Afro Improvisation of Menswear feat. Ikiré Jones

Ikiré Jones is a menswear label that is "conceived in West Africa, made in Brooklyn, and adrift across the world" as it says on its own blog. A multi-talented Nigerian native, Walé Oyéjidé, is the founder and creative director behind the brand and is also both an Afro beat musician and an attorney. Walé was also recognized as one of the best-dressed "real" men featured by Esquire Magazine in 2010 while he was still practicing law. As he explains in an interview in MNSWR blog, he IS the ultimate persona that Ikiré Jones' styles are for. 

Here are some samplings of the styles.

2014 SS Collection. Source: Ikiré Jones website.

2014 SS Collection. Source: Ikiré Jones website.

2014 SS Collection. Source: Ikiré Jones website.  

2014 SS Collection. Source: Ikiré Jones website.  

2013 FW Collection. Source: Ikiré Jones website.

2013 FW Collection. Source: Ikiré Jones website.

2013 FW Collection. Source: Ikiré Jones website.

2013 FW Collection. Source: Ikiré Jones website.

The use of colorful prints is no-doubt high-impact. But what makes the brand's style truly interesting and unique is a perfectly balanced mix of different prints and cuts with Western European and Western African flairs. The ambience of these photos also creates duality: the expressions of those models are very serious while their styles are playful. For example, the scarves tied around their faces like masks contribute to an artistic presentation of the collection. And the use of prints on the back of lapels adds a fun and surprising element to the double-breasted blazer.

Walé's musical talent is reflected in his brand: Ikiré Jones is a great riff off of typical menswear styles!