All Eyes On Nigeria As Menswear Comes Of Age In Lagos

by MR Magazine Staff

“It’s just a sea of inspiration: the chaos, the people, the food, the music, the language, like any metropolis in the world,” says designer Tokyo James of his home town Lagos, a city that continues to inform his collections, including his lauded Spring/Summer 2019 show shown at London Fashion Week Men’ and already worn by Nigerian musician of the moment Burna Boy. African fashion is undeniably in the spotlight, and Lagos — a city with a population larger than London and New York combined (of which the majority are millennials) — is at the helm of this renaissance. For local creatives, the task of redefining menswear, and scaling domestically and internationally, has become far more complex than merely distilling aesthetics; with sustainability, identity, politics and cultural curation playing an equal role in why and how they do what they do. Read more at Highsnobiety.