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This profile was last updated on 5/19/11  and contains information from public web pages.

Creative Director

Phone: +44 *** *** ****  HQ Phone
Bunmi Koko Ltd
Knowledge Dock Business Centre University Way
London E16 2RD
United Kingdom

Company Description: We create an environment of inclusion that respects the contributions and differences of every individual (employees, contractors, suppliers and business partners)....   more
Background

Employment History

Education

  • University of East London
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Bunmi Koko online shop
www.bunmikoko.com, 19 May 2011 [cached]
Bunmi Olaye the Creative Director of Bunmi Koko joined the commentating panel of designers on the ITV Royal Wedding coverage to discuss the fashion of the day and most importantly, to comment on the most talked about dress of the decade, the wedding dress of the new Duchess.
Bunmi Koko online shop
www.bunmikoko.com, 27 April 2011 [cached]
BUNMI OLAYE NOMINATED AS A FINALIST FOR THE ID INTERNATIONAL EMERGING DESIGNER AWARDS IN DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND
07 April 2011 Bunmi Olaye was shortlisted as the finalist for iD International Emerging Designer Awards 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. The awards took place on April 7th, 2011, at Dunedin's Edgar Stadium. The award was held as part of the annual iD Dunedin Fashion Week, and present an opportunity for up-and-coming designers to showcase their work in the region. The selected finalists came from different countries, with Bunmi Olaye, our Creative Director - University of East London being selected and two other designers from United Kingdom - Royal College of Art, London. Bunmi Olaye, says: "It's amazing to be selected as finalist which is the very first time a graduate of University of East London have reach the finals."
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Bunmi Olaye, Creative Director says.
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BUNMI OLAYE AND FRANCIS UDOM MAKES JP MORGAN POWER LIST
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Bunmi Olaye, (Creative Director of Bunmi Koko) and Francis Udom (CEO of Bunmi Koko) makes JP Morgan Power List 2011.
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However, Bunmi Olaye (UEL fashion graduate and Creative Director of her own luxury brand, Bunmi Koko), was announced as one of the most influential professionals in the country on her graduation day, just 18 months after launching her brand.
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Bunmi Olaye who is Nigerian born and Francis Udom whose Great, Great Grandmother is Mary Slessor, the celebrated Aberdeen-born missionary who appears on the Scottish ten pound note.
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Bunmi said: "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 but we don't have the luxury of being able to rest on our laurels.
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Bunmi Olaye , Creative Director said: "Our goal is to promote and support African fashion industry on a global scale and Bunmi Koko is flying the flag globally."
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Bunmi Koko's Creative Director, Bunmi Olaye was shortlisted as a finalist for 'The Zandra Rhodes Catwalk Textile Award and Textiles Award' at Graduate Fashion Week 2010 in London at Earl's Court. The event was sponsored by River Island and L'Oreal Professionnel and was shown to a packed auditorium consisting of colleagues, press, fashionista's and family and friends. Bunmi was quickly interviewed by veteran reporter and award-winning fashion director of The Daily Telegraph, member of the British Fashion Council press committee and arguably the most respected fashion journalist in Britain - Hilary Alexander.
Bunmi Koko online shop
www.bunmikoko.com, 1 Feb 2011 [cached]
BUNMI OLAYE
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Bunmi Olaye was born in Nigeria and came to the UK, aged 14 to study. After her years at school she nurtured her passion for art and fashion by undertaking an undergraduate foundation course at Wimbledon School of Art where she gained a National Diploma in Art & Design. She went straight on to study Fashion Promotion at the Kent Institute of Art & Design, which led to her working as a fashion stylist and illustrator in London.
Bunmi went on to work for luxury companies such as Anne Fontaine, Harrods and Prada before going back to study at the prestigious London College of Fashion, where she undertook the FdA Styling & Photography course. However, her desire to design and make clothes led her to further take a Fashion Design & Marketing Degree at the University of East London, where she was awarded a special prize for Female Entrepreneurship in 2010 and currently appointed by the Vice Chancellor as their ambassador for Female Entrepreneurship. Whilst studying, she made clothes for individual clients, most notably former Spice Girl - Mel B and in her sandwich year, she worked with couture designer Allison Rodger and Alexander McQueen. During this time she travelled to Aberdeen where she met Scottish based engineer and partner, Francis Udom and their union inspired them both to start Bunmi Koko. She is the Creative Director of the brand.
