Walé Oyéjidé, Esq.
designer + creative director + Writer.
Walé Oyéjidé, Esq. is a designer, writer, filmmaker, musician and lawyer that combats bias with creative storytelling. As the founder of Ikiré Jones, he employs fashion design as a vehicle to celebrate the perspectives of marginalized populations.
In addition to his role as the brand's creative director, Walé Oyéjidé designs Ikiré Jones's textiles/accessories and serves as the company's writer.
Mr. Oyéjidé is a TED Fellow and he gave a TED Talk at TED Global 2017 in Tanzania. He is an Open Society Foundations Moving Walls Fellow. He is also a National Geographic Explorer. His apparel design can be seen in the Marvel Studios film "Black Panther."
Further, Mr. Oyéjidé's design work was part of the "Making Africa" contemporary design exhibit, which was at the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, the Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain, the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, and the HIGH Museum of Art in Atlanta. He was also featured in the "Creative Africa" exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. His work exhibited at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Fowler Museum, UCLA. He has lectured about his work in Brazil, Ecuador, France, Tanzania, and the United Kingdom. His designs also appeared as part of the "Generation Africa" fashion show at Pitti Uomo 89 in Florence, Italy.
Mr. Oyéjidé is one of the co-writers of the anthology, “The Good Immigrant” (Little, Brown and Company, 2019). His other writings include freelance creative copywriting. He is a public speaker, and a recording artist/producer that has collaborated with J-Dilla and MF Doom, among others. And for what it's worth, Esquire Magazine noted Mr. Oyéjidé as one of the best dressed men in the United States of America.
head tailor + Designer
Sam Hubler individually attends to each of the garments that Ikiré Jones produces.
He is an acclaimed tailor with extensive training in pattern drafting and garment construction.