Nigerian Americana feat. Niyi Okuboyejo

May 20th, 2013

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.

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1. Travel Jackets & Senegalese Slippers

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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.”

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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.”

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“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.”

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  • 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
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  • olukayode

    I absolutely love the class Niyi always portray. As a budding Nigerian designer I observe people like him to inspire me. kudos bro, I cant find your twitter handle anywhere tho… only @postimperialism ???

  • BlacknDapper

    Nice to see a fellow Nigerian-American, enjoyed this and your last feature as well. And from your first name, I thought you were Igbo, but your last names sounds more Yoruba. But I have a feeling that you are neither (like me) lol

    • http://postimperial.net/ Niyi

      I am full blooded Yoruba. haha

  • http://undefined mathieu lavoie

    Wow!…just wow!

    Such a nice balance between, style, comfort, color and personnality.

    Very inspiring, I wich i had a similar figure though…same stuff would probably be not so flattering on me…

  • RedYeti

    That last look is incredible. A perfect example of the Coco Chanel ‘look in the mirror and remove one accessory’ idea. He hasn’t overdone it like a lot of ‘stylish’ menswear guys

  • Eugene

    The looks seem completely effortless. Hoping to see more of Niyi. Something highly appealing about his sense of style. It is always refreshing when an “individual” comes along.

  • Pat

    That fish hook tie bar is awesome! I want one. Niyi you just became my new inspiration. Great post.

  • http://www.fitfoodiele.com fitfoodiele

    STYLE ICON!!!!!!

  • Lola

    Fantastic!

  • TO

    The man with the pinstripe separates! How could I forget Niyi??

    Still looks great, would love to check out some of those places he has shopped.

  • BF

    last look is exceptional.
    Fish hook tie bar FTW

    • John Crossley

      Yeah, that fish hook has convinced me to invest in some tie bar alternatives.

      • BF

        I got an ak-47 tie bar from trashness.com that’s pretty sick…

    • Jordan

      My dad gave me one of those fishhooks ages ago as a bookmark (?!), it just chewed up the pages of the book so I started wearing it as a tie bar. Great minds etc.

  • Khalid

    Glad to see Niyi back! So fresh.

    Niyi, did you have that blazer in look 1 tailored? What size is it and how tall are you? (I’m 5’10, have the same blazer in size M, and am wondering whether I should taper the sleeves.)

    Hope to see more of Niyi in the future; he’s definitely got a knack for colour and accessorizing.

    • http://postimperial.net/ Niyi

      Thanks Khalid,
      I actually didn’t touch it at all. I got it as fit pretty well from jump. I actually just threw it in the washer abut a month ago and it shrunk a tad bit.

      By the way I am 5’8″ and 150 lbs.

  • MS

    I have mixed feelings about look #1. While this dude kills it across the board in such an iconic, mellow, breezy way—I don’t think anyone can pull off the same-color-pant-as-unmatching-patterned-sportcoat look.

    • John Crossley

      In my opinion, if you’re going casual, you rock the same or in this case similar (the jacket has more of a lighter fade to it) color/different patterns jacket and pants. I think look 1 is really strong.

  • http://www.gent.ro Viorel

    His style has evolved in my opinion from the crazy colors and accessories worn all at once gave in the previous post to the subtle mixing of colors and accessories in this one. The perfect example of “less is more”.

  • Temi

    nicely done… #proudlyNigerian!

  • Mon

    anyone know the watch from #1?

    • Andrew

      Post #2 and #3 have the same watch and it is credited at the bottom.

  • Big Jon

    I’m not on board with wearing slippers in public, but i will say this. I’m inspired by that last look. Everything about it was awesome.

  • John

    While I don’t like neither the slippers, nor the hat, I get his style and creativity! Props for being so bold!
    Look #3 is the best by far for me! Well done!

    • John Crossley

      The gray/key lime/navy color combo works so well together. I have to figure out how to incorporate that into my wardrobe somehow. Look #3 is spot on.

  • Steve

    Great flair for style.

  • Jerome

    Very very strong post!

  • DK

    Proud Nigerian American! Love this post!