One of a Kind


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For a guy who sings about hav­ing too much clothes in his closet that he needs to put it in his aunt’s house (“Pass Out”), Tinie Tem­pah (born Pa­trick Chuk­wue­meka Okogwu) sure doesn’t mind the over­flow. Pri­mar­ily known for songs like “Writ­ten in the Stars” or “Girls Like,” the Bri­tish singer has re­leased three stu­dio al­bums so far. His de­but al­bum “Dis­cOv­ery” has been cer­ti­fied dou­ble-plat­inum in the U.K., and is fol­lowed by “Demon­stra­tion” in 2013 and “Youth,” which was re­leased last April.

Any­one who’s fa­mil­iar with his mu­sic or has seen his mu­sic videos knows that he’s got style. In­deed, Tinie Tem­pah is pop­u­lar for us­ing sharp-tai­lored suits while mix­ing in lively col­ors and vi­brant pat­terns to­gether. He is also known for his love of denim jack­ets and heritage watches.

What is less com­monly known about Tinie Tem­pah is that, un­like many of his peers, he rarely re­lies on a stylist to put to­gether his out­fits. So, we’re talk­ing about a guy who gen­uinely en­joys clothes and fash­ion. A guy who sits side by side with top mod­els like Oliver Cheshire and David Gandy dur­ing Lon­don Fash­ion Week. A guy who col­lab­o­rated with Dolce & Gab­bana to de­sign an ex­clu­sive cus­tom denim jacket for his tour.

But don’t let this fool you into think­ing that he is just an­other stylish mu­si­cian with an eye for fash­ion. As a mat­ter of fact, he has men­tioned that he doesn’t want to build a rep­u­ta­tion sim­ply for wear­ing other peo­ple’s clothes. He wants to make a name for him­self in the fash­ion in­dus­try and set him­self apart from other de­sign­ers. To that end, he has es­tab­lished his own menswear line called What We Wear last Jan­uary, just in time for Lon­don Col­lec­tions: Men Fall/Win­ter 2017.

So hav­ing es­tab­lished a name in mu­sic and, now, in fash­ion, Tinie Tem­pah has be­come an in­spi­ra­tion for as­pir­ing artists ev­ery­where. Which fur­ther proves that originality and a strong iden­tity is es­sen­tial in or­der to be no­ticed.

peo­ple shouldn't cor­re­late style with cost

Top Tinie Tem­pah pre­sent­ing his own menswear line, What We Wear, at LC:M SS’ 18 Right Wear­ing a Gucci trench coat while pro­mot­ing his lat­est al­bum, Youth

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