Allure Award 2018: ACCESSORY DESIGNER OF THE YEAR- ArtSmith Collection
Founded in 2008 by West Africa’s most renowned male jewellery designer, Gbenga Ayo-Dada, popularly known as Gbenga Artsmith, the Artsmith collection is a socially conscious jewellery brand that creates handcrafted jewellery pieces, with precious and semi-precious stones from Nigeria, Hong Kong, Italy, and China.
A business that started from the back of a car, used as a makeshift workshop, has grown to two stylish studios in the highbrow areas of Lagos state after ten years in business.
Adorning women and men in signature Artsmith Collection pieces, Gbenga Ayo-Dada and his business have been recognised by different award bodies, from Glam and Essence Awards as ‘Jewelry Designer of the Year’ to TUSH Awards’ ‘Youth Entrepreneur of The Year’, amongst others.
In January 2016, the Artsmith Collection was the official jewellery brand used in the highest grossing Nollywood movie, ‘Wedding Party’ 1&2. The Jewelry brand also provided costumes pieces for other popular cinematic productions, TV and Online drama series such as ‘Royal Hibiscus Hotel’, ‘Isoken’, ‘King of Boys’, ‘Tinsel’, and ‘Skinny Girl in Transit’.
His works such as the Nectar and Pink Phoenix collections have featured in promoting worthy causes such as the Cerebral Palsy and Breast Cancer awareness months respectively.