Olubunmi ‘Bunmi’ George is a visionary artist and creative who is driven by her keen interest in fashion, music, and youth empowerment and development. Steeped in her father’s textile business from a very young age, her love for fashion and accessories began early in her life.
With a strong entrepreneurial mindset, she started off by retailing jewelry from the Middle and Far East; however, her desire to create from within rapidly transformed into a focus on the design and production of jewellery and accessories. Working with gemstones, wood, fabric, and other natural elements, she founded EMISARA and created her first collection in 2011.
Combining an urban West African background with her global perspective, EMISARA designs can be described as ‘GLOCAL’, an uncommon and unexpected fusion of Nigerian diverse culture and taste with global fashion and sensibilities. The result of this fusion (further influenced by her passion for music) is the uniquely beautiful pieces that the EMISARA brand is renowned for.
At the very core of the brand is Bunmi’s belief that all women are created equal but must express themselves according to their graces. Each EMISARA piece is therefore designed to help women convey their distinctive and individual grace and beauty.
Like a fine fragrance, the same piece worn by any number of different women will always communicate a unique and individual message about them. Hence the EMISARA slogan ‘Don’t say a word, just say something’.
Bunmi is dedicated not only to building a strong African brand which produces accessories and jewellery that can compete with international brands, but to making them accessible and affordable, in line with EMISARA’s tagline – ‘affordable luxury’. Working with skilled artisans in Nigeria and abroad, she remains committed to creating eclectic and uniquely ‘glocal’ pieces that help women make a statement with their accessories.
Bunmi is dedicated to loving God, her family, and helping young people walk in their purpose.