Since gaining limelight in 2014 after they were announced as one of the Fashion Focus top 15 Finalists, a platform championed by Lagos Fashion and Design Week, Gozel Green has evolved into a spectacular mixture of classic, alternative and contemporary fashion brand.
Founded by twin sisters – Sylvia Enekwe-Ojei and Olivia Enekwe-Okoji in 2012, the passion and drive to design clothing that would tell African stories in an unconventional, original and artistic way continues to drive every collection, design and creation. The brand targets women all over the world who are not afraid to stand out.
The twins were tremendously influenced by their artistic parents. Growing up for them was as close as to nature as can be. Their immediate surroundings were made up of hills, soothing weather, diverse and rich south-eastern Nigerian cultures, theatre displays, storytelling and a tint of influence from other cultures within Africa and in the world. It was an academic background with all its varied aspects that helped them discover their passion for creating art through fashion.
Artistry, originality and timelessness play a key role in their designs. They represent many art forms including fabric deconstruction, color-blocking, lines and asymmetry.
In 2018, Gozel Green was featured in The Next Green Talents, the scouting project by Vogue Italia and Yoox (Palazzo Morando, Milan). In the same year, the brand got listed as one of the Top Ten Fashion Brands at the Autumn/Winter 2018 Arise Fashion Week in Nigeria.
Other features and mentions include the VOGUE Talent feature and interview October, 2017, Designer Exhibit, Tranoi TradeFair Paris, Sept/Oct 2017, Designer Exhibit, PittiSuper TradeFair Milan September, 2017, Business of Fashion (BOF) website feature, Gozel Green Autumn/Winter 2017 and 2018 collections, Debut Runway Show at NYFW February 2017 under Oxford Fashion Studios Production and Ebony Magazine, USA. Oct/Nov 2016 issue.
They were nominated for The Future Awards Africa Prize for Fashion and Design (Nigeria, 2018). The brand was also Shortlisted for International Fashion Showcase (IFS) in February 2016 in London through the platform, StyleHouse Files. It was nominated by Jaguar Fashion Awards in 2015 as one of the emerging designers of the Year. In the same year, Gozel Green was announced as the Top six (6) standout collections at the Lagos Fashion and Design Week via Vogue.com. They were also listed as Vogue Italia Talents in the years 2014 and 2015.
In 2014, they were Regional Judges for Fayrouz L’Originale in Nigeria.