Fashion labels come and go by the minute in today's fashion-filled world, but Nigerian/American designer Niyi Okuboyejo's Post Imperial brand is marking its long-term stay in New York's realm of menswear.
Born in Lagos, Niyi is a renowned Nigerian-American designer based out of Harlem, New York. With brands such as MINI and Engineered Garments accompanying his vast portfolio, Niyi also received Fashion Group International's (FGI) Rising Star Award in menswear in 2020. Raised in Texas, the fashion designer transitioned to New York, where he studied Fashion at Parsons School of Design.
“A lot of my inspirations come from the African diaspora. But I am also as inspired by David Hockney and Aphex Twin, as I am by The Baye Fall movement and Barkley L. Hendricks,” Niyi told ONS.
Niyi Okuboyejo founded his Post-Imperial brand using Yoruba Adire dying techniques to create contemporary designs of the highest quality. Every collection is mindfully crafted with local African artisans, uniting traditional techniques & textiles with a modern, easy sensibility.
For the label's latest collection, titled Omi, which translates to “water” in Yoruba, is inspired by patches of narratives of water from the diaspora. Drexciya-patchwork featured on several prints, which highlights the collection, was inspired by the Detroit techno duo Drexciya, whose music centers around mythology about a great underwater civilization birthed from pregnant slaves thrown overboard during the middle passage.
Check out a few notable looks from Post Imperial's 'Omi' collection above and check out the full drop via the label's official webstore.