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HRH PRINCE OF WALES EXTEND ROYAL INVITATION TO BUNMI KOKO TO ATTEND A RECEPTION CELEBRATING AFRICAN CULTURE AT ST JAMES'S PALACE

Bunmi Koko will be attending a prestigious reception to be held at St James’s Palace on 20th July 2011 to celebrate West African Culture with members of Britain’s West African-origin community hosted by HRH Prince of Wales, Prince Charles.

A personal invitation to the event is yet another triumph for the emerging luxury fashion and lifestyle brand. Recently Bunmi Koko was a finalist for the Scottish Retailer of the Year Award 2011 and offered expert commentary on the ITV Royal Wedding coverage of the newly wedded Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Francis Udom says: “We are truly honoured to be invited by HRH Prince of Wales to this distinguished event. African Culture is often seen as a source of inspiration for many designers in the global fashion industry including the runways of internationally acclaimed key fashion capitals of the world. It is important to promote, support and celebrate the culture and we are very honoured to be a part of it.”

Amongst the brand’s other accolades since its launch in 2009, is being voted in the Top 100 JP Morgan Power List 2011 as “Britain’s Most Influential People of African and Caribbean Descent” and a personal visit to meet with Nelson Mandela at his private home in Johannesburg during FIFA World Cup 2010 which led to their collaboration and support of the United Nations world food programme (WFP). From August Bunmi Koko will be launching a range of WFP products donating 50% of the profits to WFP.

As well as being the Creative Director of the brand, Bunmi Olaye is also the University of East London (UEL) Ambassador for Female Entrepreneurship and through this role she is quickly becoming a role model for young women in education and business. And her partner CEO, Francis Udom, the great great grandson of Scottish Missionary Mary Slessor who devoted her life to humanitarian work in Nigeria and through Francis’s work, the brand is continuing her legacy today.

With upcoming shows at Mercedez Benz New York Fashion Week, London, an exhibition in Paris, a long list of achievements and an ever-growing celebrity following, it is no surprise that Bunmi Koko has been noticed at a Royal level and the unveiling of its new Spring/Summer 2012 collection at the ARISE Magazine – Colours of Africa Fashion Collective at Lincoln Center in New York City during IMG Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week on the September 15th is awaited with baited breath.


Bunmi Koko Presents Prizes to Students of her Former School, at St Margaret’s Bushey School’s Prize and Speech Giving Ceremony

Bunmi Koko Presents Prizes to Students of her Former School, at St Margaret’s Bushey School’s Prize and Speech Giving Ceremony
Bunmi Olaye, the Creative Director of Bunmi Koko and successful St. Margaret’s Bushey School alumnae, gave an inspirational speech to the students, parents, guests and teachers of St. Margaret’s Bushey on July 8th 2011 at St Margaret's Bushey School, Hertfordshire.

Bunmi was very flattered upon receipt of a letter from the Headmistress telling her how delighted the School was at following her successes in fashion and that’s she was remembered well and spoken highly of then concluding with inviting her as a guest speaker on what she remembers to be an important occasion in the St Margaret’s Bushey’s Calender.

The Speech Day commenced with the awarding of prizes to the most outstanding students and subsequently a DVD of highlights from the Bunmi Koko’ s catwalk shows were screened to demonstrate in a visually interesting and entertaining way precisely what the brand was all about. Bunmi then offered her insight into the journey she had embarked upon, taking her from St Margaret’s Bushey pupil to Fashion Designer and Creative Director of a renowned luxury brand, Bunmi Koko.  She commented on how the excellent education at the School had served as initial inspiration to beginning her dream and re-affirmed her commitment to the school. As a speaker who was relatively close in age to the pupils, they were particularly attentive and motivated by what she had to say, some showing the signs of emotional affectation and many rushing to have a word with Bunmi after her speech. The ceremony was followed by lunch and a tour of the school.

Bunmi says, “As a Prize Giving Speaker for 2011, it was an honour to be invited to share my experiences, career path and the training I had from this prestigious independent and international school. I feel very privileged to have attended the school which also shares ties with Bunmi Koko’s Scottish heritage as the school was named after Queen Margaret of Scotland, a role model for young girls”.

CEO Francis Udom also comments “ It was a great pleasure to attend this special ceremony at Bunmi’s School, it’s a great place with wonderful pupils, the atmosphere was so welcoming and it made us so happy to be able to contribute to positively influence the generation of the future.”


