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Baba Jagne Has Dressed Everyone from Kendrick Lamar to Beyoncé with Afro-Futuristic Designs

Kelly Phillips Badal | September 30, 2019 | Style & Beauty

Asymmetry and contrast zippers feature in Jagne’s Sabari moto jacket, $1,795, and Derr lambskin leather pants, $1,400.

“I was born into fashion,” declares Baba Jagne, the designer behind the just-launched DTLA-based men’s fashion line Jagne (pronounced “jaan”), which he describes as “Afro-futuristic.” Jagne spent his childhood in Gambia, the rising star in a family of expert tailors and designers, honing his own skills first by handmaking his school uniforms and eventually apprenticing and becoming head tailor at a family member’s high-end atelier. Nearly 20 years ago, he became an Angeleno, relocating to the States specifically to pursue fashion. Since then, he’s been the guy to know behind the scenes, designing and even manufacturing clothing that has found its way onto the backs of Kendrick Lamar and Kevin Hart; doing custom work for athletes and entertainers (Lorde and Beyoncé among them); and offering tailoring and alterations at shoots, movie sets, award shows and more. Hybrid, his first collection for Jagne, is a step into the limelight himself. “I called it ‘Hybrid’ because I used some African design and cuts and modernized them,” explains Jagne of the striking collection, which plays with asymmetrical lines and deliberately askew seams. “It’s a collection of experiences from my travels, my culture and being in the States. I feel like I have this dual personality, as these two different sides of the world made me complete.” The look fits right into L.A., Jagne goes on to say. “There are so many people; there’s so much inspiration here, and Angelenos are so expressive. Even those who dress down have that swagger.” From $500

Photography by: Viktorija Pashuta/Jagne