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Thursday, September 18, 2008

On the Street.....All Over Print, NYC

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Blogger djaniquinn said ... (8:43 AM) : 

Love this. I could never wear this but I think this style of print looks cool, especially with the hat, beard and sunglasses.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:55 AM) : 

he's got great style. print all over to much for me. love the hat and glasses and would put some faded army cargos w/ it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:58 AM) : 

ah, spike lee as a butterfly collector?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:20 AM) : 

It's not for everyone, but certainly a look that works for him.


Blogger Jorge from W Palm Beach said ... (9:27 AM) : 

I am dying to hear what people are going to say about this one...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:45 AM) : 

Ignoring the print for a minute (a tall order!), I'd like to talk glasses. Who sells the best glasses in NYC? I've been in love with all the Paris girls you shot last year in their big tortoiseshell frames and this guy's great shades are reminding me a little of that. It's clear you don't need specs yet, Mr Schuman, or I know you'd be obsessing over them as much as the other great accessories you find!


Blogger PAINted bird said ... (9:46 AM) : 

I'll be curious to see how the same attire would look like on a white man.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:59 AM) : 




Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:07 AM) : 

love the color on him . although usually the all over print would be a no-no for me, i thikn he manages. what is this? batik print? i wonder if it is an updated batik or traditional..nice glasses and straw fedora and beard. geez. it all just works!


Blogger PhilM said ... (10:08 AM) : 

yes, the return of the 1970s leisure suit!!! (no irony intended, i think it's really cool)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:27 AM) : 

I met him once in SoHo over the summer. Poor guy must get Spike Lee comparisons every day. Told me he got his hat at Makins.


Blogger Jovon Higgins said ... (10:32 AM) : 

This look is very interesting and bold!


Blogger Milt-fresh_best-dressed said ... (10:32 AM) : 

Homeboy is killin this . Love the way it fits. A of people hate on all over print outfits(really the hoodies). But this outfit has an old school cool vibe.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:35 AM) : 

Hell yea!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:40 AM) : 

this print reminds me of a skirt given to me by a friend in mali, west africa. the patterns and colors are just so much more vibrant there.

you'd be surprised how well they mix with more understated details!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:09 AM) : 

African style!


Blogger junglesiren said ... (11:29 AM) : 

Yeah, he's got a Spike Lee kind of face. This guy's better looking IMO, actually quite handsome.

I like his hat, love his glasses and don't mind his ratty beard. I think his accessories as a whole go well with the, uhr, outfit (please tell me it's not a leisure suit).

I'm not a fan of head-to-toe print on anyone. At least this is cut well. Usually these shirts are ginormous.

If this were Africa, India or the Caribbean I'd like it a lot better but because the brotha looks Ethiopian the outfit seems to go with him.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:33 AM) : 



Blogger Unknown said ... (12:00 PM) : 

he looks magnificent!


Blogger Landis said ... (12:18 PM) : 

i don't like it.

but he works it.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:42 PM) : 

FYI, he's the style editor of a great music magazine, the fader.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:58 PM) : 

The print is called Batik.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:07 PM) : 

Sick - the fact he made such a heavy print look so delicate, definateley deserves


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:00 PM) : 



Blogger Gypmar said ... (2:14 PM) : 

Love the print, love the colors. Happy outfit.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:19 PM) : 

Mobolaji is always fly. He designs those suits.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:33 PM) : 

This look makes me dizzy.


Blogger Pret a Porter P said ... (2:48 PM) : 

100% authentic style. Amazing


Blogger ellastica said ... (3:05 PM) : 

wow. one of your most interesting subjects in a while.
the fit on that retro get-up is incredible.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:18 PM) : 

the way the pants and shirt are the same material is a bit too much. maybe if he went with like a solid navy pair of pants it would be much better. but thats just my opinion.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:59 PM) : 

WOOOOOOOOORK!!!!!...a great western urban way to wear an eastern/african print...where can I place my order?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:21 PM) : 

Super Fly 1972!


