Soji Solarin was born in Nigeria, and moved to the U.S. in his early teens. These experiences offered him the understanding of the differing iterations of blackness in both the contexts of Africa and America; which feeds into the designer's work. Solarin graduated with a BA in Menswear design from the Academy of Art University. Prior to that, He completed a degree in Womenswear at the Fashion Institute of design and Merchandising.
Having experienced a number of contexts, Solarin’s work speaks to the malleability of black being. Not as statement; as fact. Facts we see printed playfully on some of his T-shirts.
Soji Solarin queries that which is often overlooked. Asking significant questions such as:
Who are we ignoring and what are we assuming? Which categories have been denied their blackness, and how do we unearth them?