I came across, Adedeji Abidemi, The Style Train on Instagram which I always tell people is a powerful tool that helps bridge gaps and connect people. I was super intrigued by his eccentric Afrofusion and Afrocentric style. From bold print to vintage wear, The Style Train is the perfect representation of the millenial African fashion creative. Here is an interview with him, talking about his love for what he does and his passion as a creative.
F: If you met a random person today, how would you best describe who you are and what you do?
A: I am Adedeji Abidemi Ibrahim most people call me THESTYLETRAIN, i run a Fashion Styling/ Fashion PR/ Fashion Consultancy Firm called STYLEDBYBIE, a personal style blog www.thestyletrain.com, an aspiring chef, also run a vintage store based in Lagos Nigeria @VintageMenNG, a turn-up king and an all round gentleman
F: What inspired you to be part of the creative industry?
A: I could categorically say that the creative industry has all been in me judging from the fact that i grew up as that stylish kid that would love to dress up and show up. Also, the fact that i grew up into a family of very fashion minded parents really helped to shape my interest into fashion.
F: You run a creative instagram page what are some of the things you considered, you considered before setting out to create that page ? Share with us that journey.
A: Basically, the idea behind my instagram page @thestyle_train was a way of expressing my personal style to general public. The journey so far has been very amazing i must say, from having to show the general public my creative level through my personal style to actually making money from my different fashion brands.
F: What tools do you use for your blogging ? (Camera and Editing)
A: I use my Nikon camera and also my iphone 7 plus (it is very important you invest in a functional smartphone), i edit my pictures with Adobe photoshop Lightroom and on my phone i use the iphone edit, facetune, VSco and Aviary to edit to a particular feel i want at a particular time.
F: What is the story you want your images to portray?
A: I like to send a message to people to fashion can be very affordable or expensive; some days i can be spotted wearing shoes from designers like Christian Louboutin, Gucci and the likes some other days you find me wearing locally made shoes that are equally stylish.
F: Share with us your thoughts on the importance of social media as a creative.
A: Social media is as very important as your business or career path, i tell people every now and then bulk of the recognition and income i get is from my social engagement.
F: How long have you been in the industry?
A: Professionally, i started about four years ago.
F: What are some of the highlights and low moments you have faced in your creative career?
A: Everyday i wake up, take pictures and post on my social media platforms and i get positive comments and reactions from people i don’t even know personally i see as highlights and the days when some random person comes up with an opinion about the way I lived my life I can regard as a low moment (I can say I have developed thick skin to such opinions these days).
F: Did you get any professional training to enhance your creative?
A: Absolutely, i took courses online about being a professional fashion stylist also interned with an already practicing Fashion Stylist.
F: How are some of the ways you “stay on top of your game”?
A: I can say i stay on top of my game by doing a lot research because i found out that knowledge is key, almost every information you need can be found on the internet.
F: Share with us one random fact about you.
A: I love cooking to the extent that i actually find myself using cooking as form of therapy; when i am excited i cook, when i am sad i cook, when i am bored i cook.
F: What should we expect to see from you in the near future?
A: I want to spend the near future in imbibing fashion knowledge into the growing generation, also probably open a restaurant in the near future (you heard it here first).
F: What are your thoughts on the African creative space?
A: I feel like there is so much talent here in Africa, the best we can do for each other is to try as much possible to pass on little and tangible information to younger ones aspiring to pursue a career in the creative world.
F: What is your typical day
A: A typical day for me will probably begin at 7am, try to cross check my schedule for the day listening to gospel music, set out for a shoot or a meeting or proceed to my fashion studio to create amazing content for my social media pages or pages that i manage.
F: How do you unwind from a busy day?
A: After a busy day, i will probably cook myself a very nice meal (never too tired to cook something for myself), roll up a nice joint (rated 18), and watch entertainment programs on the TV or catch up with a lot of activities on social media till i fall asleep.
F: Chocolate or Ice cream?
A: I am definitely an ice cream person, maybe we live in regions that are pretty much hot and ice cream is definitely more soothing at times like that.
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