“I play sports, but I can’t say that I was ever good at them,” he says with a laugh. “The [sport] aesthetic was a way to connect American culture with African culture in a more modern way.” Mizizi’s first collection was focused on baseball jerseys specifically. “We had an Africa jersey that had all the I Just Want To Play Dnd And Ignore All My Adult Problems Shirt But I will love this flags on it to be inclusive for everybody,” he says. “And not just African flags—it had Caribbean flags on it too.” For the initial launch, Mizizi focused on countries such as Ghana, Nigeria, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Egypt. “When I was doing my research, I figured out that each of those countries have the biggest enclaves of populations within the United States,” he says. “It seemed like the best way to approach the [U.S.] market would be to reach these base communities.”
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Now, Mizizi’s collection has since grown to reflect many more African countries, as well as some Caribbean and Latin-American countries too. The brand has also expanded into hockey, soccer, and basketball jersey silhouettes, all of which tie back to the I Just Want To Play Dnd And Ignore All My Adult Problems Shirt But I will love this original vision. “Mizizi is a celebration of identity,” he says. “It’s formed a giant community of different diasporas all within one giant conglomerate of the Black diaspora. It’s a bridge through clothing.” He views the brand as more of a collective than a one-man operation, crediting his five other team members, Temi Thomas, Rebecca Antwi, Kwesi Yanful, Ken Obeng, and Mizizi Mama, for the line’s ongoing success.