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Here at AskMen, we strive to bring you new and interesting content to help answer any questions you may have from sex and dating to health and fitness and food and booze to of course, style and grooming. In our latest installment of the weekly series AskMen Style Defined, we talk to writer and entrepreneur Igee Okafor about his drive for independence and his quest to inspire other men.

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Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Igee Okafor currently resides in New York City working as a digital content creator who wears many hats. You might not believe it by the exquisite artistic direction of his images, but he actually got his start as a writer with roles in several digital agencies. He later transitioned into photography and blogging about men’s style. 

It was only two years ago during the summer of 2017 when he decided he was going to assume the role of his own boss fulltime. Now, his main project revolves around new venture BOND OFFICIAL, a publication he founded that focuses on connecting voices of male culture and its modern interests.

“I’m having a good time,” Okafor tells us about where his career has taken him — currently to Florence, Italy attending the tailored menswear mecca, Pitti Uomo. “We launched [the site] about three months ago with a very small team … The idea is that there has been this huge spike in the last two years with women coming upfront, supporting each other and telling their stories in every genre that there is [so] we just want men to feel like they have a safe space they can come to, to learn, build and inspire community.”

He was inspired at a young age to work hard — and for himself — by his mother. “I remember I was writing for an outlet … right out of high school, and my mother urged me to not have the mentality of working for other people, especially with something I enjoyed doing so much,” he told us. “With the idea that I didn’t see a lot of representation in the [men’s fashion and lifestyle] space for someone who looked like me, [my mother] essentially forced me to start my own website and gave me a deadline.”

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He moved to New York City for college and later graduated with a marketing degree while also working for multiple publications and digital agencies. Through networking and the curiosity of wanting to explore his talents more in depth, he contributed to fashion-focused social sites such as Bloglovin, Tumblr and Lookbook and finally started his own site IgeeOkafor.com in 2013.

“[My] inspiration comes from … style, music, way of life, culture, language … Everyone I come across and every experience that I have had has impacted my life in some way. I reflect a lot, I think a lot, I can get a little obsessive when I really love something,” he explains about what influences him. “I’m ultimately inspired by my idea of the nobleman I want and hope to become and that is a well rounded individual who is characterized by refined taste, manners and education.”

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This tailored-to-perfection made-to-measure suit is exactly what we would expect to see on the streets of Florence for the Pitti Uomo peacocking display of dapper dressing.

“This was one of the first [suiting] fabrics I selected to design with when I confirmed I was going to attend my first Pitti Uomo this year. The white and beige color scheme seemed summery so I designed it with the Australian made-to-measure brand Institchu,” explains Okafor of his sharp selection shown here. “I chose to highlight all of the things I love in a single breasted suit — patch pockets, notch lapel, and cuffed trousers.”

As for his unexpected silk shirt, he tells us: “It was a gift from BOSS I received sometime last year [and] never saw it fit for anything I was wearing at the time so I kept it hoping I would eventually figure it out. Florence is ridiculously hot, and anything I could do to help the breeze under my suit was going to be the choice. Not only was the shirt super lightweight and silky, it matched the suit.”

He accessorized his statement suit with a favorite pair of loafers from Paul Evans New York, round framed Ray-Bans, a Carl F. Bucherer timepiece and topped it all off, quite literally, with a Toquilla straw hat from Goorin Brothers. “My favorite thing about the entire look is that it really represents how I like to portray my personal style — polished.”

If you are looking for to keep your summer look suited and smooth in sweltering conditions, we suggest starting with a sartorial outfit taking inspiration from Okafor.

Items to shop inspired by Okafor’s look:

Budget:

Pitti Uomo Mens Fashion Style 2019

J.Crew Ludlow Slim Jacket, $248 at JCrew.com
J.Crew Ludlow Slim Trouser, $148 at JCrew.com
Boss Relaxed-Fit Silk Shirt, $148 at HugoBoss.com
Anthony Veer Tassel Loafer, from $109 at Amazon.com
Vincero Chrono S Watch, $169 at Vincero.com
Transer Straw Hat, $4.38 at Amazon.com
Ray-Ban Oval Sunglasses, $168 at Amazon.com

Baller:

Pitti Uomo Mens Fashion Style 2019

Paul Smith Slim Jacket, $1,350 at PaulSmith.com
Paul Smith Slim Trouser, $400 at PaulSmith.com
Canali Cotton-Silk Shirt, $425 at Canali.com
Paul Evans Belgian Loafer, $395 at PaulEvansNY.com
Carl. F Bucherer Manero Watch, $17,600 at Carl-F-Bucherer.com
Goorin Bros Ecuador Straw Hat, $160 at Goorin.com
Garrett Leight Wilson Sunglasses, $365 at GarrettLeight.com

We think this summer suit looks cool as ever in hot weather, but what do you think? What do you want to see? Do you have a look you like? Follow us on Instagram and Twitter and friend us on Facebook to share your best looks or tell us about someone we should check out. Tag us and use the hashtag #AskMenStyleDefined to get our attention. Or email us directly at Editorial@AskMen.com with “AskMen Style Defined” in the subject line. Maybe next week, we’ll pick you!

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