September is a hallowed month in the household of Lanre Ogunlesi, businessman and boss of upscale fashion house, Sophisticat. His wife, Modupe Ogunlesi, the entrepreneur behind Adam and Eve luxury store, has clocked 70. Ahead of her birthday, the passionate businesswoman invited an artist to produce her life portrait as she sits quietly at her multi-million naira luxury store.
Tributes and congratulatory messages have since been pouring in for the accountant turned entrepreneur. Unlike her husband, Lanre who is a social bird, the businesswoman prefers the introverted lifestyle and quietly manning her upscale store which boasts of all homewares and bespoke furnishing.
Her journey into the entrepreneurial world started when her first daughter wanted to get married and needed to stock her new home. Having searched almost everywhere in Lagos State, she could not get a luxury store to buy the home essentials she desperately needed. After the wedding, Ogunlesi decided to replicate a lifestyle store that would meet the needs of a woman of class. She has built the brand for almost three decades and is still counting.