About Me

Yemisi Olaiya is a pharmacologist turned fashion designer. Her fashion journey began in 2009 after she became pregnant with her first daughter. Her pregnancy spurred her to embrace the art of creating and telling stories with stitches and fabrics.

Yemisi graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2007 and her love for fashion made her pursue a career as a designer which earned her a BTEC Diploma, with triple distinction, from Highbury College, Portsmouth, UK.

The Brand

SEMANDE is a UK based contemporary women’s wear fashion brand, rooted in African culture and heritage.

SEMANDE aims to create a strong but minimalistic fashion aesthetic which adds value to the ideal woman. Each piece tells its own story and is intricately crafted.