Albany High Grad’s Menswear Line Gets ‘Brand to Know’ Nod in New York Times

Take one glance at the HEAD OF STATE+ look book and you’re instantly intrigued. Bold, editorial shots with pops of color in both the background and forefront. Surprisingly chic necklines, patchwork detail and plenty of graphic tee appeal for the ready-to-wear customer.

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The brand’s young designer, Taofeek Abijako, a 2016 Albany High School graduate (not pictured above), received praise this week from the New York Times Style Magazine for his international-selling clothing line, which just debuted its third season of men’s streetwear styles.

Abijako doesn’t call Albany his true home, though. The designer’s fashion influences come from his upbringing in Nigeria, observing the works of his father, a designer himself, who immigrated from Africa to the U.S. in 2004 before his family joined him in 2010. Abijako’s collections are inspired by the political and cultural scene there.

The NYT article called HEAD OF STATE a “brand to know,” and praised Abijako’s quick takeoff into the fashion world after manufacturing the initial line from his childhood bedroom. Within a few months, he began receiving inquiries from retailers in Japan, where the majority of his pieces are sold today.

From the article:

“His luxe streetwear line, Head of State+, features wide-necked sweatshirts, cropped half-zips, fitted jeans and loungey basics, often in warm, rich tones. But the line also moves beyond the requisite sweatpants to offer social and political commentary.”

I have to say, I’m totally digging this line. It’s one thing to support someone who’s doing big things from the 518, but there is also some undeniable talent here. The editorial style of the look books are so carefully curated and tell a cohesive story for the brand. The three collections have unique themes and titles, from “Hooligans,” to “Cruel Hands,” to “No End.” And when you check it out, you totally pick up on the vibes he’s intended for.

HEAD OF STATE  is a mix of athleisure menswear, featuring crewneck sweatshirts, graphic tees and comfortable, form-fitting sweatpants that transition into many different looks. The accessories of bandanas, patchwork detail and graphics add some youth and playfulness –but make no mistake, it’s still sophisticated.

My only question now is when the women’s line is going to come out.

If you’re into Abijako’s work, show him some social media love (also shoutout to the Kanye-esque boss move of following 0 people).

@headofstate_ Instagram

@_headofstate Twitter

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