Blogger John B Pritchett said ... (5:43 PM) : 

Bravo! I admire his intrepid spirit...


Blogger Unknown said ... (5:54 PM) : 

Is he the same guy who made the conversion from nice guy to bad-ass a while back?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:51 PM) : 

This isn't batik, it's african wax prints (ironically usually made in Holland)
I think they look fabulous, look !!!


Blogger + said ... (6:58 PM) : 

i'm really feeling this look. he is wearing it well.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:04 PM) : 

Looks like it could be a Lilly print.


Blogger southerngentinL.A. said ... (8:10 PM) : 

This brother needs his own theme music!!! Handle your business my man!!!


Blogger Dare said ... (8:41 PM) : 

Mobolaji Dawodu. I love how he uses African Print. Alot of Africans fail with it and I would know cos I am one.

but he is a G with it.


Blogger Rich said ... (9:54 PM) : 

Love the bracelets. Interesting that the hat is really a bit too big.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:00 PM) : 

What I love is that this is so well-fitted. That's what makes it look so sharp-- completely tailored look, only the print is "wild" and therefore it becomes beautifully abstract instead of a gimmick. Handsome man (sorry Spike, you're nothing like this fellow).


Blogger indigo warrior said ... (10:22 PM) : 

It take a certain something to pull that off and he has it!

Someone said the fabric was batik, but it doesn't look like batik to me. If the pattern were a little clearer, I'd almost say it was an Asian print. Most batiks end up a bit more muted from the resist process involved.


Blogger Unknown said ... (10:25 PM) : 

He rocks it!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:31 PM) : 

love it. dude is bold.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:15 PM) : 

mobolaji... may just be the best dressed brotha i know... here is style that's effortlessly chill and not contrived.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:31 PM) : 

Mobalaji!!! You Stay Fly.

- Parlour Loves You Babe!


Blogger Michael Joseph Owens said ... (11:46 PM) : 

This guy looks awesome. The hat makes the entire outfit sing. Excellent look, Mr. Print Man.


Blogger Michael Joseph Owens said ... (11:48 PM) : 

I just enlarged the file. Wow. What's he thinking about, I wonder. What a lovely expression in his eyes. And his accessories—the bracelets—are very, very nice.


Blogger Lady Holiday said ... (12:07 AM) : 

The fabric is a West African wax printed cotton. Women in my neighborhood (west Harlem) wear gorgeous handmade dresses and headwraps made of this type of fabric, which imitates but is not batik. I've actually been on the lookout for a local source so I can make my own... It's good to know that me and Sart are on a similar wavelength! I think its just a matter of time before wax print fabric becomes huge.


Blogger Giuseppe said ... (12:52 AM) : 

In the future, when my only responsibility is smoking fine cigars in the Carribean, I hope to own this exact outfit in every color.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:53 AM) : 

This dude looks great and is secure in his cool. I think he looks more like Marvin Gaye in his later days. Marvelous, Marvin!


Blogger muir mackean said ... (7:14 AM) : 

Anonymous - the shades are Ray-Ban WO366, originally from (I think) the 70s, but you can still buy them. I have a pair that have hung around since then, and from the number of people seen wearing them on this blog, they must be reversing back into fashion.


Blogger n'dada vaz said ... (9:28 AM) : 

Mobolaji gets 10 propellers!

Africa Stylie Lives!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:09 AM) : 

Mobolaji has amazing style. He reminds me of an old Freedom Rider from the 60s. And he turns out amazing mens shoots for The Fader, every time!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:48 AM) : 

Beautiful African print, and appropriate accessories to complement it. Wonderful.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:06 PM) : 

love the head to toe print. africa represent!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:59 PM) : 

muir mackean, I have vintage pair of this frame, but an eyeglass expert called them B-51s...and much older than the 70s.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:03 PM) : 

@ Indigo Warrir: Batik is an Asian technique ... ;-)

@Lady Holiday: see [url][/url]
You can order these fabrics online.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:26 PM) : 

I LOVE this. This is what I mean when fashion evokes emotions. It reminds me of the 70's, dashikis, Berkeley and San Francisco, of seeing Maya Angelou up on stage reciting a poem, of listening to Ladysmith Black Mambazo, of being on vacation ...of many things, all good and all happy.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:21 PM) : 

Mobolaji makes marvelous women's dresses in some equally great prints so to Lady Holiday's comment--the search is over! You should check out his spring 09 lookbook.


