Photo Credit: Dean Chalkley

If you peeped the awesome Return of The Rude Boy exhibition then you will have seen this adorable face before, alongside menswear demigods such as Jason Jules, Sam Lambert & Shaka Maidoh of Art Comes First.

I can’t remember how I stumbled across Ayishat but I do remember thinking “this chick is cool as fuuuuu”. I ended up reaching out to Ayishat for work and gifted her some jeans. If you peep her instagram, you’ll notice that her style is typically utilitarian – much like my own. Lots of denim, duck canvas and other such workwear dreaminess. Being that she ticked all boxes, Ayishat fully qualifies for a feature on #TombabeTuesday ❤


Name: Ayishat Akanbi

Age: 26

Home Town: Southampton

What do you do?

Anything that I find fun or mentally fulfilling. To pay my bills I style people. To satisfy my mind I write and read religiously. I think the word “Creative” has taken on a douchy dimension I’m not comfortable with. But I’d consider myself a visual artist. My aim is to only be paid for things I would have been happy enough to do for free at one stage.

How did you get into styling?

I met Labrinth before he was famous. He was after a stylist and I pitched him my ideas, I wanted to dress him differently to other artists. I was interested in the psychology of attire, and how clothing can radically change peoples perceptions of you.

How would you describe your personal style?

I don’t think I have “a style” I have themes. My themes are never the traditional image of femininty, I like to appear unisex at all times. Essentially I always want to have the freedom to wear whatever I like and it not seem out of character, I dress for the many different women who live inside of me.

How has your environment influenced your style?

Living in London, you’re are spoilt for culture, from music, fashion and art. Living in an environment that barely flutters an eyelid at what others perceive to be eccentric has created a comfortable space for me to express myself honestly.

What has been your favourite project to date?

I think it’s yet to come.

What do you do in your spare time?

I’m not sure if I have social anxiety or if I’m terrified of small talk due to this I spend a lot of time on my own. I really like to read, I’m fascinated by human beings and existentialism. I’m pretty much obsessed with anything society calls taboo. I find writing theraputic, it’s a secret dream of mine that isn’t so secret anymore to become a writer one day.

Top 5 favourite place to shop:

Other (Boutique behind Carnarby Street)


YMC or anything YMC-esque


Topman (Basics)

What songs to you have on rotation atm?

Honne- Baby Please

King Krule- The Noose Of Jah City

Alexi Murdoch- A Song for You

Groove Theory- Tell Me

Otis Redding- For Your Precious Love

Your tweets are always thought provoking. Any advice for the youngin’s?

Letting go of what other people think is freedom, letting go of what you think of yourself is euphoria.

You can keep up with Ayishat on Instagram, Twitter & Tumblr

***Images provided by Ayishat Akanbi***


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