A person devoted to fashion clothing, particularly unique or high fashion. Fashion enthusiasts are synonymous to fashionistas. REAL fashionistas do not believe in trends. They create trends daily. Fashion enthusiast is a person that is obsessed with every art of fashion. Adebiyi Peter is a fashion enthusiast who always loves to share his story. InterviewStories had an interview with him where he talked about how he started the journey, how he has been able to overcome challenges and how he is waxing stronger in his desired field.
Can we meet you?
I’m Adebiyi Peter, a fashion enthusiast. The creative director of PETROYAL APPAREL. I am a graduate of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Mathematics (B.sc).
Tell us about PETROYAL APPAREL?
PETROYAL APPAREL is a dynamic clothing company born out of passion and the need to change the narrative “clothiers cannot be trusted” and at the same time give quality service and clothing for individuals and cooperate bodies. It was established on November 6th, 2017. We thrive on our integrity and creative instinct.
Why the name Petroyal Apparel?
It’s coined from Peter and Royalty. We believe our clients are royalty so we induce our belief in the name.
How did Petroyal Apparel start?
It was conceived in 2013 during my IT(Internship) days in Ogun state, on getting back to Lagos I enrolled for a wash-up training with a friend so as to put the “2013 strike” to use. That has been one of the best decision of my life because it brought my dreams from conception to reality. Since 2013 to 2017 it has been a series of training and mentorship and little business in between.
Why fashion after studying Mathematics in school?
I have always wanted to do something in the fashion line while in school, for example, fabric sale, clothing and accessories sale, third party agent for designers. But all didn’t work out for me. So I decided to start my personal brand/
Relevance of Mathematics in the fashion industry?
Yes! Mathematics have taught me accuracy and precisions which apply in my work. It has also helped to shape my mind to a large extent I can’t describe in words. I can’t imagine meeting some people without my educational background.
Do you think it would have been better if you had studied a course relating to fashion in university than mathematics?
I think I would have done this differently but Mathematics has helped a great deal.
Can you leave Petroyal Apparel for a better offer from Mathematics?
There is no such offer.
What skills do you require at Petroyal Apparel?
Business skill. Creative and artistic skills. Strong detailing eye. Visualization. Integrity. Communication.
What skill gives you an edge over your competitors?
Integrity. We live in a world where words don’t match with works anymore. You see a display photo online, order for the product and on arrival, the product doesn’t match with the photo. How disappointing can that be? As if that’s not enough, the product doesn’t arrive at the agreed time. We make sure our product match with what was requested and time limit agreed.
How were you able to raise capital for the company?
I’m a very businesses oriented person and I’ve learnt over time how to multiple my token… Though I saved a little over #100,000 during service how far would that go to set up a fashion outfit in Lagos and also get the training needed… So what I did was to keep multiplying my token by increase value and attracting worthy clients.
Equipment and tools used at Petroyal Apparel?
Currently, we have 4 industrial sewing machine and an industrial overlock machine plus a manual machine for our new trainees and other necessary equipment.
How has technology help Petroyal Apparel?
Basically, social media has been helpful in the area of business models as it brought me close to some of the most decorated persons in the industry and also helped in terms of audience.
How do you get new customers?
Basically, it’s by referral, if you patronized us you will be willing to tell others, we are working on our social media appearance. Though I have made some sacrifice to attract some powerful clients myself.
What fashion styles or works can you do at Petroyal Apparel?
I have styled different weddings, make campaign uniforms for parties and cooperate firm and religious bodies. Going into runway fashion this year.
What are the problems you face running Petroyal Apparel?
Finding young people with my kind of passion and drive to work with
What should we be expecting of Petroyal Apparel in the next 10years?
Let me share my 5 years goals. I want my company to be a household name in Nigeria and launch out internationally. I also want to have at least 15 industrial machines and not less than 20staffs in a centered location in Lagos state. To be servicing 500 clients or more monthly, to reach a turnover of #15,000,000 yearly. There’s a structure in place. Application for loan is in progress
Advice for artists who hates school?
I tell new applicants at PETROYAL APPAREL how school have helped me shape my goals and aspirations. Education will make them see things differently.
What motivates you?
Seeing my work appreciated and seeing smiles on my client also ability to create wealth for others
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What advice do you have for students still studying at school?
Look out for opportunities while you’re doing your duties as students. Be prepared for opportunities.
Tell us your worst and best experience while being the director of Petroyal Apparel?
The major factor in my life has been God because he has given a gift for witty invention.QUOTE FROM ADEBIYI PETER
My worst experience was the time I was sick and my staffs didn’t do a satisfactory job. The best experience is an everyday experience where the art got better.