Harmattan 20/21, a White White Maxivive White collection is inspired by a personal story of Papa Oyeyemi, the creative director of Maxivive. Characterized by his mid-adolescence Junior secondary school adventures, acting as the foundation for the collection, the title was gained from the definition of his wayward style within the structure of the schooling system.
Freedom is often looked upon fearfully by those who are not free. It is looked on with suspicion by those who are still a slave to their own mind, a slave to their fear, a slave to their cultural conditioning, a slave to their weakness.
Lost in yesterday holds in itself, self-evident truth that all men are created equal and they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness and it is within each’ duty, to provide for their individual future security.
On multiple counts a Trade is an outsider: in matters of sexuality; in terms of geographical and cultural dislocation; and in the sense of having to become the sort of respectable grown-up the society might have hoped for.
But a Trade’s Identity has been constructed from his own sense of otherness, whether cultural or sexual. The two aspects are not separate.