1. ani

    September 18, 2008 at 8:43 am

    Love this. I could never wear this but I think this style of print looks cool, especially with the hat, beard and sunglasses.

  2. Anonymous

    September 18, 2008 at 8:55 am

    he’s got great style. print all over to much for me. love the hat and glasses and would put some faded army cargos w/ it.

  3. Anonymous

    September 18, 2008 at 8:58 am

    ah, spike lee as a butterfly collector?

  4. BaronArtz

    September 18, 2008 at 9:20 am

    It’s not for everyone, but certainly a look that works for him.

  5. Jorge from W Palm Beach

    September 18, 2008 at 9:27 am

    I am dying to hear what people are going to say about this one…

  6. Anonymous

    September 18, 2008 at 9:45 am

    Ignoring the print for a minute (a tall order!), I’d like to talk glasses. Who sells the best glasses in NYC? I’ve been in love with all the Paris girls you shot last year in their big tortoiseshell frames and this guy’s great shades are reminding me a little of that. It’s clear you don’t need specs yet, Mr Schuman, or I know you’d be obsessing over them as much as the other great accessories you find!

  7. PAINted bird

    September 18, 2008 at 9:46 am

    I’ll be curious to see how the same attire would look like on a white man.

  8. Anonymous

    September 18, 2008 at 9:59 am

    ILL SON!


  9. Anonymous

    September 18, 2008 at 10:07 am

    love the color on him . although usually the all over print would be a no-no for me, i thikn he manages. what is this? batik print? i wonder if it is an updated batik or traditional..nice glasses and straw fedora and beard. geez. it all just works!

  10. PhilM

    September 18, 2008 at 10:08 am

    yes, the return of the 1970s leisure suit!!! (no irony intended, i think it’s really cool)

  11. Anonymous

    September 18, 2008 at 10:27 am

    I met him once in SoHo over the summer. Poor guy must get Spike Lee comparisons every day. Told me he got his hat at Makins.

  12. Milt-fresh_best-dressed

    September 18, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Homeboy is killin this . Love the way it fits. A of people hate on all over print outfits(really the hoodies). But this outfit has an old school cool vibe.

  13. Jovon Higgins

    September 18, 2008 at 10:32 am

    This look is very interesting and bold!

  14. Anonymous

    September 18, 2008 at 10:35 am

    Hell yea!

  15. Anonymous

    September 18, 2008 at 10:40 am

    this print reminds me of a skirt given to me by a friend in mali, west africa. the patterns and colors are just so much more vibrant there.

    you’d be surprised how well they mix with more understated details!

  16. Anonymous

    September 18, 2008 at 11:09 am

    African style!

  17. monique

    September 18, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Yeah, he’s got a Spike Lee kind of face. This guy’s better looking IMO, actually quite handsome.

    I like his hat, love his glasses and don’t mind his ratty beard. I think his accessories as a whole go well with the, uhr, outfit (please tell me it’s not a leisure suit).

    I’m not a fan of head-to-toe print on anyone. At least this is cut well. Usually these shirts are ginormous.

    If this were Africa, India or the Caribbean I’d like it a lot better but because the brotha looks Ethiopian the outfit seems to go with him.

  18. lfr

    September 18, 2008 at 11:33 am


  19. Lucy

    September 18, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    he looks magnificent!

  20. landis smithers

    September 18, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    i don’t like it.

    but he works it.


  21. Anonymous

    September 18, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    FYI, he’s the style editor of a great music magazine, the fader.

  22. Anonymous

    September 18, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    The print is called Batik.

  23. Anonymous

    September 18, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Sick – the fact he made such a heavy print look so delicate, definateley deserves

  24. crabapplenyc

    September 18, 2008 at 2:00 pm


  25. Gypmar

    September 18, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    Love the print, love the colors. Happy outfit.

  26. Anonymous

    September 18, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Mobolaji is always fly. He designs those suits.

  27. Anonymous

    September 18, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    This look makes me dizzy.

  28. -h of candid cool

    September 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    100% authentic style. Amazing

  29. ellastica

    September 18, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    wow. one of your most interesting subjects in a while.
    the fit on that retro get-up is incredible.

  30. edmund b

    September 18, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    the way the pants and shirt are the same material is a bit too much. maybe if he went with like a solid navy pair of pants it would be much better. but thats just my opinion.

