“Our Creativity and Love for Fashion Inspired MARYMAII” – Jenifer and Jessica Danjuma

They maybe be new to the game but they bring on the best the industry has seen in a while. Jessica and Jenifer Danjuma who are co-founders of luxurious ready to wear line MARYMAII are gradually taking over the Nigerian fashion scene with their breath taking designs and stylish wears.
We had a chat with the founders and they were to happy to tell us how they started out and what they are currently working on.

What inspired you to become a fashion designer?

We have always been creatively inclined but we fell in love with fashion around the age of 16. We had a massive vogue collection and really enjoyed fashion blogging and vintage shopping at the time. We knew we were going to work in fashion but it was only after we saw a lack of what we liked to wear in stores paired with the fact that there was still a gap for stylish, good quality, affordable yet luxurious ready-to-wear clothing in Nigeria that we saw it as a great idea to design our own line.
Once we developed knowledge about the business of Fashion and the creation of designs from concept sketch to a fully rendered garment we launched MARYMAII .

What projects are you currently working on?

We are currently working on expanding MARYMAII, starting with a Loungewear & Sleepwear range. We have always had issues finding luxurious and good quality sleepwear in Nigeria so we said why don’t we design our own with the MARYMAII aesthetic? We’re currently working on samples for this and we’re excited to see how it comes out.

Is fashion something you have always had a flair for or is it something you took up?

Fashion has always been our first love. We were always obsessed with clothes, magazines, runway collections and shopping growing up. We would always take one hour to get our outfits ready for going to class when we were at school. To us, choosing our outfits was more fun than where ever it was that we had to be. It has always been a part of us and has always given us the ability to convey a message without speaking and avidly express ourselves.

What inspires your designs?

Our designs are inspired by anything. It ranges from an emotion or a mood to a certain texture or architectural piece we may have come across recently. But most of all the MARYMAII aesthetic is always present which is ‘Elegance with an Edge’. It’s a mixture of hard but soft, classic but edgy pieces. It mirrors our personalities as twins perfectly so we make sure every piece we create represents this.

Did you receive any sort of training, whether professional or otherwise?

We attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Technology (FIDM) in Los Angeles, California. Where we both got our Associates Degree in Fashion Design and a thorough experience on the garment design process. It was a great learning experience.

What motivates you?

The fact that we want to leave our legacy in the Fashion Industry. It is a primary goal of ours.
Secondly, we’re motivated by the endless possibilities we are privileged to have access to as a millennial in this digital age of the internet.

What do you think about the Nigerian fashion industry?

This Nigerian Fashion Industry is growing which is exciting. There is also an inclusion of not just Haute Couture Designers but Ready to Wear Designers which is important for customers to have the option of both. But there is still a gap in the African Fashion Industry at large and we need to build and celebrate African Fashion and Designers rather than looking to the West for recognition.

What advice will you give to upcoming designers?

We would advice you to be passionate about your craft, be confident in your abilities, and learn how to make it profitable. As creatives we focus a lot on the creative process and not enough on the business aspect.

What projects have you worked on?

We recently worked on creating a Fashion video edit to our collection. Fashion videography is a very important tool we’re going to be using in future to capture the essence of our brand.

What is your favorite part of being a fashion designer?

The fact that a design can go from your imagination, to concept sketch to a fully rendered garment worn by women around you. That feeling is always magical.

Who is/are your fashion icons?

Rihanna & Tom Ford

What are the five items you can’t do without?

1. Oversized white shirt
2. Lip balm
3. Sunscreen
4. An iPhone
5. Sunglasses

(56) Comments

  1. Attractive part of content. I just stumbled upon your website and in accession capital to assert that I get in fact enjoyed account your weblog posts.

    Any way I’ll be subscribing for your augment or even I achievement you get admission to consistently quickly.

  2. Greetings! Quick question that’s totally off topic.
    Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My web site
    looks weird when viewing from my iphone 4. I’m trying to find
    a theme or plugin that might be able to fix this problem. If you have any recommendations,
    please share. Thanks!

  3. I am in fact glad to read this web site posts which carries plenty of useful data, thanks for
    providing such information.

  4. Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is a very neatly written article.
    I’ll make sure to bookmark it and come back to read
    extra of your useful information. Thanks for the post.
    I will certainly comeback.

  5. Hello there I am so thrilled I found your site, I really found
    you by mistake, while I was searching on Digg for something else, Anyhow
    I am here now and would just like to say kudos for a incredible
    post and a all round thrilling blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to read it all
    at the minute but I have bookmarked it and also included your RSS
    feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read much more, Please do keep up the
    great work.

  6. Utterly indited written content , thankyou for information.

  7. There is certainly a great deal to know about this issue. I love all of the points you ave made.

  8. It as not that I want to duplicate your web-site, but I really like the style. Could you let me know which style are you using? Or was it custom made?

  9. I think this is a real great article post. Awesome.

  10. Saved as a favorite, I love your website!

  11. Hello there, I do think your blog might be having web browser
    compatibility issues. When I take a look at your website in Safari,
    it looks fine however when opening in I.E., it’s got some overlapping issues.
    I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other than that,
    fantastic site!

  12. you could have an excellent blog right here! would you prefer to make some invite posts on my weblog?

