It’s all-out Nigerian style as photographer Noma Osula captures the relaxed masculine-meets-feminine flair of Bloke, with shoes by Maliko.
Bloke is an androgynous Nigerian label founded by Faith Oluwajimi. As creative director, he likes to explore new knitting techniques seasonally. However, aside from his penchant for knitwear, Faith also enjoys creating carefully considered garments. Known to be quirky and artsy, the brand is embraced by a community described as ‘spiritually conscious, art lovers, unconventional with an African identity’. Bloke won the maiden edition of the Emerge ALÁRA Awards 2018 and was a finalist of the Lagos Fashion Week ‘Fashion Focus Africa’ 2018 competition which seeks to uncover new design talent.
Maliko is an artisanal accessory brand based in the energetic city of Lagos, Nigeria. Ebuka Omaliko is the creative director and founder, who’s known for his use of colours and silhouettes when it comes to shoes. Maliko exclusively engages local artisans as a means of encouraging sustainable craftsmanship and ethical practices. The brand was one of the winners of the 2018 Lagos Fashion Week Green Access competition.
PHOTOGRAPHER: NOMA OSULA @NOMA.O
PHOTOGRAPHER’S ASSISTANT: JAMES UKPAI @U.JAMESOFFICIAL
MODELS: BLESSING SOMA @BLESSINGSOMA @FOWLERMODELS AND
TOMORI AANUOLUWAPO @AANUOLUWAPOTOMORI
PRODUCTION: GINA AMAMA FOR GENERATION_X @GNATION_X
COLLAGE AND RETOUCHING: GENERATION_X @GNATION_X
CLOTHING: BLOKE STUDIO ARCHIVE @BLOKE_NG
SHOES: MALIKO SS19 @MALIKOSTUDIOS