Òkun is an Africa-inspired, made & owned luxury mens beachwear brand forged out of the desire to convey a positive and uplifting story through the bold colours and vibrant patterns of of African print.
We channel a pan-African spirit to share a modern sense of heritage from which we draw the freedom to create each season afresh whilst avoiding stale tropes of the motherland.
Òkun is a celebration of inspiration and design, quality, creativity and heritage, traversing the African continent for the world beyond.
Our aspiration is global, our roots African, our lifestyle a holiday and from this niche we strive to create an ethical and socially conscious brand for the new age presenting our story from the continent.
Bola Marquis is the British/Nigerian Founder and Creative Director behind Òkun. He grew up between Lagos, Nigeria and England where having settled in London following his university studies. He holds a BSC in Chemistry and Management Studies from Imperial College, University of London.
Prior to launching Okun, Bola built his career as a Global IT Programme Manager for multinational plcs(ClearChannel, Hays Specialist Recruitment and STA Travel) where he led teams to projects in 10 countries across Europe, Asia, North America as well as in South Africa.
Naturally creative with an appreciation for menswear and style, Bola launched Òkun in 2013 leaving a 15yr career in IT behind. Òkun is a distillation of Bola’s heritage and travels and embodies his creative passions and entrepreneurial passion to build an enduring globally recognised African expression in fashion.
Okun is now stocked in 30 premium stockists internationally across 20 countries including Mr Porter, Browns, Matches and Fortnum & Mason's in London and Alara Lagos as well as luxury hotel chains such as the Constance Group in the Indian Ocean. In 2014 the brand was awarded the Natwest Rising Brand Award in 2014.