  13. You should participate in a contest for the most effective blogs on the web. I will suggest this web site!

  14. Thanks-a-mundo for the blog article.Thanks Again.

  15. What’s up mates, fastidious article and good urging commented at this place, I
    am genuinely enjoying by these.

  16. I have to thank you for the efforts you’ve put in penning this blog.
    I am hoping to check out the same high-grade blog posts from you in the future as well.
    In truth, your creative writing abilities has encouraged me to get my very own site now 😉

  17. Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your site and in accession capital to assert that I acquire in fact enjoyed account
    your blog posts. Any way I will be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement
    you access consistently rapidly.

  18. Major thanks for the article post. Awesome.

  19. Very informative blog.Thanks Again. Fantastic.

  20. Wonderful blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News?
    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem
    to get there! Appreciate it

  21. This text is priceless. How can I find out more?

  22. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was curious what all is needed to get setup?
    I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?

    I’m not very internet savvy so I’m not 100% certain. Any
    suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.


  23. hello there and thank you for your information – I have
    definitely picked up something new from right here.
    I did however expertise a few technical issues using this site, as I experienced to reload
    the site a lot of times previous to I could get it to load correctly.
    I had been wondering if your hosting is OK? Not that I am complaining, but slow loading
    instances times will sometimes affect your placement in google and could damage your high quality score if advertising and marketing with Adwords.
    Anyway I’m adding this RSS to my e-mail and can look out for a lot
    more of your respective interesting content. Make sure you update this again very soon.

  24. wants to find out about this topic. You realize a whole lot its almost tough to argue with you (not that I really will need toHaHa).

  25. Aw, this was an incredibly nice post. Finding the time and actual effort to make a great article… but what can I
    say… I put things off a lot and don’t manage to get nearly anything done.

  26. Pretty! This was an extremely wonderful article. Thank you for supplying this info.

  27. If at first you don at succeed, find out if the loser gets anything..

  28. of money in getting high quality Search engine optimization software if you begin

  29. Wow, fantastic blog format! How long have you ever been running a blog for? you make blogging look easy. The entire look of your web site is excellent, let alone the content material!

  30. I think other web-site proprietors should take this site as an model, very clean and wonderful user friendly style and design, let alone the content. You are an expert in this topic!

  31. I wouldn at mind publishing a post or elaborating on most of the subjects you

  32. Very good article! We are linking to this particularly great post on our site. Keep up the great writing.

  33. Really enjoyed this blog post.Really thank you! Keep writing.

  34. Normally I don at read post on blogs, but I wish to say that this write-up very forced me to try and do it! Your writing style has been surprised me. Thanks, quite nice post.

  35. Just wanna remark that you have a very decent web site , I enjoy the style and design it actually stands out.

  36. Thanks for the article.Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool.

  37. I seriously appreciate your posts. Many thanks

  38. sleekness as well as classiness. An elegant ladies watch that

  39. For a Joomla website how do you get the drop down menus to display correctly in Internet Explorer 6?

  40. 6HvaoS Thanks for the good writeup. It in truth was once a entertainment account it.

  41. Very good blog post. I certainly appreciate this website.

  42. I’m really enjoying the theme/design of your site. Do
    you ever run into any internet browser compatibility problems?

    A couple of my blog audience have complained about my website
    not operating correctly in Explorer but looks
    great in Opera. Do you have any solutions to help fix this issue?

  43. Your mode of describing all in this article is in fact nice, all be able to simply be aware of it,
    Thanks a lot.

  44. Hello, Neat post. There’s an issue along with your website in internet explorer,
    would test this? IE still is the marketplace
    chief and a huge element of other people will pass over your great writing due to this problem.

  45. Inspiring story there. What occurred after? Thanks!

  46. Wow, incredible weblog structure! How lengthy have you been blogging
    for? you make blogging glance easy. The whole glance of your
    web site is wonderful, let alone the content!

  47. I was suggested this website by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is
    written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my problem.
    You’re incredible! Thanks!

  48. These are genuinely fantastic ideas in regarding blogging. You
    have touched some nice factors here. Any way keep
    up wrinting.

  49. What a material of un-ambiguity and preserveness of
    valuable knowledge about unexpected emotions.

  50. I’ve learn several just right stuff here. Definitely value bookmarking for revisiting. I wonder how a lot effort you place to make the sort of fantastic informative site.

  51. Hey there I am so delighted I found your website, I really found you by mistake, while I
    was looking on Aol for something else, Nonetheless I am here
    now and would just like to say thanks a lot for a fantastic post and a all round enjoyable
    blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to go through it all
    at the moment but I have saved it and also added your
    RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read more, Please do keep
    up the awesome job.

  52. I need to find blogging websites that deal with legal issues such as contracts, wrongful death claims, fraud, etc. I don’t even know where to start looking. Any advice would be appreciated.. . Thanks..

  53. I was recommended this blog by my cousin. I am not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know
    such detailed about my trouble. You’re incredible!

  54. Greetings! Quick question that’s completely off
    topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly?
    My blog looks weird when viewing from my apple iphone.

    I’m trying to find a template or plugin that might be able
    to resolve this problem. If you have any recommendations, please
    share. Thank you!

  55. When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get several emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove people from that service? Thanks a lot!

  56. I was suggested this web site by means of my cousin. I’m no longer sure whether or not this publish is written by him as no one else recognize such certain approximately my problem.
    You are amazing! Thank you!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *