Kansas born and New York raised, I was blessed to spend my formative years in one of the most amazing cities for an artistic spirit. I started ”designing” at the age of 5 when my grandmother taught me on her old Singer. In elementary school, I would literally cut up the clothes my mother bought me and create a completely new outfit for me and my doll. A few years later, I was fortunate that my mother decided to move our family to NY, Sugar Hill to be exact. It was in that town that I found where I belonged and who I was to my soul… A creative.
I attended the High School of Fashion Industries, where I thrived academically and personally. I would ride the one train from my Washington Heights home on 157 St every day to 24th in Chelsea. I was fully immersed in the world of fashion. I even worked at “The” Barney’s New York where are first met Oprah, the next time will be when one of my products makes it to her “favorite things list”. I would spend all of my free time creating outfits for myself and my girlfriends in the neighborhood. My first taste of creating baby clothing was when I made African inspired outfits and sold them at festivals in Harlem.
After graduation, I went to college and worked towards a “real career” (not my words) receiving a BS in Counseling and MS in HR and Business. While in college, I made extra money sewing. I made wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, party dresses, you name it I made it.
When I moved to Dallas, I participated in fashion shows and focused on creating custom women’s fashions. It wasn’t until I found that I was losing passion for what I once loved and it was becoming more of a chore. I began creating custom gifts to give at baby showers and this quickly turned into what is now Trubaby. Passion renewed!
Daniel Mofor is the founder of Don Morhpy, a Dallas-based menswear brand that was founded in 2014.
The Cameroonian native searches the world over for bold new fashion trends. He was nominated by Fashion Group International of Dallas as a “Rising Star” and in 2019 the group awarded him the Award of Excellence.
What I Do: “I am the founder and lead designer at Don Morphy, an award-winning, custom menswear brand based in Dallas.”
Style Icon: “My style icon is Tom Ford. He is innovative, a visionary—all the while being classic and unapologetically bold with his designs.”
On The Job: “At Don Morphy, we love colors and bold prints and patterns. So as a designer for Don Morphy, and knowing that I am my brand when I walk out in the streets, I continue to wear bold, eye-catching colors, vibrant patterns, and those statement pieces that are often really great conversation starters via my street style.”
Inspiration: “My travels and my African roots inspire my style. We have a lot of bold patterns and colors in Africa, and I’ve tried to marry those influences into the products we offer with the Don Morphy label.”
Style Defined: “My style is best described as being clean, bold, and colorful. Some men are afraid of prints and colors, but not me; it’s the true foundation of how I get dressed every day.”
Fashion Essentials: “I never leave home without my Sun Shades.”
Go-To Look: “When in thought, I wear blue pants, a white shirt, and any color jacket to pop the look.”
Accessories: “If I am wearing a tie, it will match the color of my pants. I also wear contrasting pocket squares with my pants because it looks better than having the same color.”
Weekend Look: “I absolutely love wearing white V-neck T-shirts on the weekends and in my downtime.”
Ben E Keith with Liza and Justin Collins
Ben E Keith with Liza and Justin Collins – Ben E. Keith