Artist Spotlight: Tai's Wardrobe

What is your name?

I am Taiwo Ayantoye

Tell us a bit about yourself/background

I was born in Lagos, Nigeria; into a family of four and I am the only boy. I enjoy eating, especially pounded yam with efo and goat meat, step it down with palm wine. I came to New York with my siblings to stay with my dad in 2012.

When did you start doing this (art/music/production/design etc.)?

My dad is fashion designer in Brooklyn, so when I was done with high school in 2010 back in Nigeria, he made us learn tailoring. Funny because all my family learnt how to sewing in some aspect of their life. I learnt the basics of Nigerian men's wear in 2012. When I came to NYC I was helping my dad at his store for about two years. I stopped sewing in 2014, gave up sewing due to the stress that comes with it. December 2016, I decided to go back to it. My first ever sewn outfit for a client was a female dress which I taught myself few hours before cutting it out. And that was the birth of Tai's wardrobe

How was the reaction/feedback from those around you (family/friends)?

My friends were very supportive because before I started Tai's Wardrobe; I was helping a friend of mine with his line called spade.

What is your favorite piece and why? 

My favorite piece was my first dress I made because it showed me my strength and that anything can be achieved if I put my mind to it

Who would you like to work with /who inspires you/ which artist do you admire?

 I basically don’t have anyone in mind that I will love to collaborate with. Wizkid inspired me with his originally and ability to stand out amongst others. Same way I want to take Africa clothing worldwide

Future Plans?

Seeing the way the world running after French and Italian cut suits, Korean neck dress, Nike, Versace and all other brands makes me wonder which day will and African clothing line be amongst these top class lines. I strive to be amongst them. I want African clothes to be for the world not just for a certain particular group of people.

What advice do you have for anybody out there who wants to be an artist like you?

Listen to yourself first before you consider the opinion of others because sometimes it's better to try and fail than not to try at all.

Tai's Wardrobe

Instagram: @tais.wardrobe