Duke Ihenacho is a Nigerian-American designer specializing in gender-neutral ready-to-wear clothing. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, he grew up playing sports and loving fashion. As the son of immigrants, Ihenacho got his eclectic sense of style from Nigerian culture. He saw the enthusiasm and pride his parents displayed for luxury outfits and quickly followed suit.
Although he was always drawn to fashion, his initial career was as a professional athlete. He played 5 seasons in the NFL with the Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins. Fueled by his desire to be more than an athlete, Ihenacho simultaneously focused on his devotion to fashion. Throughout his career in the NFL, his passion for design and refined taste for luxury remained. His vision was to create a brand that was an extension of himself. One that embodied versatility, composure, edge, and athleticism. Immediately after his career in the NFL, he positioned himself as a creative director and founded LAW 17. Since the birth of the brand, LAW 17 has drawn the admiration of both celebrities and athletes.
Ihenacho’s athletic background was instrumental in creating a blueprint of minimal ready-to-wear pieces that combined luxury fabrics and true American craftsmanship. His ability to reinvent classic silhouettes, create versatility in each piece, and mix athletic elements into his designs keeps him on the forefront of fashion. Currently, all sampling, production, and distribution are based in Los Angeles, where he lives.