23rd December, 2011
Barely 72 hours to Christmas some fashion designers in Abuja say they are impressed by the patronage they are receiving.
Some of them told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Abuja, that the patronage was â€œimpressive and challengingâ€.
Mr Linus Bright, the Proprietor of Dalapel Fashion House, in Area 10 Shopping Complex, Garki, Abuja, said the patronage was unprecedented.
Bright, who is operating a unisex sewing outfit, said, â€œwe experienced less patronage before the Christmas season, but we thank God because the situation has changed for betterâ€.
â€œOur business is better this year, compared with what we experienced during last yearâ€™s yuletide.â€
He said that because of the high patronage he was receiving, â€œI was compelled to slightly increase my charges, depending on the style and time for collectionâ€.
â€œWe are still accepting materials, provided the customer is ready to wait and collect them after the Christmas and New Year festivities,â€ Bright added.
Malam Abdul Azeez, the proprietor of Jero Fashion Designs, in the same shopping complex, who shared Brightâ€™s views, said customers were coming in droves.
â€œBusiness was dull before now, but customers are now coming in droves. The only snagged is that some of them are not ready to make any advance payment.â€
Azeez said that because of this â€œwe have to look elsewhere to source for money in order to meet deadlineâ€, adding â€œwe have to increase our charges a little to meet up with the extra production costs.â€
In Mararaba, a densely populated settlement in Karo Local Government of Nasarawa State, the situation was the same.
Mr Dauda Onalo, who operates a shop at Elisha Dachor Street, told NAN that â€œthis yearâ€™s Christmas is special for us because we received more customersâ€.
â€œI have witnessed many Christmas since I came here, but I can say that this yearâ€™s Christmas is different because I received more materials from my customers.â€
A parent, Mrs Juliet Ochija, who also spoke to NAN, said she has already collected her childrenâ€™s Christmas dresses from her tailors, although the â€œcharges were surprisingly highâ€.
â€œI am a civil servant in Abuja, and as I am speaking to you now, my salary has not been paid; my husband had to source for money, to enable us pay for the materials.
â€œMy children should not look different from other children, who are well dressed for Christmas this year.â€