Taofeek Abijako: The Designer Who Weaves Memories into Clothing

by Duke

Taofeek Abijako, a Nigerian-born fashion designer, unveiled his debut womenswear collection for Head of State at New York Fashion Week 2023. The collection, titled “Memories of Home,” pays homage to his father, Nureni Abijako, a fellow fashion designer who inspired his work.

Taofeek’s designs draw inspiration from the Festival of African Culture (FESTAC) ’77, a pivotal moment in West African art and culture. His collection is a personal reflection of his journey from Nigeria to the United States, intertwined with his father’s experiences immigrating to Spain and returning home.

Head of State+, Taofeek’s luxe streetwear brand, was founded during his teenage years at Albany High School. He initially gained recognition by painting designs on sneakers and selling them online. His big break came when a Japanese buyer discovered his work on Twitter and purchased his entire collection.

Taofeek’s designs are deeply rooted in his heritage and inspired by the legendary Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti. His creations, such as the olive green faux leather jacket and matching pants, showcase his attention to detail and commitment to excellence.

Through his art and fashion, Taofeek Abijako celebrates his roots and honors his father’s legacy, blurring the lines between fashion and art.

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