Baffour talks style in Ghana versus the U.S, gauging levels of drip, and having your own style
Byron: We’re here with Baffour. Definitely has a dope style. Tell me about what you’re wearing from head to toe.
Baffour: I’m wearing a Guess top that I copped from Pacsun. H&M biker jeans. I’ve been [wearing] them for two years--I still love [them]. On my feet, I’m wearing the Yeezy 350 V2s.
Byron: So be honest. Kanye. How do you feel about him--how do you feel about the shoes?
Baffour: Personally, I love Kanye. I love his music. I love his flow. He knows how to dress. Apart from the politics--it’s kind of a downside, but he has more ups than downs. I love Kanye--I’ll defend him any day.
Byron: I don’t think his political comments are going to affect his legacy at all. It is alarming, but it is what it is.
Baffour: Unless he runs for president.
Byron: Right. How did you develop your style--where did it come from?
Baffour: I was watching so many people--artists, actors. Just looking at different peoples’ style and not necessarily copying them, but trying to make [them] my own. I got interested in a couple of name brands--Yeezy, Guess. I like Comme des Garçon. Prada. I don’t like them [just] because they’re name brand--some of their designs are pretty dope.
Byron: You’re from Ghana too. We were talking before, and you mentioned that Ghanians’ sense of style and the trends they follow are a bit different from the U.S. Do you feel like you have to wear what’s cool and wear what everybody else does?
Baffour: That’s a good point. Kind of. If you’re Instagram famous in Ghana, you’re probably gonna be wearing trendy clothes or fashion brands that are going around to stay [relevant]. That’s kind of how it is. You can have your own style--you don’t necessarily have to wear designer. Be you--be dope.
The skinny jeans concept--a lot of people in Ghana tend to laugh at you if you have baggy jeans. Probably because they’re not used to that. You kind of have to adapt to a style to facilitate their style--their type of dressing. Now, I’m starting to like the baggy jean aspect. Not because I’m back here in America. It’s starting to become a trend everywhere. Even in Ghana as well. People are starting to realize it’s not just skinny jeans that are considered as dope or are considered as drip. It’s what you make of it--what you’re wearing--everything. That’s what is drip is. Not designer or anything like that. It’s how you make what you’re wearing.
Byron: Do you think your style is changing since you’ve been in the States?
Baffour: Slightly. I still have my own style. I don’t try to copy other people. Some of the type of clothes I buy, they don’t have to fully fit me. The shoes--I’ve always liked Yeezys.
Byron: You mentioned before, you don’t completely copy celebrities, but there are some people who you notice and their style influences on you. Who are they?
Baffour: I like Travis Scott a lot. Virgil Abloh. He’s from Ghana. He’s the founder of Off White. Their style--the baggy aspect. How they take their pictures. I’m getting used to that style.
Byron: In terms of your own style, how do you see it growing and changing?
Baffour: I’m gonna start buying things I have really wanted. But after that, then what’s next? I’m pursuing the profession of a doctor. Obviously, the system is going to make me switch up my style a bit. I’d say I’m gonna try and still do me. But when it’s time to dress in a specific way that the system wants me to dress, I’ll do that to fit in not because I want to. Because I have to.