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Taofeek Abijako    

Fashion Designer for Head of State+

Nigerian immigrant Taofeek Abijako started his luxe men's streetwear brand when he was a teenager at Albany High School. To fund his first capsule collection, he painted designs on $45 Van sneakers and sold them for $200. Weeks after a fashion site wrote about the collection he'd posted on Twitter, a buyer from Japanese chain United Arrows snapped up the whole line of fitted shirts, pants and jackets. Abijako named his company Head of State+ for the title of a song by the late Nigerian political activist and father of Afrobeat music, Fela Kuti, who Abijako says inspires his designs. Among his favorite creations: an $850 fitted jacket with four zip pockets in olive green faux leather with matching $475 pants.

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