Republic of Foreigner is a Nigerian apparel brand which was founded in 2010. It was established with the aim of bringing out the spirit of freedom in all the ladies out there.The creative forces behind Republic Of Foreigner are the sisters Carmen and Selina Sutherland. Their spectacular designs are inspired by Afrobeat culture, vintage relics and folklore. These designs emanate a mutual love of film, art, and design. This bohemian inspired fashion duo Operating from their hometown in Lagos, Nigeria, produce eclectic designs for the modern hippie and they’re out with their new Resort Collection “Echizen.”
The Echizen Collection is a dynamic fusion of chic Bohemianism and the natural world. The result is refreshingly soft, feminine, and whimsical – with sharply tailored jumpsuits and confidence-assured dresses, alongside playful tops, shorts, and trousers.
The name of the collection was literally inspired by a beautiful yet invasive species of jellyfish called echizen found in the Pacific Ocean.
The collection represents a mix of gauche and glamour—staying true to the designers’ tradition of mixing their easy boho-inspired aesthetic with contemporary African and world culture.
Ideas for the collection were derived from vintage photographs of Italian Gondoliers in boater hats, and characters observed in films such as The Chicken Ranch (1970s), West World (1973), Dune (1984), and Giacomo Pucini’s opera, La Bohème.
Coupled with these influences, movement, shape, and colour all play a big role in the collection, as do graphic prints, textures, and trimming—all working together to celebrate women, beauty, simplicity, aggression, everyday life, and change.