Nov 13, 2020 | By Hannah Manton
Launching back in July, the WGSN Future Makers programme partners 26 individuals with mentors from WGSN, from design to sales, HR to content, we’ve drawn on our global pool of knowledge to match everyone with the mentor that can help them the most. We’ve been introducing our mentees over the past few weeks. Meet them on the Insider blog.
Today we meet meet Temi, a Brand Manager based in Toronto who has developed a deep understanding of the industry and exhibits out of the box thinking in his career and lifestyle. Temi has a passion for social causes and strives to showcase African artisans and their crafts in the fashion space.
Let’s start with what inspires you, why do you love fashion and design?
Nothing excites me more than thinking of Lagos, Nigeria, my busy hometown, and my source of passion and inspiration. Everything about fashion and lifestyle is reminiscent of the city’s atmosphere. Whether it is indulging in after-work events during the week or our famed weddings and parties on the weekend. Nigeria is a country with over 300 distinct ethnic groups. It is enriched with culture.
What is it that drives you today?
I’m really driven by results. When I have an idea in my head, it lingers until I come up with an execution strategy. At every opportunity, I aspire to broadcast my passion and experience of Afrocentric fashion with the world.
Why did you want to get involved with the Future Makers programme?
I believe under the guidance of a great organisation like WGSN and it’s diverse team, I would be able to deepen my understanding of the fashion industry, it’s intersection with design and creativity, and how to also develop a strategic outlook in the consolidation of business and design objectives that will inspire others.
How do you think fashion can inspire change in the world?
I believe the fashion industry is one of the most undermined industries today. Only if the industry is recognised for its dynamic abilities and influence, will it ever reach its full potential. With the help of fashion, we have been able to analyse and understand our ancestors and the lives they lived. Over time, it has preserved our heritage and lead us to where we are today as the industry continues to play numerous vital roles. As the fashion industry continues to evolve, as seen in its ability to adapt to ever-changing human behaviours, the multibillion-dollar industry continues to be an advocate for social, economic, and political change, as seen in many campaigns. It is clear the fashion industry has always been a tool for change; today it’s a prominent part of our lives.
Temi is mentored by Quentin Humphrey, known to many simply as Q. Q’s work explores rising cultural shifts through a youth lens, decoding the new attitudes and interests of emerging Gen Z and Millennial communities to extrapolate strategies for engagement and community building.
Keep your eyes peeled as we reveal more WGSN Future Makers over the coming weeks, here on WGSN Insider. Can’t wait? Get to know other Future Makers.
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