Abiose Sunkanmi Ahmed aka Kazz Kazzian is one of the leading celebrity stylists across the nation with a penchant for effortless fashion. In this interview with Chinyere Okoroafor, the founder and Director of Kazzian Luxury talks about the challenges and fun in the styling industry. Excerpts:
Can you remember when you first learned about your field of work?
By the time I discovered what stylist actually was, I had been doing it for a while. I did my first pull in secondary school, without even knowing what it was. I started by customising wears back then in school. People noticed I had a good taste when it comes to picking clothes and they started asking me to help them shop for clothes. So, later on when I left school, I became a personal shopper and started shopping for celebrities and from there on I became a stylist.
When did you decide that this was the job for you?
I think the Universe decided it for me in 2015 when I officially started my brand Kazzian Luxury and a year after I became a celebrity stylist to be reckoned with in this space. Since I was good at picking clothes for people who kept referring me to other people and before I knew it, I have had a large amount of people seeking my service, so I decided to take it as a career. And I am grateful for that.
Tell us more about your brand?
The brand Kazzian Luxury is mostly into wardrobe styling, retail fashion styling, prop styling and editorial styling.
How long have you been a celebrity stylist?
I have so much love and passion for what I do and it has always come naturally to me. I started celebrate styling in 2016 and since then God has always been faithful.
How has being the journey so far?
To be honest, it’s been really amazing, I became one of the best in my career since my first year, and all I can say is God has really been faithful.
Where is Kazz Kazzian from?
I am from Ogun State but I was born and raised in Festac Town, Lagos Nigeria. I attended 2nd Avenue primary school and Solika High School in Festac.
Could you mention the celebrities you have styled so far in the industry?
Davido, Wale MMG, 2Baba, Banky W, Yung6ix, Dr Sid, Iyanya, Solid star, Olamide, Ycee, Ice Prince, Patoranking, Praiz, Tiwa Savage, Chidinma, Sound Sultan, Reekadobanks, Sean Tizzle, Orezi among others.
There are many fashion stylists in Nigeria. How were you able to win the patronage of some of the celebrities?
My styling is unique, my styling is different. Although I have never seen anyone as a competitor, I always see myself as my own competitor.
What is the most fun part of his job?
Seeing my clients get excited for looks that I create. It’s such a blessing to be able to do what I love every day and work with clients that I love and who inspire me.
What is the most challenging part of his job?
What people don’t understand is that the act of literally styling is only 30% of the job… I love creating looks for everyday and red carpet but people do not know how hard it is to get the wardrobe for these looks. We are glued to our phones and computers researching, calling in wardrobe and running around town to every showroom and store in town.
We are non-stop and there is so much preparation that is required beforehand. It can be very stressful at times. My team helps me so that I can run around to fittings. They are constantly sending me look books and pictures to preview so I can select the best of the best for my clients. I really count on my team to be on top of everything 24/7. There is no room for error. I like to be creative so the challenge is to constantly come up with new ideas while managing a business. It’s a lot and it can be very stressful at times, but I love what I do so much that I manage to make everything look easy, but it’s not,
Have you had any embarrassing moments with any of your clients?
No, not really I haven’t had any; I really pray I don’t experience such in future because I know it can be embarrassing.
Describe your style in three words
Effortless, essential and evolving.
Do you also style female artistes or is it only males that you style?
Yes, I do style female artiste sometimes.