  31. Anonymous

    September 18, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    WOOOOOOOOORK!!!!!…a great western urban way to wear an eastern/african print…where can I place my order?

  32. Anonymous

    September 18, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Super Fly 1972!

  33. john benjamin pritchett

    September 18, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Bravo! I admire his intrepid spirit…

  34. Peter

    September 18, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    Is he the same guy who made the conversion from nice guy to bad-ass a while back?

  35. Anonymous

    September 18, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    This isn’t batik, it’s african wax prints (ironically usually made in Holland)
    I think they look fabulous, look !!!

  36. Simone

    September 18, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    i’m really feeling this look. he is wearing it well.

  37. Anonymous

    September 18, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Looks like it could be a Lilly print.

  38. southerngentinL.A.

    September 18, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    This brother needs his own theme music!!! Handle your business my man!!!

  39. Quack esq.

    September 18, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Mobolaji Dawodu. I love how he uses African Print. Alot of Africans fail with it and I would know cos I am one.

    but he is a G with it.

  40. Rich

    September 18, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Love the bracelets. Interesting that the hat is really a bit too big.

  41. Anonymous

    September 18, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    What I love is that this is so well-fitted. That’s what makes it look so sharp– completely tailored look, only the print is “wild” and therefore it becomes beautifully abstract instead of a gimmick. Handsome man (sorry Spike, you’re nothing like this fellow).

  42. indigo warrior

    September 18, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    It take a certain something to pull that off and he has it!

    Someone said the fabric was batik, but it doesn’t look like batik to me. If the pattern were a little clearer, I’d almost say it was an Asian print. Most batiks end up a bit more muted from the resist process involved.

  43. Dana

    September 18, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    He rocks it!

  44. Blanca Estela

    September 18, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    love it. dude is bold.

  45. Anonymous

    September 18, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    mobolaji… may just be the best dressed brotha i know… here is style that’s effortlessly chill and not contrived.

  46. JBaker

    September 18, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Mobalaji!!! You Stay Fly.

    - Parlour Loves You Babe!

  47. michaeljosephowens

    September 18, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    This guy looks awesome. The hat makes the entire outfit sing. Excellent look, Mr. Print Man.

  48. michaeljosephowens

    September 18, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    I just enlarged the file. Wow. What’s he thinking about, I wonder. What a lovely expression in his eyes. And his accessories—the bracelets—are very, very nice.

  49. Lady Holiday

    September 19, 2008 at 12:07 am

    The fabric is a West African wax printed cotton. Women in my neighborhood (west Harlem) wear gorgeous handmade dresses and headwraps made of this type of fabric, which imitates but is not batik. I’ve actually been on the lookout for a local source so I can make my own… It’s good to know that me and Sart are on a similar wavelength! I think its just a matter of time before wax print fabric becomes huge.

  50. Giuseppe

    September 19, 2008 at 12:52 am

    In the future, when my only responsibility is smoking fine cigars in the Carribean, I hope to own this exact outfit in every color.

  51. Anonymous

    September 19, 2008 at 5:53 am

    This dude looks great and is secure in his cool. I think he looks more like Marvin Gaye in his later days. Marvelous, Marvin!

  52. muir mackean

    September 19, 2008 at 7:14 am

    Anonymous – the shades are Ray-Ban WO366, originally from (I think) the 70s, but you can still buy them. I have a pair that have hung around since then, and from the number of people seen wearing them on this blog, they must be reversing back into fashion.

  53. Kitty Hawk, Brooklyn New York City

    September 19, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Mobolaji gets 10 propellers!

    Africa Stylie Lives!!!

  54. STYLE

    September 19, 2008 at 10:09 am

    Mobolaji has amazing style. He reminds me of an old Freedom Rider from the 60s. And he turns out amazing mens shoots for The Fader, every time!

  55. sparrow

    September 19, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Beautiful African print, and appropriate accessories to complement it. Wonderful.

  56. nan

    September 19, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    love the head to toe print. africa represent!

  57. Anonymous

    September 19, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    muir mackean, I have vintage pair of this frame, but an eyeglass expert called them B-51s…and much older than the 70s.

  58. Anonymous

    September 19, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    @ Indigo Warrir: Batik is an Asian technique … ;-)

    @Lady Holiday: see [url]http://www.vlisco.com[/url]
    You can order these fabrics online.

