Founded in 2016 by Nigerian-born designer Taofeek Abijako at age 17, and based in New York, Head of State is a design company which focuses on art, fashion, furniture, and product designs. Brooklyn based designer Taofeek Abijako named his New York Fashion week 2023 collection " Memories of Home"; bridging his early memories of childhood in Nigeria and his upbringing in New York .
Abijako believes in furthering a philosophy of “thoughtful, inconspicuous, and honest designs,” and his work combines a minimalist streetwear approach with social and political commentary.
The fall/ winter 2023 ready- to-wear show was in collaboration with Nike and had a minimalistic street wear vibe to the collection.
Different techniques of pattern making and textures were in play at this runway .
In May 2022, designer Taofeek Abijako rose to fame with his design being worn at MET Gala by Evan Mock & Danai Gurira. In a sea full of signature black suits seen in menswear, at MET Gala event, Evan's fashion disruption came donned in a Head of State custom cream yellow corset and pantsuit paired with a pearl muslin neck ruffle. The costume had minute pattern making detail which was much appreciated by the fashion connoisseurs .
The brand "Head of State", though less than a decade old, has already been featured in top press outlets and is sold in some of the world’s most prestigious boutiques, including United Arrows Japan, Assembly and American Rag Cie, Sense, HLorenzo in LA. The brand also sells in Nordstrom as part of CVFF temporary installation.
Sketches by Taofeek Abijako
Designer Taofeek Abijako has a strong foundation in pattern making from early years of childhood. His father was small scale garment designer in Lagos, Nigeria ,and Abijako had grown up seeing hand sketches turn to real garments. This passion took him to work as a sample maker in New York city for few years before he founded his own brand Head of State in 2016. Abijako's inspirational journey is now made into a docuseries in September 2022 called " The Come Up" which airs on Hulu and Free
" The Come Up" docuseries trailer aired at Times Square NYC in September 6,2022