Taofeek Abijako, 19, became the youngest designer to present a collection at this year’s New York Fashion Week: Men’s. The Nigerian-born designer founded the label Head of State+ just two years ago. Fresh out of high school, Abijako showcased the brand’s latest collection, “Genesis,” on July 11.
According to the CFDA website, he migrated to Albany, New York from his homeland around the time he created the menswear label. He says approaches “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. My belief is furthering a philosophy of thoughtful, inconspicuous, and honest design across the board,” he further explained.
Abijako describes his clothes as “minimalist streetwear approach with social and political commentary.” The Spring/Summer 2019 collection portrays, “the vibrancy of West African youth culture in the ’70s and Fela Kuti.”
He told the The New York Times, “I’m interested in the way the natives adopted European styles and made them their own — I can say natives because I’m African.”
Check out the full collection on WWD.