Our summer Fridays feature takes a peak inside the world of our favorite emerging designer labels. Learn more about Niyi Okuboyejo:
Location: Manhattan, New York
Where are your products made? Our pocket squares and handmade ties are made in New York, but we source and develop our fabrics from all over the world.
Can you give us three words to describe your brand? Forward, au courant and continental.
Favorite Post-Imperial summer piece and why? Article 2-02 embodies everything that Post-Imperial is about: approaching cultural concepts from a modern perspective. It is similar to a regular polka dot pocket square, but the embroidered dots and fringed edges give it depth and texture. I usually pair it with a grey or navy suit. It also works really well with a patterned sport jacket.
Favorite summer food? This changes often, but at the moment it is anything Cuban.
Favorite summer drink? Water… God’s juice.
Favorite local spot: Nepenthes New York in Hell’s Kitchen. It is a clothing store curated by Engineered Garments designer Daiki Suzuki. It also serves as an art gallery for some pretty cool artists like Sofia Maldonando. In my opinion, there isn’t a better store offering menswear in the United States .Yes I live in Harlem, and Hell’s Kitchen is basically midtown, but it is only 4 stops away from me on the 2 Train. The folks in there are also amazingly chill. I can spend hours in there talking about everything and nothing.
Where do you go to relax? The Museum Mile. It is just a few blocks away from where I live. There is nothing more relaxing than taking in inspiration at the Met.
Summer inspiration? Lately I have been experimenting with a rare and traditional resist dye technique called “adire”. It was developed by the Yorubas in the Southwestern region of Nigeria. Prior to dying, the artist hand paints unique patterns using a cassava starch paste. The cassava acts as a “resist” dye on the cloth, giving each design an irregular motif. I find the old world process fascinating and I am constantly looking for ways to apply it into modern design.
Favorite summer song? Need U 100% by Duke Dumont.
Learn more about Niyi Okuboyejo at Post-Imperial.
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