Blogger Escape Artist said ... (7:38 PM) : 

Mobalaji is a "Maverick" who is not only a brilliant stylist (Fader, etc.) , designer (his own line), co-book creator (The African Game), and probably future style veejay for all things fashionable on the continent, but he's hella cool too:)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:18 AM) : 

Thanks muir and anonymous for the rayban tips. Now what about eyeglasses? Maybe I'll have to wait until someone spectacular shows up wearing proper glasses to broach the topic again, but where oh where can a person find the best specs in Manhattan or Brooklyn?


Blogger muir mackean said ... (4:31 PM) : 

Hi Anonymous - re. the Ray-Bans, Google WO366 and you will find them. Good luck !


Blogger onegiantpanda said ... (7:21 PM) : 

To the anonymous poster who wanted a good NYC place for spectacles/glasses - try Moscot ( You can't go wrong.


Blogger Wrinkled Linen said ... (3:28 PM) : 

There are seven men in the world who could pull that look off, and he's one of them. The rest of us should choose wisely. :-)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:50 PM) : 

I love him! :D


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:49 PM) : 

batik is indonesian, folks.


Blogger darklight said ... (3:12 AM) : 

interesting ... there's a mixture of javasese batik art in it called Parang print with something retro.
fun print =D


Blogger matt williams said ... (3:54 PM) : 

I love that hedared to wear something with such a lively print. Is that a gold bangle on his arm? I bet he had on sandles too, he probably has the coolest walk to go with his outfit.This outfit could easily taken a femine tone but someting about this guy just radiates 100% manly man.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:52 AM) : 

This is straight out of the west African 'Ankara' Saffari suit play book....

Nice to see man !!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:58 PM) : 

The Ray Ban club masters take this look to another level.


Blogger This Girl loves to Talk said ... (3:27 AM) : 

he pulls this off.. but I doubt many people could.. he looks cool


Blogger JPool said ... (3:05 PM) : 

As others have noted, this is West African style that he's modified. The all over print is call an "up and down", and it is still often done with tie and die, linen and local batiks, but less common for men these days in wax prints. West African cuts are usually looser (to help keep cool) and would normally use a round neck with an up and down. The tighter tailoring and collared shirt, not to mention the way the colors suit his skin tone, make this a great cosmopolitan creation.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:08 PM) : 

on paper, this should not work, but it does admirably. the hat and, probably, the glasses are necessary.


Blogger my_mind_on_the_web said ... (3:39 AM) : 

Small world! I met this guy, Moe, Today in Kuala Lumpur...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:42 PM) : 

well, well, well, if it isn't Mobolaji. a bit more colorful than I'm used to seeing him, but its the only person i know that could get away with this...nice job.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:24 AM) : 

hey! Mobolaji!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:10 PM) : 

The hat and shades create a grat effect. As does the shirt. I could do without the matching pants, but hey, that's me.


Blogger robot said ... (2:55 PM) : 

how would this look with a suit jacket... I keep toying with the idea of matching shirt / pants combo then a jacket contrast.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:37 PM) : 

He's always had great style! He is not afraid of an all over print. He wore a black and white checkered suit to my wedding!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:47 PM) : 

I'm impressed and happy seeing this outfit. How strong and individual and beautiful...I wanna see him walk. Appreciated jpool's explanations of the print and style and how it was modified from its origins. I'm also admiring the pockets...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:50 PM) : 

reminds me of the capulanas i saw everywhere in mozambique!


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