This Is Personal
I was born a first-generation American.
Growing up I would wear shirts like this, often, as you can see in this photo of me and much cuter cousins (I'm on the left). In the photo on the right, I'm wearing the green shirt my mom got made for me in my early twenties.
Wearing something that showed where I was from made me feel special. The problem is that for many people like me, that experience isn't available.
Whenever my mom traveled back to her native Nigeria, she would return with rolls of Ankara: A boldly colored and patterned fabric used throughout Nigeria.
We would then go find the perfect tailor in the city to make shirts that were not only of superior quality and comfort, but also connected me to my heritage.
What my mom did wasn't easy; it took a lot of time and money. And she had to do that because clothing brands weren't doing it for her.
Today DIOP uses the very same Ankara she did back then, so our apparel will always reflect my experience living in the space between that heritage and my life as a first-generation American.
But I hope that when you wear our shirts and bandanas, you simply feel connected to the truest sense of who you are — whoever that may be.
Co-Founder of DIOP