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Meet the Ghanaian accessories designer bringing authentic Adinkra symbols to the boardroom

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Wallstreet analyst Agyeman Senkyire has always been known as the stylish man in the room receiving compliments daily for his uncanny knack for matching his suits and funk suits.

After one of such encounters, Agyeman, whose name means one who saves a nation, and has a royal heritage in his land of birth, Ghana, decided to turn the many compliments into a cultural conversation when he launched Adinkra Republic.

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“All I always said was thank you when I was complimented on my socks and most of the time, people will ask what are those stuff on the socks, and I will not have much to say,” the accessories designer recalls.

In 2018, Adinkra Republic was launched as a luxury menswear brand that produces socks and other accessories inspired by the heritage-rich Adinkra symbols to start the cultural movement.

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“One day, after I was complimented, I was reminded that I needed more than just a thank you. I wanted a conversation starter, something that inspires people to wear and boost confidence,” he tells Face2Face Africa.

Traditional Adinkra cloths which are decorated with symbols and aphorism were first invented in 1817 by Akan artisans from West Africa for royalty and spiritual leaders wore them during funerals and very special events. These symbols were used to express various themes that relate to the history, beliefs and philosophy of the Asante.

Meet the Ghanaian accessories designer bringing authentic Adinkra symbols to the boardroom

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AGYEMANG SENKYIRE1.pngAgyeman Senkyire is Wallstreet analyst

Fri, 26 Feb 2021Source: face2faceafrica.com

Wallstreet analyst Agyeman Senkyire has always been known as the stylish man in the room receiving compliments daily for his uncanny knack for matching his suits and funk suits.

After one of such encounters, Agyeman, whose name means one who saves a nation, and has a royal heritage in his land of birth, Ghana, decided to turn the many compliments into a cultural conversation when he launched Adinkra Republic.

“All I always said was thank you when I was complimented on my socks and most of the time, people will ask what are those stuff on the socks, and I will not have much to say,” the accessories designer recalls.

In 2018, Adinkra Republic was launched as a luxury menswear brand that produces socks and other accessories inspired by the heritage-rich Adinkra symbols to start the cultural movement.

“One day, after I was complimented, I was reminded that I needed more than just a thank you. I wanted a conversation starter, something that inspires people to wear and boost confidence,” he tells Face2Face Africa.

Traditional Adinkra cloths which are decorated with symbols and aphorism were first invented in 1817 by Akan artisans from West Africa for royalty and spiritual leaders wore them during funerals and very special events. These symbols were used to express various themes that relate to the history, beliefs and philosophy of the Asante.

They mostly have rich proverbial meaning since proverbs play an important role in the Asante culture. The use of proverbs is considered a mark of wisdom.

Agyeman, who was a participant in a ‘Shop Local’ event at New York Fashion Week, says his maternal grandmother educated him on the meaning of 200+ symbols which inspired his socks line.

“She told me that these symbols were royal and that they have deep wisdom and great inspiration behind the meanings, in other words, they all have their own story,” explains Agyeman.

Adinkra Republic boasts of a socks line consisting of 77 designs, men’s accessories and a new bag collection which is decorated with symbols for both corporate men and the man of style.

“From formal office wear to quirky casual wear, a gentleman can get a suitable array of adinkra design socks that combine quality, colour and taste as you walk as a true royal,” a statement on their website reads.

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