Harlem based designer Niyi Okuboyejo appreciates preppy American menswear, but also remains close to his Nigerian roots. His personal style is a creative and tasteful blend of the two.
“Even though I am aware of my Americana, I still strongly identify with my Nigerian heritage. At this point in my life, they both go hand in hand in defining my tastes and style.”
Niyi, who just launched his accessories line Post-Imperial, shows us three examples of his clever culture mixing.
1. Travel Jackets & Senegalese Slippers
Niyi understands the functionality and versatility of an unconstructed jacket for Spring. This cotton pinstriped version, for example, is the perfect compliment to his simple t-shirt & chinos look.
“Most of my wardrobe is built around a sports jacket or blazer. I prefer them unstructured and unlined, which means I don’t have to take them off when traveling to tropical countries.”
“article 2-13, my favorite pocket square from collection II, has been getting a lot of wear lately. It’s smooth Indian cotton, but the loose embroidered fringes give it a contrasting rough texture.”
“I stumbled upon these Senegalese slippers at a local art market in Nigeria. It’s actually one of the coolest places I have ever been. Lord knows how many times I got lost discovering numerous oddities there. You can also commission all kinds of stuff from oversized artworks, to custom furniture, to backpacks made of python skin.
I once ran into a well-known European designer shopping there…taking pictures of the local artisans and their work for inspiration.”
- Round Frame Tortoise Shell Sunglasses by Ralph Lauren
- Navy Cotton Pinstripe Jacket by Club Monaco
- Wide Crewneck Stripe Shirt by Saturdays NYC
- Pocket square “article 2-13″ by Post-Imperial
- Navy Chinos by Club Monaco
- Yellow Leather Senegalese Slippers by local market in Nigeria