Nigerian designer, Maryam Elisha, and her brand, Rikaorto By Me have once again been accused of giving out a client’s dress to a celebrity.
The client who has been patronizing the designer for about four years, claims she ordered a dress with a specific design for her wedding anniversary but instead, saw the dress on Miss South Africa 2014, Zina Zokufa.
In defence, the designer, took to her Instagram page to explain what really happened. According to her, what her client saw was a similar dress and not the exact one. She went further to explain that her company made two extra’s apart from hers and offered to show both as the design was not exclusive and she did not charge for a custom-made dress.
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Our attention has been drawn to a statement made on Instagram by @queenisthetitttle, FALSELY accusing our Brand of giving out her dress to a model. For four (4) years, we have made bridal dresses for her to USE and SELL under her own brand label @krystalbridalcouture in her country and we have always met her demands. When she accosted us on the matter of this BLUE dress on Sunday, she was rightly told we made two (2) dresses; one for our company’s use and the other for her. We offered to show her the video of BOTH dresses side by side on Monday – but she was impatient to see and clarify/make her conclusion. Please NOTE: We have the right to make as many copy dresses as we want as she DID NOT sign for exclusivity nor did we charge her for a one-off design; the screen shot of the design she posted as evidence of her idea is actually OUR VERY OWN creation and usual pattern – which is very evident from the pictures on our page! By this deliberate act to tarnish our image by capitalising on the “Red Dress Mixup” in December of which she referred in our WhatsApp chat, the desperation in her tone to make drama out of nothing in order to bring publicity to her brand would not bring about the desired results. Please note that the Beauty Queens who modeled this outfit of ours @zina_zokufa and @mariselle4 have NOTHING to do with this or the dress belonging @queenisthetitttle We wish to use this public medium to tender an unreserved apology to them and by extension to their reputable organizations: @theaurorafoundation & @missearthnigeriaofficial which in the first place permitted them to model our Brand . We therefore regard @queenisthetitttle’s action as defaming and this has cost our Brand so much. We hereby demand an IMMEDIATE APOLOGY through the same means by which the false accusations were made. If this is not done within the next 24 hours, we will have no choice but to meet in court. Thank you.
In January 2018,RikaortoByMe was accused by a bride of of failing to deliver her wedding reception dress and instead gave it to Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe for her birthday shoot.
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