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May 16, 2016  ·  culture  ·  design  ·  style

Creative Africa and Ikiré Jones

Exploring the suite of exhibitions that comprise the Creative Africa celebration at the Philadelphia Museum of Art it was impossible to miss the sole contemporary menswear display by none other than Philadelphia's own Ikiré Jones—and equally impossible to overlook creative director Walé Oyéjidé in one of his own striking sport coats. The Ikiré Jones aesthetic is a fusion of African textiles with European tailoring, and to Walé this reflects both the global nature of contemporary African design and his own journey. "It's not solely one thing or another," he observes; "at this point I'm as American as I am Nigerian." When asked if a common thread between the wildly varying genres and aesthetics in the exhibitions might be working with materials rather than against them, he offered "...and maybe just using what you have".

Creative Africa continues through the end of the year. Ikiré Jones' made-to-order sport coats are available online for $450.

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