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Aderinola Odugbesan-Thomas

Aderinola Odugbesan-Thomas is the Nigerian fashion industry’s best-dressed accident.

She started her career in the fashion industry in the business development department of a multi-title publication that also happened to have a fashion magazine in its stable.

Her closest brush with the industry before then had just been as a very keen customer and consumer of exciting labels based at home and abroad.

From working behind the scenes, she soon moved to a role as a contributor at foremost fashion online destination, Style Vitae, curating and creating content for its online magazine and social media platforms. She also ran a column. This has since metamorphosed into a keenly followed personal style blog - Derin from Isale Eko. Thousands follow her monthly journey of long weaves, clutch bags sourced from Nigerian leather, big belts, very high heels, over accessorizing, perfectly tailored dresses, and more. Her style blog is transplanted to her very active social pages – particularly Instagram and Snapchat – where she has developed a solid following.

All these and her memorable moniker have accelerated her journey to becoming a full-fledged fashion influencer setting trends with her choices in what she wears and often where she wears it to.

She has leveraged the latter - this knack for bringing colour and energy into locations - to a growing lifestyle consultancy business where she curates and creates online content and provides creative direction for companies such as global hotel chains – Renaissance Hotel of The Marriott Group, Food Shack, a hip restaurant for Lagos’ upwardly mobile.

Alongside being a blogger, content creator and lifestyle consultant, Odugbesan-Thomas has also cut her teeth as a stylist, putting together looks for private, corporate clients as well as celebrities.

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