From High School To Fashion Trade Shows And International Sales

From fashion design doodles in his high school notebooks to Japanese retailers carrying his wares, a lot has transpired in the life of Taofeek Abijako over the last year. One year ago, Abijako was still a senior in Albany when he tweeted out the first-ever lookbook for his luxury streetwear brand Head of State+. The tweet made its way to the buyer of Japan’s United Arrows and after a meeting in Manhattan, they took on his entire collection. Abijako’s pieces are made in NYC, but they make clear reference to his homeland, Nigeria. The 18 year old looked to the DIY aesthetic of Nigerian youth in the post civil war time period. The result is a strong A/W collection known as “Hooligans” which will make its way to even more retailers around the world.