We had the good fortune of connecting with Abimbola Fernandez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Abimbola, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
There is a Nigerian proverb that my late father used to tell me, it translates roughly to “The most empty drum beats the loudest.” This has stuck by me throughout my life & resonates more than ever now as a young woman in Los Angeles. It reminds me to be secure in who I am, remain humble, grateful & most importantly to have compassion for others because you never know what they are going through behind their facade.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am the owner & curator of a large vintage collection entitled “The Collection of Chief Aduke O Fernandez” named after my late mother. These garments were worn by her amongst world dignitaries, Royalty & leaders in Africa that my parents associated with. Preserving her legacy & the history of each fashion house is of utmost importance to me.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Im relatively still a “newby” in LA, but one of my favorite restaurants has to be Dama in the fashion district. Dama is Latin inspired, has the most incredible food & will forever be one of my go-to’s. I know many people are hesitant to venture into DTLA but this restaurant is one of many great ones in the area.

Another spot I love is Calabra, at the top of the Proper Hotel in Santa Monica. This rooftop is not only absolutely stunning, but features a pool & a really amazing Mediterranean menu. Perfect for a weekend vibe or first day date.

Lastly we can’t forget Redbird, another fabulous restaurant in DTLA!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
When people say “It takes a village”, they’re not lying. My shoutouts are dedicated to the individuals below who have helped guide me on my way to becoming the best version of myself..

First, I’d like to shout out my late mother & father, Chief Aduke O Fernandez & His Excellency Ambassador Deinde Fernandez. My parents have raised me to be strong, independent, educated woman. They have exposed me to the world through a lens very few get to experience. I am eternally grateful to them for everything they have endured to secure my future & success.

My second shout out goes to Sean R. Matthews of Hazard | Matthews Group. I took a blind leap of faith moving to Los Angeles from New York City & he has been my mentor ever since I touched down. He has helped me swim in a city where many sink.

Nick Terzian, President of NTA Talent – My mentor. I am so appreciative of his + his teams consistent support.

I’d also like to shout out Michael Heicklen, ESQ. who is guiding me through the most trying times I’ve ever experienced. Despite the challenges ahead, he has made it clear that he will make sure I always land on my feet.

Last but not least, I’d like to shout out my trainer, Dustin Enriquez. Prior to my lifestyle change, I never realized what a crucial part a trainer plays in ones life. I strongly believe that when you take care of your body properly, you’re allowing your body to take care of you in return.

Website: www.AbimbolaFernandez.com | www.Deinde.world

Instagram: @hiiibim

Image Credits
Photographer: Osmar Sequeira @osmarsiezar

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