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To top these accolades, Bunmi Olaye and Francis Udom, were honoured to receive a personal invitation and blessings from The Great Nelson Mandela in July 2010.
UEL fashion student's meteoric rise to success - News- UEL
uel-iis-a.uel.ac.uk, 16 Aug 2010 [cached]
UEL fashion student Bunmi Olaye's career just keeps going from strength to strength. Following a successful show at Graduate Fashion Week earlier this summer, she went on to show at Africa Fashion Week, picking up the Best Emerging International Designer award and subsequently being personally invited to meet with Nelson Mandela at his home. She has even had interest in her designs from America's First Lady. Following extensive coverage in the national press this week, Bunmi is now focussing on her upcoming London Fashion Week show on 17 September.
Bunmi Koko online shop
www.bunmikoko.com [cached]
Bunmi Olaye was a guest speaker at the House of Lords for the UEL Honorary Award Holders Annual Dinner event
02 February 2011 Bunmi Koko Creative Director, Bunmi Olaye was invited by Chancellor Lord Rix Kt CBE DL as a guest speaker at the Annual Honorary Holders' Dinner. The event, which was hosted by University Chancellor Lord Rix, was attended by over 120 UEL honorary graduates, guests and current members of University staff.
Wharf report Bunmi Olaye's success as an entrepreneur after studying at The University of East London
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Kay Lockett from the Wharf writes about Bunmi Olaye's successes as a fashion designer after graduating from the University of East London
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Bunmi Olaye listed in JP Morgan's Power List
22 December 2010 Bunmi Olaye, (Creative Director of Bunmi Koko) and Francis Udom (CEO of Bunmi Koko) makes JP Morgan Power List 2011 in the top 100 "Britain's Most Influential Black People" along with Pat McGrath and Ozwald Boateng.
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Creative Director, Bunmi Olaye was announced as the finalist for iD International Emerging Designer Awards 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.
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Bunmi Koko CEO, Francis Udom and Creative Director Bunmi Olaye were praised by Rt.
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Bunmi Olaye's comment on Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress
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Bunmi Koko's Creative Director, Bunmi Olaye was invited by ITV'S London Tonight to comment on the possible wedding dress Kate Middleton will choose for the Royal Wedding to Prince William.
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Bunmi was approached as one of the most exciting and leading emerging designers in the UK to make a statement on how she would dress the future Queen for her big day. Bunmi was interviewed by ITN reporter Nina Nanna and the piece to camera was run all day on ITV News as part of the coverage for the announcement of the Royal engagement.
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Bunmi appointed as University of East London's Women's Entrepreneurship ambassador
18 November 2010 Creative Director, Bunmi Olaye; Baroness Judith Wilcox, Undersecretary for Business, Innovation and Skills; Sunny Crouch OBE; Carrie Longton, founder of Mumsnet; Lady Judy Moody-Stuart, of the Asian University for Women all supported women's entrepreneurship championed by UEL.
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The Creative Director, Bunmi Olaye won The Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 Award, organised by The Precious Awards at the Prestigious British Library in London on the 8th November 2010.
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Rob Parsons writes about Bunmi Olaye and her achievements as a fashion designer.
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Richard Garner writes about the life of Bunmi Olaye and her road to success.
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Fashion label Bunmi Koko has appointed entertainment PR specialists The Outside Organisation, to assist with the launch and ongoing campaign for the 'Geisha's Reform' and 'Matriarchy' collection following the creative director, Bunmi Olaye's, graduation from The University of East London.
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Bunmi Olaye (Creative Director) and Francis Udom (CEO) join forces and found Bunmi Koko Limited.
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Bunmi Olaye was a guest speaker at the House of Lords for the UEL Honorary Award Holders Annual Dinner event
02 February 2011 Wharf report Bunmi Olaye's success as an entrepreneur after studying at The University of East London
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Bunmi Olaye listed in JP Morgan's Power List
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Bunmi Olaye's comment on Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress
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