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!
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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:)
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?
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.
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.
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…