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How Nigerian Fashion Designer Niyi Okuboyejo Is Taking Heritage Nigerian Textiles To The Next Level

February 19, 2019

Post-Imperial was founded by Nigerian fashion designer Niyi Okuboyejo, based in Harlem, New York. Okuboyejo was born in Lagos, Nigeria and raised in Texas.

Post-Imperial is cultivating a contemporary aesthetic for the African diaspora within menswear. Before establishing Post-Imperial in 2012, Okuboyejo worked in both menswear and womenswear for Oscar de la Renta, Patrik Ervell and Yigal Azrouël.

With a great focus on color, a great sense for the pattern, and a determined approach to the textile process, all Post-Imperial products are treated in Nigeria. The peculiar attention on old textile techniques used in Nigerian for decades, such as a Yoruban technique called Adire dyeing. The process is so ancient, that there are only a few master dyers left in Nigeria.

Its cultural roots come from traditional Nigerian ceremonies, where clothes, each with a special meaning and patterns, are exchanged at weddings. But the brand, which is established in the US, combines a modern perspective; the use of strong colors and especially the use of frayed edges, are crucial for the image of the brand.

Post-Imperial is represented worldwide in several stores and presents its annual collections both Paris and New York.