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" A classic man is a distinguished man. He cares about taste and his craft. He's all about the simple model that I live by - eat, drink, be swanky, and have fun getting the job done. He makes sure that he's excellent in all things and that he cares about his neighborhood immensely. "
" A great tailor is like a great personal trainer - they tailor that suit to your natural physique. "
" All across this world, especially within the African diaspora, we feel like there is a constant devaluing of our culture and our livelihood. "
" America is haunted by an apparition steeped in slavery, and I wanted to remind everyone that, 'Yo, we've got to handle this.' "
" Ever since the decision of Robin Thicke and Pharrell, we believe that it was important to make sure that we are safe. When that Robin Thicke verdict came out, we realized that the game had changed in music. "
" I am, always have been, and always will be proud of my Nigerian heritage. "
" I describe myself as a big kid with an old soul, I'm very playful whimsical, but I definitely have that old soul as well. "
" If I'm shopping at the Gap or Old Navy, I'm saying that I'm an ordinary person: I don't want to be seen; I don't want to stand out. That's a statement. If I'm wearing a leather jacket, there's something about me that's kind of a rebel. So everybody says something, whether they want to or not. "
" If we can believe in our own value, then we won't try to denigrate and diss and just roast women all the time. "
" I myself have been scrutinized by militarized police, but I know officers who actually handle themselves in a certain way that makes me feel safe. "
" I think a lot of people try to be someone else, and Young Thug really is who he is. I love his melodies, how he dresses, how he carries himself. "
" I think each artist lives with purpose. A strong sense of purpose. We know who's come before us. "
" I think it's important to not just think about what you want but what's needed in the world. "
" I was raised in Nigeria, and my mother is white, but I never saw her as white, not until I came to America. She was just my mother. She didn't really have a color. "
" I work predominantly with tailors from Nigeria, Ghana, and Senegal. "
" Most of the suits I try to wear are bespoke. "
" My name is Jidenna, which means 'to hold or embrace the father' in Igbo. It was my father who gave me this name and who taught me countless parables, proverbs, and principles that made me the man I am today. "
" Nothing I'm doing is without its predecessors. "
" People thought 'Classic Man' was processed. But then they realized, 'Oh, this guy actually is that man, and he actually dresses like that.' "
" Swanky means classy and funky. "
" The affinity towards suits was a functional thing for me early on because I was thrifting at secondhand shops, and it was also initially a way of grieving - my father had passed, and he used to wear suits all the time. "
" There are always pluses and minus to commercialization. It broadcasts something to the masses. So that's the plus. The minus is it may lose some of its meaning if you dilute it. "
" When hip-hop came along, men and women started dressing down as a form of rebellion. "
" When I brought home a 98 percent on a test, my father would say, 'Ah, ah, where are the other two points? Go and get them, then bring them back.' My father and Nigerian culture has always stood for excellence. "
" While the majority of my childhood memories are beautiful, I also have experienced the challenges that Nigeria has faced since independence. "
" You love who you love. I happen to just love a lot of women. "
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