Nigerian fashion brand, Mai Atafo is no newcomer in the fashion industry.
Having been referred to as the king of Tuxedo, with the description, “possibly the best suit maker in Africa,” Atafo is definitely not joking this year.
The designer showcased an exciting collection at the 2017 Autumn-Winter South Africa Menswear Week recently held in Cape Town.
Taking a drift off his usual prim, proper and tailored, signature bespoke suits, Mr Ohimai (real name), explored other urban trends.
With pieces creatively branded with hand paintings, graphics and motifs, the designer has raised the bar in fashion.
Lagos State’s Yaba market served to inspire the experienced fashion designer’s denim collection, as he inscribed Yaba market lingos, including “wash and wear” and “bend down select” on them.
Atafo said his creations were inspired from his childhood experience.
Of this collection, titled: ‘Me’, he said: “This is a collection that describes my journey from when I was 19 years to this present day. In my early years, hand downs from my brothers and second-hands made up my wardrobe, because one couldn’t afford new cool clothes. Added to this was my need to standout by re-inventing these pieces through reconstructing or sometimes deconstructing them. The hand printing helps to tell a literal story.”
For the love of fabrics, the renowned designer said: “The basis for all these stemmed from my love for denim, velvet, corduroy (ridged velvet), suede, leopard print and camouflage fabrics. Hound’s tooth I consider to be the most technical check pattern. It could be fun and serious at the same time and the obvious knitwear just because it’s Autumn/Winter.”
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Written by Eromosele Patrick Eidusi
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