Taofeek Abijako is the Youngest Designer At Men’s New York Fashion Week

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As numerous well-known names converge in the city of New York, a teenager from Nigeria is currently making headlines with his debut. Taofeek Abijako, who is only 19 years old, has officially broken the record as the youngest designer to ever feature a collection Men’s New York Fashion Week.

Abijako’s brand is called Head of State+, is centered on the concept of Afro-Futurism; which explores the marriage of the culture of Africa with technological fantasy. His point of inspiration, something which he calls genesis – Newsone defines it as a celebration of Afro-futurism “through high-end streetwear garments and …a little 70s nostalgia.”

Backstage with Mac, Kalair and Jorden (📸 by @32×30 )

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Abijako used to be a soccer player. He officially began his brand in 2016 when it received attention from Japanese retailer United Arrows. This gave his brand a great deal of exposure, as Abijako’s designs began to appear in publications such as The New York Times Style Magazine.

Abijako has given a statement: “Genesis is the translation of Afro-futurism portrayed by the likes of Parliament-Funkadelic and Sun-Ra through the lens of West African youth culture in the ‘70s and drawing parallels to the modern time.”

To Abijako, the brand is perhaps a deeper foray into his heritage and what it means to him. “I approach Head of State+ as less of a brand and more of a case study. It’s me digging into my cultural upbringing while trying to have a firm grasp and understanding of it.”

Proud Latina Feminist. My likes include strong coffee, watching the previews that come on before the movie, and things that come in pretty packages. I've been a bibliophile and fashion lover since well before I could read or tie my own shoes.

    • Corrada Spatola

      It’s nice to see someone so young making such an impact in the fashion industry. Truly inspiring!

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