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Tesslo interprets global fashion style with Afrocentric menswear collection

Tesslo Concepts, a fashion outfit owned by Tessy Oliseh-Amaize, a graduate of Fashion Design, University of Middlesex has unveiled ‘Boundaries’, an Afrocentric menswear collection. Modelled by her husband, Ohimai Godwin Amaize, popularly known as Mr Fix Nigeria, ‘Boundaries’ is expected to cater for a global market as the festive season approaches.

“’ Boundaries’ was inspired by our quest to push the boundaries of creativity with unique pieces that interpret Western influence on African fashion concepts,” Tessy said about the new collection.

“What we have done is to play around with the Ankara fabric which is very popular here in Africa. We have attempted some creative work with the traditional Isi Agu fabric of the Igbos, we have also brought the concept of maps into Agbada embroidery to achieve a first-of-its-kind Afropolitan effect as well as experimenting with other daring ideas.

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“You can’t talk about maps without boundaries, so this collection is essentially not just about pushing the boundaries of creativity but also, interpreting global fashion styles in African perspectives. We are simply showing the world that whatever the best designers can do anywhere across the globe, we can also do here in Africa. For too long, we have been playing catch up. It’s time to take the driver’s seat. We must push Africa into the consciousness of global fashion and style trends.”

Earlier in the year, Tesslo Concepts unveiled its new menswear collection, ‘Scissors’, which according to the designer was, “me playing around a lot with patterns and in some cases, asymmetrical styles.

“My originality as a fashion designer is best expressed when I sketch my designs and bring them to life by cutting out the patterns myself and putting them together in the neatest way possible.”

 

Mabel Dimma

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