19-year-old Nigerian becomes youngest designer at New York Fashion week
A 19-year-old Nigerian designer, Taofeek Abijako who started working from his bedroom, has made history in the New York Fashion Week which took place few days ago.
Taofeek Abijako became the the youngest designer to present a collection at the New York Fashion Week: Men’s this year.
The 19-year-old Nigerian designer and founder of the menswear label, started the brand just two years ago with the intent to generate impactful statements through his work. Previous collections entitled, “Cruel Hands” and “Hooligans,” consisted of apparel with these thought-provoking statements: “Disorder: In Mutiny We Trust” and “Palaver Child.”
According to CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), his label “pays homage to his past by celebrating his West African culture through a contemporary perspective.
In Taofeek’s words:
“My dad was a trained fashion designer while living in Nigeria and dealt mostly with local traditional garments. Growing up in an environment like that sparked my curiosity in design,”
When asked about his inspiration for the street wear brand’s upcoming “Genesis” collection, he shared that it’ll portray “the vibrancy of West African youth culture in the ‘70s and Fela Kuti.” The new collection is guaranteed to be groundbreaking in design and social impact.
The menswear label will be debuting its Spring/Summer ’19 collection at Men’s New York Fashion Week.