Kayobi is an apparel and accessories company created to tell the African story and that of the Diaspora through positive, vibrant and thought provoking imagery. The word ‘Kayobi’ translates from Japanese as ‘Tuesday’, this is in reference to my name Kwabena Oppong Boateng. Kwabena is the Twi name given to a child born on a Tuesday in the Akan Tribes of Ghana, coincidentally ‘Kayobi’ sounded phonetically similar to my initials ‘KOB’. Why a Japanese word? I have always had a love for the Japanese design and art aesthetic ‘kayobi’ therefore was the perfect play on words.
Founded in Accra Ghana on 08/08/08 the collection has evolved from a T- Shirt line to include accessories and art. The brand is based in London and retailed in Japan, Ghana and Belgium.