There is inspiration everywhere. Knowing what inspires you helps you understand yourself and helps others understand you.
There is inspiration everywhere. Knowing what inspires you helps you understand yourself and in the creative field especially, helps others understand you.
When asked what inspires me, I usually say art but the truth is I am inspired by the artists and how their personalities informed or influenced their art. Picasso’s jealousy, Michael Jackson’s yearn for perfection, Pink Floyds’s distaste for publicity, Nina Simone’s fearlessness, and Jean-Paul Gautier’s cheekiness have helped shape and produce extraordinary work that we know and love.
I find the back stories much more interesting as I can connect to the human behind the masterpiece. I am a bit of a nomad and I am most fascinated by cultural influences. Perhaps this is why Picasso is my favourite.
U.Mi-1 incorporates elements from the three countries I call home. It is a mix of Nigerian style, traditional British tailoring and Japanese minimalism. It embodies cultural inclusiveness and possesses enduring value. It has its unique style. There’s confidence in our stride but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. What embodies you? What inspires you?