By Eromosele Patrick Eidusi
It’s a new season in the Fashion Calendar and it’s a great opportunity for new and existing designers to show us the clothes and styles for the season.
Fashion week has just left New York and its heading for London. While expecting to see new trends as usual we love discovering new brands, as we have with HEAD OF STATE.
In 2016, then 18-year-old Taofeek Abijako founded his clothing brand HEAD OF STATE – a unisex line which features a combination of printed t-shirts and some hand-painted numbers.
The concept behind the brand was inspired by the song “Coffin for Head of State” by the legendary Fela Kuti, which touches on the corruption of the church and government in Nigeria where Taofeek grew up before relocating to America.
Taofeek had his latest A/W 18 collection, Brotherhood, at NYFW which featured a super cool array of colorful casual wear for men.
In an interview about the brand’s position in the fashion industry, Taofeek speaks to Konbini:
“I’m not necessarily focused on filling a gap in the industry, for me it’s more of focusing on the storytelling the brand is about: presentation of ideas without constraint.
My work is a reflection of who I am and that’s interwoven with my cultural upbringing.”
Taofeek also has a penchant for painting which he weaves into his fashion design. The 19-year-old raised funds for his fashion projects by hand painting sneakers and selling them online. His sneakers rose to prominence when The Hunger Games Star Amandla Stenberg posted a pair of Taofeek’s custom Vans on Instagram.
Although HEAD OF STATE is majorly based in America’s influence is clear, especially given the name of the brand. Taofeek says he uses color and minimalistic designs to pass social commentary without having to say anything and from what we can see in the clothes produced, he does a great job.
About bringing HEAD OF STATE back home, the designer said:
“I definitely want to bring HEAD OF STATE to Nigeria. Along with the current list of contemporary retailers/stores that carry the brand, adding a few from Nigeria in the near future will be interesting – taking the brand’s ideas back to its primary roots.
Besides that, I’m looking to explore the art scene back home and contributing to it. Whether through curated arts installations, organizing pop up shops/events with a concept store or a gallery exhibit.
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With his third collection, brother hood, under his belt Taofeek says it feels like he’s on the third paragraph in the first chapter of an infinite paged book, and so we shouldn’t expect to forget the brand anytime soon. We’re definitely looking forward to what’s next for the brand, until we’ll be feeding our eyes (read wardrobes) with what exists.
See more photos from the collection below:
Pictures: Instagram; @headofstate_
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