BUNMI KOKO PRESENTS PRIZES TO STUDENTS AT ST. MARGARET’S BUSHEY SCHOOL, DURING PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY & SPEECH DAY




Bunmi Olaye, the Creative Director of Bunmi Koko and St. Margaret’s Bushey School alumnae, will give a speech to the students, parents, guests and teachers of St. Margaret’s Bushey on July 8th 2011 at St Margaret's Bushey School, Hertfordshire.

The Prize-Giving Ceremony will commence after Bunmi will give an insight into her journey from St. Margaret’s Bushey up to her emergence as a Creative Director of luxury brand, Bunmi Koko. The speech will also be accompanied by a DVD video with excerpts from some of Bunmi Koko’s shows, after which Bunmi will present the prizes of the year to the outstanding students. This is to be followed by a lunch and a tour of the school.

Bunmi says, “As a Prize Giving Speaker for 2011, it is an honour to be invited to share my experiences, career path and the training I had from this prestigious independent and international school. I feel very privileged to have attended the school which also shares ties with Bunmi Koko’s Scottish heritage as the school was named after Queen Margaret of Scotland, a role model for young girls”.



Charitable Collaborations

The SOURCE's four-part video mini series looks at what has proved a growing and definable trend in 2011: fashionable and charitable collaborations. What are the ingredients of such successful, charitable ventures, and how and why do they come about?
To discover more, the SOURCE spoke to the World Food Programme about its support from up and coming designer Bunmi Koko, the White Ribbon Alliance about its Mama Mia partnership with Minna and Henrietta Ludgate, the Esther Benjamins Trust and American Intercontinental University London about their new projects plus innovation in sustainability, and Ai ‘heart’ Japan about their landmark Art and Couture Auction for Civic Force Japan. Click here  to view the video.
(Taken from: The Ethical Fashion Source)





NEW YORK FASHION GURU 

New York fashion guru

University of East London fashion graduate Bunmi Olaye has been chosen to represent Africa at New York Fashion Week later this year.
Bunmi specialises in couture womenswear and ready to wear fashion. Her luxury fashion label Bunmi Koko was created in 2009 and already has businesses in London, South Africa and South America. 
The talented designer and businesswomen recently returned to London from Fashion Week in Nigeria, where her clothing collections were rapturously received. 
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Bunmi specialises in couture womenswear and ready to wear fashion.
Her luxury fashion label Bunmi Koko was created in 2009 and already has businesses in London, South Africa and South America. 
The talented designer and businesswomen recently returned to London from Fashion Week in Nigeria, where her clothing collections were rapturously received. 
(story taken from studylondon.com) 
Stay tuned for our behind the scenes pictures of New York!



A GREAT NIGHT AT SCOTTISH FASHION AWARDS AS BUNMI KOKO DUO RECEIVES 1ST BRITISH AWARD NOMINATION BY ITS HERITAGE HOME, SCOTLAND 
Bunmi Olaye & Francis Udom



Bunmi Koko attended Scottish Fashion Awards 2011 as finalists for the Scottish Retailer of the Year Award. The brand was nominated alongside Mackintosh, Spoiled Brat, and ROX. The award was won by Diamond specialists, ROX and although Bunmi Koko did not win it was a great night for the brand.

Francis Udom says: “It’s a thrill to be recognised for our work like this, we’ve all worked incredibly hard at Bunmi Koko to launch the brand nationally and internationally”. Last year was an incredible rollercoaster year for us, but I think 2011 will be the year we really establish ourselves as a global brand. And we thank the Scottish Fashion Awards for recognizing us. ”

The nomination is a milestone for the brand. It took only two years for Bunmi Koko to get their first British recognition, exemplified by this nomination. Francis Udom, CEO of Bunmi Koko and the great-great grandson of Scottish Missionary Mary Slessor made a grand statement in his fine kilt. This was a new tartan created by Kiltmakers in Aberdeen called Antique Scotland Forever.

The glamourous award ceremony was attended by the British elite from music legends such as Dame Shirley Bassey, Lulu & Founder of the MOBO Awards Kanya King to fashion icons such as Hilary Alexander & Rankin.

Bunmi Olaye, Creative Director of Bunmi Koko says: “ We had such a fantastic time. And the evening was a delightful and memorable one and we really thank Tessa Hartman, founder of Scottish Fashion Awards for organizing these awards each year and for her support of the Scottish fashion industry.”