Tokyo James Osu Spring / Summer 22
Among the Igbo people of eastern Nigeria the Osu are outcasts, the equivalent of being an "untouchable". Individuals shunned by society, banished from communal land, banned from village life and sidelined from all aspect of social interactions with society. The caste system is an ancient practice in Igboland, that discourages society from integrating and interaction from such individuals labeled as this.
For the Tokyo James Spring Summer collection entitled ‘OSU’ ( ‘The Outcast’) our creative director Iniye Tokyo James takes a retrospective look into the world of the outcast, it’s societal impact and the effect it has on ones mental health.
To be an Osu is to be different (either by choice or something inherent) and with that difference lies a boldness paved from struggle and a road to discovering ones true self.
This is a tribute to all outcasts out there. This collection was put together with you solely in mind.