Day in the Life: Amah Ayivi

Meet the entrepreneurial flaneur who has pivoted from casting director, to restaurateur, to vintage clothing importer.

  • Words Sarah Moroz
  • Photography Lasse Fløde

“Wear whatever you want. Style is a way to talk to people.”

“I’m wearing cook’s pants,” Amah Ayivi says, pointing at his slender checkered trousers. Earlier in the morning, they caused some confusion at the bakery where he buys his morning croissant. He laughs at the memory. Whether in partial chef uniform or not, Ayivi attracts attention. Even now, while seated in a Parisian café just down the street from his showroom, three people and a dog greet him warmly within an hour.

Today, paired with his trousers are a slim white T-shirt, a gray-and-white hat and plastic jellies. He has a vast assortment of silver rings on all fingers, including one that declares ART COMES FIRST (from the eponymous brand), several from Morocco and Niger plus a woman’s ring by American jeweler Ginette that lives on his pinky. His style reveals his sense of li...

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