Papa Oyeyemi is a Nigeria-based Androgynous fashion designer and creative head of the Maxivive Group of Fashion Brands. He started his career in fashion as a 15-year-old designer who doubled then as an editor to ”UTOPIA”, a high school publication. At 21, he became the Editor-in-Chief of Rough Africa, a sister publication to Rough UK, Rough Newyork, and Rough Italia, all under the Rough Global Parent company.
Papa soon moved on to become the Deputy editor of MADE magazine, a menswear and lifestyle giant publication in Nigeria. While editing the MADE magazine, he badged his First degree in child and Family Psychology, started the first ever Psycho-entertainment tweet show (Late Night With Papa), Papa’s Daily, a daily stress reduction and life support program via social media.
With a full vision ahead, Papa left MADE magazine to fully focus on his Brand, MAXIVIVE, this decision saw massive increase in the success of his own brand and also help expand the brand with creations of two other brands; MXVV, a sport luxe extension of Maxivive and BODUN, a limited edition subsidized high-street fashion brand. Not to mention, several features in international publications and long-term exhibitions of his creations in Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton, Uk and a current one running into the beginning of 2019 in TropenMuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Papa Oyeyemi’s creations are regarded as boundary-pushing, groundbreaking and very original, with acknowledgment status credit from Vogue Magazine for scrapping the Western notion of seasons (Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter) and taking after the seasons on the Western Africa Subcontinent (Dry, Wet and Harmattan).
Papa features on our Fashion Dazzler series this week.
NSPK: Is there any experience from your childhood that set you up for a career in Fashion & Style?
Papa: Moving to Abuja at the age of 11 to school and live with my cousin who is a big American Fashion and lifestyle enthusiast.
NSPK: Tell us about your first professional encounter in the fashion industry (did you like it)?
Papa: Terrific, not in a good way. lol
NSPK: What’s your typical day like as a fashion creative/entrepreneur?
Papa: Wake up, go to the studio, attend meetings, crosscheck designs and/or design more of existing pieces, close and head to the gym.
NSPK: What do you hope to communicate when you assemble pieces for your daily looks? Is there any message behind it?
Papa: Me, being me and that’s all.
NSPK: Tell us about the most common remark(s) you get about your personal style?
NSPK: How do you rekindle your passion for your work when you are feeling unmotivated?
Papa: Stare into a white ceiling in a white room, preferably empty ceiling and room.
NSPK: If you could change one thing right now about your industry what would it be?
Papa: How we approach sustainability and innovation.
NSPK: What work/project in your career thus far are you most proud of?
Papa: Creating a template for the sub-Saharan weather fashion calendar ( Wet, Dry and Harmattan)
1. Twitter or IG? – IG
2. Notepad or eWriter? – Notepad
3. Coffee or Tea? – Tea
4. Read a book or Listen to podcast? – Read a book
5. Comfort or Fashionable? – Comfort
6. Current song on replay? – A Freak A – Shola Devon
7. Favourite TV show of all time? – Non
8. Idea for a perfect date? – No perfect date
9. Favourite perfume/makeup brand? – Non
10. If you had to wear one fashion brand for the rest of your life, who? Maxivive
Please feel free to source all personal style images from Papa’s Instagram @papaoyeyemi