I was born in Abeokuta, Nigeria. I was raised in Toronto and spent a few years in Edmonton, Alberta.
Where do you live?
I currently live in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
Where are your fave neighborhood hangouts?
I really love Brooklyn. I love going for bike rides in the neighbourhood. These days I don’t do too much hanging out. I enjoy being at home but when I do feel like going out I enjoy going to my neighborhood bar, Casablanca. I love dancing to Afrobeat / Afrocarribean music at Bembe in Williamsburg. My favourite coffee shops are Greene Grape Annex and Manny’s.
You’re the ultimate multitasker! Please share with us in our own words who Folasade Adeosa is?
One thing that is certain is that I am always evolving through creativity. I am an artist with various mediums. Whether it’s through graphic design, modeling, creative directing or design concept I use all mediums to express myself artistically.
Online boutique “1953”… what does 1953 stand for?
1953 is a growing collections that started with head wraps. 1953 expresses the confidence, diversity, and creativity of women, with integrity. We give voice to our individuality and beauty. Each headwrap and accessory is unique, representing the diverse African cultures and the women at the heart of these traditions. After the passing of my father, Austin Adebisi Adeoso, who passed away from cancer January 10, 2012, I decided to fulfill my dreams of creating art. “1953” came to mind during my first trip back to Nigeria in 2013. When she landed in Nigeria, people greeted her by saying, “Welcome to your Father’s land.” 1953 was the year her father was born, and the year Nigeria became his land. A few months after her trip, I launched 1953 in honour of him. 1953 pieces uses African wax fabrics selected in Nigerian markets. The traditions represented make each timeless
What is available in the collection now?
The collection has grown from just being a hand wrap collection. We now have tote bags, zipper pouches and unisex button down shirts.
You are also a foodie… can you share with us your fave African dish and the recipe?
I absolutely love Nigerian food! I think most Nigerian’s would expect me to say that Jollof rice is my favourite dish, but I’ll have to say that my favourite is Eba ati Efo. Eba is a type of fufu made with pounded yam. Efo means spinach. The spinach is cooked in a tomato and pepper stew with dried fish and Nigerian stock fish. I enjoy eating Efo with fresh tilapia or beef.
Your “Book Club Brunch Series” are divine… how did the idea came about and what is up next?
I do the Book Club Brunch Series with my partner Paola Mathe. We came up with the idea to celebrate women authors of the African Diaspora. The reason for this is that these literatures are not on the forefront of many bookstores and we believe that these women are very important and deserved to be acknowledged and celebrated. At the end of the month Paola and I host a brunch where people come together and discuss the book of that month. Right now we have more that 700 worldwide subscribers reading with us. Paola and I plan on traveling with the book club and host brunches in different cities.
Your latest venture is your “Open Space”… can you share with us what this is and how did it come about… and what do you intend to achieve with this concept?
Open Space is a project space that strives to support emerging designers and artists. We had our first month-long pop up this September in the Lower East Side that was successfully funded through Kickstarter. During the month we had 3 art receptions, trunk shows, a day celebrating womanhood and many more. Sasha Payton and I came up with the idea of a nomadic pop up concept store. We’ll be traveling popping up in different cities / neighborhoods with the pop up and featuring emerging designers and artists from that city.