  59. The Literary Fashionista

    September 19, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    I LOVE this. This is what I mean when fashion evokes emotions. It reminds me of the 70′s, dashikis, Berkeley and San Francisco, of seeing Maya Angelou up on stage reciting a poem, of listening to Ladysmith Black Mambazo, of being on vacation …of many things, all good and all happy.

  60. Anonymous

    September 19, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Mobolaji makes marvelous women’s dresses in some equally great prints so to Lady Holiday’s comment–the search is over! You should check out his spring 09 lookbook.

  61. Escape Artist

    September 19, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Mobalaji is a “Maverick” who is not only a brilliant stylist (Fader, etc.) , designer (his own line), co-book creator (The African Game), and probably future style veejay for all things fashionable on the continent, but he’s hella cool too:)

  62. Anonymous

    September 20, 2008 at 10:18 am

    Thanks muir and anonymous for the rayban tips. Now what about eyeglasses? Maybe I’ll have to wait until someone spectacular shows up wearing proper glasses to broach the topic again, but where oh where can a person find the best specs in Manhattan or Brooklyn?

  63. muir mackean

    September 20, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Hi Anonymous – re. the Ray-Bans, Google WO366 and you will find them. Good luck !

  64. onegiantpanda

    September 20, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    To the anonymous poster who wanted a good NYC place for spectacles/glasses – try Moscot (moscot.com). You can’t go wrong.

  65. Wrinkled Linen

    September 21, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    There are seven men in the world who could pull that look off, and he’s one of them. The rest of us should choose wisely. :-)

  66. Anonymous

    September 21, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    I love him! :D

  67. Anonymous

    September 21, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    batik is indonesian, folks.

  68. darklight

    September 22, 2008 at 3:12 am

    interesting … there’s a mixture of javasese batik art in it called Parang print with something retro.
    fun print =D

  69. Chic Noir

    September 22, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    I love that hedared to wear something with such a lively print. Is that a gold bangle on his arm? I bet he had on sandles too, he probably has the coolest walk to go with his outfit.This outfit could easily taken a femine tone but someting about this guy just radiates 100% manly man.

  70. Anonymous

    September 23, 2008 at 2:52 am

    This is straight out of the west African ‘Ankara’ Saffari suit play book….

    Nice to see man !!

  71. A.A

    September 28, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    The Ray Ban club masters take this look to another level.

  72. Bobbie

    September 29, 2008 at 3:27 am

    he pulls this off.. but I doubt many people could.. he looks cool

  73. JPool

    October 1, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    As others have noted, this is West African style that he’s modified. The all over print is call an “up and down”, and it is still often done with tie and die, linen and local batiks, but less common for men these days in wax prints. West African cuts are usually looser (to help keep cool) and would normally use a round neck with an up and down. The tighter tailoring and collared shirt, not to mention the way the colors suit his skin tone, make this a great cosmopolitan creation.

  74. scott

    October 1, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    on paper, this should not work, but it does admirably. the hat and, probably, the glasses are necessary.

  75. my_mind_on_the_web

    October 3, 2008 at 3:39 am

    Small world! I met this guy, Moe, Today in Kuala Lumpur…

  76. Anonymous

    October 6, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    well, well, well, if it isn’t Mobolaji. a bit more colorful than I’m used to seeing him, but its the only person i know that could get away with this…nice job.

  77. ella

    October 7, 2008 at 11:24 am

    hey! Mobolaji!

  78. SpottieOttieDopaliscious

    October 7, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    The hat and shades create a grat effect. As does the shirt. I could do without the matching pants, but hey, that’s me.

  79. robot

    October 8, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    how would this look with a suit jacket… I keep toying with the idea of matching shirt / pants combo then a jacket contrast.

  80. Anonymous

    October 10, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    He’s always had great style! He is not afraid of an all over print. He wore a black and white checkered suit to my wedding!

  81. Rrroza

    October 21, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    I’m impressed and happy seeing this outfit. How strong and individual and beautiful…I wanna see him walk. Appreciated jpool’s explanations of the print and style and how it was modified from its origins. I’m also admiring the pockets…

  82. Anonymous

    March 5, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    reminds me of the capulanas i saw everywhere in mozambique!

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