Luxury brands are usually synonymous with craftsmanship, exclusivity and premium products which are intended for discerning clientele. Stating that Nigerian born designer and artist Buki Akib is operating within the core of this paradigm, would be by no means overreaching.
A graduate of London’s prestigious Central Saint Martins, Akib draws inspiration from her childhood, growing up in the hustle of Lagos. The vibrant life of the city markets, the rich and colourful ensembles of the local belles & dandies and above all, the historical and traditional heirloom of her native country of Nigeria, all served as catalysts for her vocation towards fashion.
With her eponymous Menswear label, Buki Akib captures the essence and cultural complexity of this microcosm by crafting outlandish silhouettes that seem to embody the spirit of modern Africanism.
Intricately ornate monochromatic knitwear, metallic leather panels, high waist quilted pants, augmented patchwork fur coats and oversized boxing shorts are all part of Akib’s idiosyncratic signature style.
The work of Buki Akib is an art form; unearthing highly covetable designs that confer the incomparable sensation of taking part to in a genuine luxury experience.
Fusing traditional methods of weaving fabrics like the hand woven Yoruba’s Aso Oke cloth, she creates fresh and unconventionally sumptuous garments with a radical touch of modern cosmopolitanism.
Since launching in 2010, the brand has been receiving critical acclaim from international industry experts and leading fashion editorials including ID, Dazed & Confused and The Guardian.
Music, art and culture play an integral role in Akib’s creative process. Eloquently dubbed “Fela”, her graduate collection was inspired by Nigerian music icon Fela Kuti and the Afro Beat movement that dominated the West and Pan African musical scene in the 1970’s.