Ayodele, the owner of Ark Collective, is based in Ontario, Canada and is originally from Lagos, Nigeria. 

With more than ten years of retail management experience Ayodele has worked for major brands such as Aldo Shoes, Bikini Village, and Coach New York beneath her belt. After learning so many of the fashion industry's ins and outs and how to run a business, she decided to open her own store dedicated to highlighting and promoting black businesses.