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STYLE CRUSH: 5 UNIQUE AFRICAN FACES OF MEN’S STYLE

Africa is a big continent with big style, so it should come as no surprise that some of the best in men’s fashion blogging hail from the cultural continent. But let’s face it: There is a lot going on these days in the men’s style landscape. If you’re not up for scouring Instagram and Twitter and any other social media platform to find out the latest way stylish guys are dressing, how do you even know where to look?

Offering unique outlooks on current trends, the men below are a superb reference point for any style-conscious gent. If you’re looking for inspiration from the country’s most knowledgeable influencers, be sure to add their blogs to your daily reads. Tapping into a generation of internet-savvy sartorialists, they continue to inspire and educate their fellow men, regardless of age or location.

So, if you’re looking for a fresh perspective on men’s fashion and style, we recommend you add these gents to your bookmarks, the ones who know how to do it well are worth seeking out.

NO. 1: Lourens Gebhardt

Courtesy: @LouxTheVintageGuru

Meet Lourens Loux Gebhardt: internal auditor by trade, fashion designer by choice, and dapper gentleman for life. Dapper may even be an understatement for the impeccably groomed, fastidiously outfitted Namibian blogger, who goes by Loux. Despite his background in finance, Loux is known as the Vintage Guru in his home city of Windhoek and his Tumblr is quickly giving him an international presence. His masterly-curated photo shoots of him and his friends in 1950s and ’60s garb evokes a refreshing nostalgia mixed with a strong fashion sense. Since he “quit” new clothes two years ago, Loux has only worn vintage (or his own designs), namely a three-piece suit.

NO. 2: Laduma Ngxokolo

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Laduma Ngxokolo is one of Africa’s finest knitwear designer and innovator of the Xhosa (one of the South African dominant ethnic group) inspired knitwear brand Maxhosa By Laduma. Ngxokolo has received numerous achievements and captures the hearts of many fashion lovers and media from South Africa, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Oslo, Berlin and New York. Ngxokolo recently won the 2015 Vogue Italia Scouting for Africa prize to showcase his collections at the Palazzo Morando Show in Milan, Italy. Furthermore, Ngxokolo was awarded the 2014 WeTransfer Scholarship to study masters in Material Futures at the Central St. Martins and graduated in 2016.

NO. 3: Steven Onoja

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A New York-based creative consultant and photographer, Onoja’s style can be described as flamboyant, vintage and cosmopolitan. He is eclectic in his approach to fashion but still maintains the classic man status in an antique yet modern way. This could all be because image means everything to him. Onoja’s love for all things vintage is relative to his style. His Instagram page is a testament and visual representation of this.

NO. 4: Igee Okafor

 

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Born in Nigeria, but educated internationally, Igee Okafor has it all: looks, charisma and brains. Igee, currently based in New York is the Founder and Editor of the lifestyle blog igeeokafor.com from where he sets an example for trendy, multicultural and fashionable men around the world. Igee has collaborated with some of the industry’s most respected tastemakers, including GQ, Todd Snyder, Timex, Netflix, Gap, East Dane, Express, Stella Artois, Stacy Adams, and Daniel Wellington and been interviewed and featured for his personal style on Forbes, The New York Times, Huffington Post Canada, GQ Spain, Fader Magazine, Hypebeast, Fashionista, Pause Magazine, and Topman.

NO. 5: Amah AYIVI

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Amah Ayivi is an entrepreneur, with a project called Marché Noir. It was initially a second-hand clothes boutique but the brand evolved into a perfect place for the dandy, who can let his imagination run wild. He is an inveterate bargain-hunter, and he goes to Africa several times a year to find treasures he could add to his more “western” collection, who keeps growing day after day. His goal is simple: Bring out the best and what’s typically African. Exit the wax print pattern. The continent has other things to highlight. Amah knows where he is going.

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