The recently held 61st Grammys had many firsts and many surprises but the one that resonates very well with us is the news of a Nigerian designer styling Tim Kubart, a Grammy nominee. Tim Kubart who is a two time Grammy nominee and a one time winner wore a Rick Dusi green bespoke to the 2019 Grammys and that has no doubt put the Nigerian fashion industry on the world stage.
Eromosele Patrick Eidusi is a young Nigerian designer and he founded Rick Dusi a little over 3 years ago. Rick Dusi has styled many Nigerian celebrities in the past and has also taken part in fashion shows within and outside Nigeria. Styling a Grammy nominee is one feat we couldn’t ignore and so we reached out to Patrick Eromosele to tell us how it all came about. Below is our exclusive chat with him.
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From the 61st Grammy Awards red carpet. 2- Time Grammy Award nominated singer @recordingacademy , @timkubart rocking a pair of #MadeinNigeria Custom bespoke suit by @rickdusi, and speaking glowingly about his time in Nigeria last year. Thank you Tim for the shout out. #Nigeria to the world. It was such an absolute pleasure working with you. Thank you @bellanwa ❤️❤️ . . . . #rickdusi #rickdusiglobal #globalceo #patrickeidusi #grammys2019 #kimkubartinrickdusi #custommadesuits #bespoke #menswear #mensfashion #details #redcarpet #moments
Congratulations on having your piece grace the 61st Grammys. Tell us about it. How did it happen?
Thank you! It still looks like a shock to me but it’s a dream come true. Well….. I made a suit for a client in Canada and when he posted the suit everyone liked it. Now Tim Kubart, a Grammy award winner visited Lagos last year (2018) to work with children through music and dance workshop with the United States embassy. It was a life changing experience for him so that prompted a desire in his choice. In his words to me Tim Kubart said “I will like a western suit but with Nigerian colors, made by a Nigerian designer“
This was after he inquired and my name was mentioned to him by Bella Ndubuisi. He quickly reached out to me on Instagram and I created the look he wanted and the rest of the story you all know now (laughs).
Did anybody play a role in making this happen?
Yes Bella Ndubuisi who I haven’t meet before saw the suit I crafted for my client in Canada, reached out to my client about who made the suit for him. She mentioned my name to Tim Kubart who checked my brand page on Instagram and he was satisfied with my work after which he contacted me.
Did you really believe it when Tim told you he’ll be attending the Grammys in your piece?
At First I thought it was a scam until I did a little research about him and I discovered he had been a Grammy award winner and this was his second time nomination for the Grammy awards. I saw his passion, about being specific with the color, kind of suit he wanted me crafting for him for the Grammys that also help me believe my after thoughts.
What has the reactions been like ever since the news broke out?
Since the news broke out the reactions I have received has been amazing. I mean my brand is quite young just 3 years and some month, most people are quite shocked that such a young brand could actually achieve such feats. Been getting a lot of comments, interviews scheduled and good recognition for putting Nigeria on such big global platform.
Tim seem to have a lot of love for Nigeria. Does he have any link or affiliation to our country?
I really don’t know if he has any affiliations with Nigeria because I haven’t known him for long. But from what he told me, he said when he came to Nigeria last year to work with children through music and dance with the United States embassy he had a life challenging experience. To add to this He loves children and he’s very passionate about what he does.
Do you have plans to leverage on this new international exposure of your brand?
Of course I do. I will not reveal anything for now but most definitely watch this space (laughs).
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“Education, education. Education is my pride. Gold is good. Silver is good. They are not my pride. My pride is education. Education is my pride.” Thank you to the children of @slum2school for teaching us this beautiful and important song. 🇳🇬 #exchangeourworld #usembassynigeria