the sunglasses! They gave me all sorta vibes. You won’t even believe how much I got them. The hair completed the look I was going for as well. How well did I rock this look? 

I’m finally starting “Journey through the stitches” 

When I started this blog. I spoke about starting a network platform for fashion enthusiasts in a category “Journey through the stitches”. I’ve not been faithful to that cause (mainly because I didn’t see who my major focus should have been & spent a lot of time and energy pursuing the wrong people)

The good news is I’m finally going to start the column from next week.

I’ll be interviewing upcoming  fashion enthusiasts from designers to illustrators, to bloggers and fashion lovers in general and put up fun, funny and inspirational bits from the interview up. As my famous quote would say “It’s not in the end but in the struggle”  I believe their struggles, smiles, failure, hustle will movitate someone. The major suppose of this platform is to cultivate a network for young and growing enthusiasts.  The social media (Instagram especially) now mostly cares about already made brands and little or no focus is placed for young growing brands like me and you. 

If you are a fashion enthusiast and you’ll love to have me interview you, send me an email at

​Adire and Money Hacks: 5 fastest ways to make money in Nigeria 

Whoever said money can’t buy happiness doesn’t know where to shop

– Blair Waldorf

Hi guys, how was the holidays? I bet you had a good time. Well, I did. 

So I’ll be talking about the 5 fastest stress free ways to make money in Nigeria at this time; I mean the recession. By the way, who loves my dress? Its adire, meaning Tie-die in Yoruba language.

 I got home to meet this fabric bought for my sisters and I by my dad and since I had nothing to wear to church last Sunday, I decided to make myself something simple and yet couture to wear

Ok, moving on : You can make fast cash from 

1. Giveaways

Do a giveaway contest. Giveaways are the in-thing right now and almost every week, there’s a new giveaway. It may look like struggle written all over it but its a legit way to make fast money.

2. Look for a need in the society and fulfill it

Our world thrives on need. Someone somewhere needs something, why don’t you just fulfill the need? I would advise you to do services though. For instance, if you live in a hostel with girls. How about painting their nails for a fee? Or buying groceries at a service charge for your neighbors?

3. Organize a dope party and get people to pay to come. (with a popular person or a cool kid; it increases your chances of making more money)

This has always worked. Lol. I remember in secondary school, people would throw parties for some quick buck and it always worked. But, it could flop and that could be a huge loss. So, play your cards right. Invite the right people, leave no stone unturned, make it work!

Peeps on my dress : the concept of the peplum on my dress is 2 half bows . I’ve fallen in love with bows lately and as you know the huge love I have for unique pieces, I decided to play with my bows. And my asymmetric neck line inspired by my imagination. I loveeee

4. Scholarships

This is basically for those in school. Scholarships are very legit and worth it. People have as much as five scholarships at the same time, with one paying as much as #200,000. Just write the qualifying exam, pass and that’s it. You’re basically on a steady payroll for a few years.

5. Be an ad hoc staff eg. waec, neco, electoral committee, ushering etc.

There’s a huge market for ad hoc staff in Nigeria. From marking or invigilating for exam bodies eg. WAEC, NECO, JAMB etc to working for other bodies eg. INEC or the census board as a temp. There’s also ushering, hosting etc. These jobs are temporary but as long as you get them done, you are guaranteed to make your very quick cash. 

So what’s new for me ?  

So I started an Instagram book  club recently using the hash tag #TheBooklist. I’m focusing on inspiration books, food books, books on relationships and African literature since those are the kind of books that interest me. So my first book was The 25 Principles of Success by Jack Canfield. 

I’ll be doing a review on the book on my personal Instagram page @kharyna_7thavenue and I’ll be puting up the next book up. Sneak peek, it’s an African story teller.

Have you ever had a terrible camping experience? Read about my Omu Resort Experience here! There are plenty deets on my OOTD.

I wore a half bowed kimono and yes! I’ll be giving out the kimono on the comment session. So get ready! 

I got to the venue really late, around 2/3pm. It wasn’t quite what I expected, I had been anticipating this outing for so long and had been imagining so many things. 😂 It was still lit though. It looked like the calm in the storm. I started my adventure with the roller coaster. It was super fun but I was so scared at first. I was literally praying for my life. But the second time wasn’t so bad. Haha. Pro vibes! ✌

The ride was super fun but experiencing the ride was damn scary. You should try it.

