Ugo Mozie is a self-made fashion mogul from who is turning his superior taste and high fashion sensibilities into a formidable list of credentials anchored by his numerous collaborations with the worlds A-list personalities. Working as a stylist and brand consultant, Ugo has used his talents to not only elevate brands but give a voice the enumerable talented young people across Africa that he looks to empower through his WANA foundation – a non-profit for which he is the founder.
If you’ve kept your attention on the world of international fashion and entertainment over the past couple of years, his name has surely come up and his roster of high profile clients continues to grow. From Justin Bieber to his recent collaboration with Nigerian superstar, Wizkid and the launch of his opulent and distinctly African fragrance, Mosaic, Ugo has the world at his very talented fingertips.
CSA takes a closer look at the personal side of this African innovator.
Words: Tshiamo Seape
Hi Ugo, how would you describe what you do to people who are unfamiliar?
I’m a Fashion Expert and Creative Manager. I’m in the business of image and entertainment. I build brands and take them to the next level.
It’s one thing to dress well but to have the confidence of so many others is something else entirely. How did you get your start styling for so many big names?
I started off first by interning. I did my groundwork to really learn the industry. I worked for free a lot to practice and sharpen my craft. And one day I got a call to work with my first celebrity client, and I took it from there.
Is there a theme or an ethos you have in your approach to fashion?
Fashion is not more important than style. Understand your style and aesthetic first and then find the designers that match.
What’s been the biggest project you’ve worked on to date?
– Styling Justin Bieber for the Met Gala.
Shoes, Jacket and accessories: what are your favourite pieces in your wardrobe right now and how do you like to style them?
Shoes- White Air Force Ones or black vans, Dries Van Notten wife fitted pants, an African Tunic top. This is my go-to look.
The five items you would never wear?
When it comes to fashion, I can really never say never. I’m too open-minded.
A perk of your work is that you get to travel all over the globe – what’s your favourite destination?
My favourite Destination to go to is Lagos. Not only because I’m Nigerian but the city trimly fascinated me and awakens my spirit. The potential of what I will do there is always exciting and motivating.
Alternatively, what is the most rewarding part of your work?
The most rewarding part of what I do is being able to change peoples lives and the way they see themselves. The self-confidence they get when they feel and look great goes such a long way. And the feeling for me never gets old.