Walé Adeyemi has been working as a designer under
his own name for the past 8 years, but it wasn't that long
ago when all this was just an unattainable dream. After
graduating from the Thurrock Technical College, Walé
furthered his studies at the Kent Institute of Art and Design,
where he left with a view to window dressing. It wasn't
until some time later when Walé was working at the
designer boutique Head Over Heels in Covent Garden (whilst
running a successful stall at London's infamous Camden Market
at weekends) that he truly arrived on the fashion scene,
with Urban Outfitters becoming his first official UK stockist.
As well as his B-side collection, Walé lists celebrities
such as Ms Dynamite, June Sarpong, Alicia Keyes, Mos Def,
Harvey, Beyonce, Missy Elliot, Lisa Maffia, David and Victoria
Beckham, to name but a few that are keen fans and clients
of his be-spoke collection 'Walé Adeyemi'. Walé
has recently introduced this collection to the public as
he looks to evolve his range of more tailored and luxurious
garments to a wider audience.
Yet in spite of the high profile that his work has attained
him Walé has always maintained a relaxed attitude
towards his achievements. Recognition of his talent came
when Walé was presented the Fashion and Design Award
at the Multi-Cultural Awards in 2001. He also received an
accolade at the Urban Music Seminar a year earlier, and
has recently become an ambassador for the Princes' Trust.
As a role model for kids Walé relishes the challenge
of being able to put something back to the community and
regularly partakes in interviews, leading discussions and
workshops, such as the government funded Aim Higher programme
and Karrot, and organisation run by the Metropolitan Police.
Walé is now focused on the rapid rise and expansion
of the B-side collection which now also includes a cuter
than cute Children's-wear and Baby collection. At this stage
it seems clear that Walé has much more to offer and
even more to achieve, leaving vast room for expansion, development
and creativity which has already made him such a focus for
people seeking fresh design and innovative style.