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    Opulent designer and founder of ORANGE CULTURE, Adebayo Oke-Lawal knows more than a thing or two about creating a fashionable moment. He creates movements. Breaking traditional gender stereotypes to synonymously celebrating his Nigerian culture, at the age of only 28, Adebayo is a pioneer in the making.

    Meet Adebayo Oke-Lawal of ORANGE CULTURE

    Interview by Tia Muhammad

    Photography by Kosol Onwudinjor

    Styling by Daniel Obasi

    Opulent designer and founder of ORANGE CULTURE, Adebayo Oke-Lawal knows more than a thing or two about creating a fashionable moment. He creates movements. Breaking traditional gender stereotypes to synonymously celebrating his Nigerian culture, at the age of only 28, Adebayo is a pioneer in the making.

    ONCHEK(OC): Adebayo, we are pleased to introduce you to our ONCHEK audience. As an influential fashion designer with an extensive past of writing and styling, describe the moment you decided to focus solely on design?

    Adebayo Oke-Lawal (AO): I wanted to be in fashion ever since I was a little kid but when I was 10 I fell deeply in love with fashion when a mini store decided to make some of my sketches into clothes. It changed the way I saw fashion!

    OC: Wow. That’s so cool that you got the at opportunity at such a young age! You started a movement with your brand ORANGE CULTURE that inspires a lifestyle of unapologetic fluidity. What sparked this approach?

    AO: I grew up in a system that supported hyper-masculinity and that tried to suppress me and many people I know. That inspired the whole movement of an unapologetic fluid lifestyle. There is no one way to be a man!

    OC: I hear that! Your garments feature duality and interchangeability that broke the mold of traditional fashion gender categories with your androgynous menswear. What does your design process look like to create something that looks impeccable on men and (if intentionally) just as ravishing on women?

    AO: Wow. Thank you. When I'm designing I like to make clothes that show concern for a person’s body. How does it feel against your skin, does it make you feel creative, beautiful and sensual? That space of thought made way for me to create clothes for both genders. At first it wasn't intentional but when women started asking to buy my clothes then it became intentional. Now I think about how do I translate the clothes from a man's closet to a woman's closet and ensure the pieces are transferable!

    OC: I find that to be so compelling, they way your garments just seem to sync so effortlessly with the wearer. Collaboration is often implemented into your brand, why is the joining of forces important to you?

    AO: I believe that when you've been given a platform you should always use it to support others. That's how collaboration started for me! I feel like as Industry, if we push for each other, the industry will move quicker into global prominence.

    OC: With the recent launch of your collaborative collection with ONCHEK, what sparked this particular project?

    AO: I loved the idea of working with something I've never done before. It opens me up to a new consumer base - especially in football. I liked that Chekwas approached us on the project and felt super honored.

    OC: With the recent launch of your collaborative collection with ONCHEK, what sparked this particular project?

    AO: I loved the idea of working with something I've never done before. It opens me up to a new consumer base - especially in football. I liked that Chekwas approached us on the project and felt super honored.

    OC: This is ONCHEK’s first exclusive collection and we can’t wait to unveil it to the world. What would you say was the best part of creating this collaborative collection?

    AO: I had to simplify my ideas because we wanted to create something functional and super easy! For me that's always an exciting challenge!

    OC: With your fluid signature androgynous touch, we can only imagine what this collaboration will represent. Can we expect to see some of the same nuances in this exclusive collection?

    AO: Haha! You'd have to wait and see. But it's a lot less of that and more of our street line collaboration nuances.

    Time for the switch-up…At ONCHEK we love to get to the essence of an individual in the short precious time that we have with them. Through 6 rapid-fire questions, we want you to answer each with the first thought that comes to mind. Ready? Don’t be nervous. Go!

    OC: What was the last good restaurant you tried for the first time?

    AO: Noir in Victoria Island, Lagos

    OC: The last stamp on your passport is from?

    AO: America (lol)

    OC: Who was the last person you texted?

    AO: My head tailor

    OC: If you had to swamp clothes with one person for a day, who would it be?

    AO: Jared Leto

    OC: You just bought tickets to?

    AO: Nothing actually. (lol)

    OC: Current song on repeat is?

    AO: Janelle Monae - I Like That

    OC: If you had to swamp clothes with one person for a day, who would it be?

    AO: Jared Leto

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