Folake Coker is a Nigerian fashion designer and Founder and creative director of Tiffany Amber.
Full Name: Folake Folarin-Coker
Birth place: Lagos, Nigeria
Famous as: fashion designer
Known for: Founder and creative director of Tiffany Amber
Spouse(s): Folorunsho Coker (divorced)
Parent(s): Bode Akindele
Biographical and educational history
Folake Coker was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1974. After her education in Switzerland and the United Kingdom, She earned a postgraduate degree in petroleum law and returned to Nigeria to pursue her fashion interests.
Her fashion brand, “Tiffany Amber” was launched in Lagos in 1998. The brand has four stand alone stores and boutiques in Lagos and Abuja.
Folake Coker has staged several fashion shows in Africa, Europe and the United States.
In 2008, Folake Coker made history as the first African-based fashion designer to stage a show twice at the New York Fashion Week.
She was the first recipient of the “Designer of the Year” award at the African fashion week in Johannesburg in 2009 and was also awarded “Fashion Brand of the Year” at the ARISE Magazine Fashion week in 2011.
In 2013, Folake Coker received an Enterprise Award at the 2013 Women, Inspiration and Enterprise (WIE) Symposium and made the Forbes Power women list.
Folake Coker unveiled her ‘Nirvana’ spring/summer collections at DOII Designs launch.
Family and personal life
Folake Coker was married to businessman Folorunsho Coker, who has since remarried, former managing director of the number plate production authority of the State of Lagos, now business adviser to the Governor of Lagos.
Folake Coker Achievements
In September 2018, Tiffany Amber partnered with Lancome, a French luxury cosmetics brand and ALARA which is one of Africa’s most luxurious concept stores to present her Summer-Spring (SS) collection for 2019 titled “Made in Africa…Made for Now”. This collection was showcased in Paris during the Paris Fashion Week.
Tiffany Amber was the first Nigerian brand chosen to be an ambassador of Luxury Connect Africa. She launched its maiden African Luxury Exhibition in Paris in January 2018.
The brand presented its Autumn-Winter (AW) 2019 Collection at ARISE Fashion Week; headlined by the America supermodel, Naomi Campbell.
Folake Coker is the pioneer of ready-to-wear outfits in Nigeria.
Folake Coker has appeared in publications from Marie Claire to Vogue Italia.
She has also been profiled on BBC, the New York Post and CNN.
She was nominated for 2018 African Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Award in creative Industry award category.
Recognition and Awards
Designer of the Year at African Fashion International Johannesburg 2009
Fashion Brand of the Year at the Arise Magazine Fashion Week 2011
Enterprise Award at Women, Inspiration & Enterprise Symposium 2013
Forbes’ 20 Young Power Africa Women 2013
Celebrity Designer of the Year at EbonyLife TV Sisterhood Awards 2016