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Halifax style icon: Ten Handahu 

Fashion advice from a runway-ready blogger.

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Ten Handahu, half of the brother-sister duo behind the fashion blog Lion Hunter, wasn't always into clothes. But as he began blogging with his sister (the inimitable Mo Handahu), he learned that style can be a powerful tool. Here, he gives his thoughts on all things fashion, from spring trends to the connection between clothes and sense of self.

Who he is
Born in Zimbabwe and now based in Halifax, Handahu is fascinated by culture and personal identity, particularly how they manifest in fashion. Expressing his own take on such themes inspires his wardrobe and blog posts.

His fashion philosophy
"You have to romanticize who you are and show that joy and understanding," he says. For Handahu, that means mixing traditional African-style pieces and trendy items from stores like H&M. A childhood surrounded by teachers forbidding him to speak his mother tongue left a young Handahu uncomfortable in his skin. For him, finding self-acceptance has been a journey. "All that chipped at my ego. It has devastating effects. You start trying to escape," he says. By "re-educating" himself about history and his culture, Handahu found a clearer sense of self, and began dressing the part—literally.

His style advice
"Just go with what you feel and the good things happen there," he says. He encourages fashion-conscious men to grow this instinct, explaining it leads to better outfits and a better sense of self.

His favourite spring trends
For spring, Handahu's loving floral shirts, chino pants and loafers, but adds that trends should be second to self-expression.

Get daily inspiration at @brotherhunter and lion-hunter.com

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