Tokyo James unveiled its Spring/Summer 2022 collection during Milan Fashion Week.

The collection is titled ‘OSU’ ( ‘The Outcast’) — a group of pariahs among the Igbo people of eastern Nigeria. The Osu are outcasts, individuals shunned by society, banished from communal land and sidelined from all aspects of social interactions with society. The caste system is an ancient practice in Igboland that discourages society from integrating and interacting with such individuals labeled as this.

This season the brands creative director Iniye Tokyo James takes a retrospective look into the world of the outcast, it’s societal impact and the effect it has on ones mental health. To be an Osu is to be different (either by choice or something inherent) and with that difference lies a boldness paved from struggle and a road to discovering ones true self.