It was an Ankara head wrap, couture type kimono and bralet kind of day. I made all my outfit. I used three and half yards of Ankara to achieve my head wrap, half yard of french lace and some tulle for the bralet and three yards of fabric for my “half bows” kimono. It was a laid back outing but I wanted to add the couture touch, hence the kimono.

Next up was the pirate ship. I take my words on the rollercoaster, I think this was the scariest ride I took. I couldn’t do all the rides sadly, because of time and also because there were too many rides and activities. It’s so impossible to finish all the activities in one day. 

So, if you’re going and you want to really enjoy all of it. Go early!

Then I did ‘Mission Impossible’, I got to the highest point on my first try. I think I was just too hyper that day. 

Then wait for it!!! The best of all… The Bull Ride! I’ve fantasized about this ride my entire life. The experience was so fulfilling. I’m proud to say that I did 3 times at once without falling. 

And then came the rain. For me, this was the saddest. I already came late, there was so many things to explore and yet rain decided to fall. I mean, not showers, heavy pours. It was devastating. Anyway, after one hour of waiting, the rain finally stopped. I got to see the zoo, do the tyre walk, a few other games and that was it. 😢😢😢

I didn’t fully explore all the adventures: Omu resort was fun however and I can’t wait to be back there. Someone can decide to take me. 😂 I’m not even doing shakara.
The 15th Comment on this post gets to win my “half bows” kimono 💃💃💃. Please note that the winner must be able to pick up in Lagos, Nigeria


Fashion design for me is practically my life. I find my calling there and i know that I’ll one day effect real change in the world through it. 

Sharon OOJA in 7th Avenue

My fashion design learning journey was a rather long, funny and interesting one. I started learning how to sew in 2012 on Youtube. Yes! Youtube! My parents at that time didn’t want to hear the “vocation” story . They were all about going to school and getting good grades – Typical Nigerian Parents 😀. I would learn how to cut something, steal mum’s ankara and literally hand-sew it. I moved on from doing that to convincing my parents to allow me learn how to sew during the holidays. My mum bought a sewing machine and that was it for me.

I did a lot of work and a lot of research. I wanted badly to do good jobs and I didnt have the money to hire really good tailors so I had to learn every single bit of it. I got an internship with Tojufoyeh and that was where I learnt pattern drafting (I also did a lot of my homework on pattern draft).

So I’m having a basic haute couture fashion design class on the 12th of August 2017. Its a one full day class (20 people only)and I’ll be taking you thoroughly tthrough

basic human form sketching,
some graphic illustration tips,
deep pattern drafting,
anatomy of sewing,
applique, rhinestone and bead installation,
practical marketing tips,
how to apply for internships,
the blog lifestyle and

a guest will be taking us through fabric painting for just a small fee of #5000.

Its going to be an amazing class, I’ll be going all out and teaching all that I know and have done a lot of research on.I’ll be re- making the Sharon OOJA dress above while I teach pattern drafting and sewing. 

It promises to be very educative, interesting and super engaging. It’s also going to be a great platform for networking. There will be a lot of gisting guys. And yes! Food, drinks and free kits are guaranteed.

Show some love and REPOST this ! Please TAG interested people .


Be picky with your CLOTHES, friends and time.

– Unknown

Hi guys,

Happy sunday. Its been a while. I’ve missed a week of posting on the blog as I’ve been house hunting and it is a serious struggle especially in this part of the world, Lagos. I’ll make it up by posting the best and worst haute couture looks by Nigerian designers later this week. 

This is my first attempt at making corset with ankara. Ankara is an African print fabric that’s very beautiful.

And it turned out pretty good !!! 

I used two yards of ankara to achieve this and two yards of crepe for the extension. I also used boning to build the corset and of course, I created my own pattern to cut the fabric. 

Earlier this week was @tojufoyeh’s birthday. If you know me well, you’ll know I’ve got mad love for her. Meeting her literally changed my life, fashion wise. I interned at “Toju Foyeh”. There, I learnt most of the sewing techniques I know. I’ll be interviewing her for the blog under the category Journey through the stitches pretty soon.  

I got my fish net stockings from @thestyleconsultant_ng on Instagram using the discount code “Kharyna”

You can also make an order for this dress on @official7thavenue on Instagram using the same discount code.