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A far cry from his old job at Walmart, designer Daniel Mofor finds success with brand Don Morphy.courtesy Don Morphy

From Cameroon to Walmart to Celebrity Designer, Daniel Mofor Finds Success With His Brand Don Morphy

Dallas Observer | Is Dallas the fashion capital of the world? Very few people would probably answer yes. But if you change the question to whether Dallas is a hidden gem of a fashion-forward city, you’d now have a pretty decent argument.

One designer who continues to prove this to be true is Daniel Mofor of Dallas-based custom menswear label Don Morphy. Over the last few years, Mofor has not only gained massive popularity dressing stars like Emmitt Smith, he also recently received the Rising Star award from Fashion Group International, which was presented to him by his own fashion god, Tommy Hilfiger.

Mofor grew up in Cameroon, and first worked at Walmart after moving to the U.S., before riding the success train he doesn’t plan on getting off of anytime soon. And the expansion of the Don Morphy showroom in the Design District (which he calls “the ideal location”) was the next big step.

“It was scary at first,” Mofor says of his new space. “I moved from a space that was one-third of the rent, but when I walked in, I loved it because of the open space. … When I moved to my previous space, I had just moved to Dallas so I was just looking for a location, it wasn’t the ideal location. This one I can call ideal because I planned everything. Everything is custom from the carpet to the couches. I wanted to show the details of the space, like we do with the clothes.”

Mofor doesn’t really have to explain that details are a very important element to the Don Morphy brand. The clothes speak for themselves.

The designer recently created a jacket for Bishop T.D. Jakes. “He’s written a lot of books,” Mofor says of Jakes. “So I Googled all the books he’s written, worked with my design team, and created the lining of the jacket based on all the books he wrote. Everyone is different. You’re not going to come here and get something another client has. Everything is unique.”

It’s like the saying goes, “Once you get a tailored suit, you never go back.”

“You build the suit from the ground up,” Mofor explains. “When you come here, we have over 20,000 fabrics. You’re creating everything from scratch.”

Mofor also believes there are big changes in fashion not only happening in Dallas, but all over the world. And the internet — social media in particular — plays a big part in the industry’s evolution.

“I think because of social media, everyone wants to be different,” Mofor explains. “Before, people would just want a suit. Now, people will see things on social media and want to do it differently, or better than what they see. Everyone’s trying to take it to the next level. That is happening in Dallas, too. Dallas has really improved, actually since I’ve been here, when it comes to style, because we have a lot of people here who travel and go overseas and a lot of places for fashion events.”

While the majority of the items the brand creates are for men, there’s something for the ladies, too.

“We are probably 80% men, 20% women,” Mofor says. “We do overcoats and suits for women.” One of which was just spotted on singer (and former Destiny’s Child member) Michelle Williams. Despite all his celebrity clientele, Mofor says his children are his true inspiration.

The new showroom for Don Morphy in Dallas’ Design District, where Daniel Mofor designs for clients like Emmitt Smith and singer Michelle Williams.courtesy Don Morphy

“I actually created this brand for my kids,” he says. “And the fact that they’re also into fashion is the most rewarding thing. Back in Cameroon, your parents advise you to do what everyone else is doing: Go to school, be an engineer or doctor. There’s a more conservative approach. Here in America it’s whatever the child wants to do. They’re encouraged to follow their passion or dream.”

Sitting in his dreamy showroom, Mofor shares some of the plans he has for the future of Don Morphy. Aside from more accessories, the brand is looking to go into the direction of perfumes and colognes, when the time is right. And in case you’re wondering, Dallas will remain home for a while. If not because of his brand, because of his stomach.

“I love the beef, meat and barbecue here in Texas,” Mofor says.

Yeah, it’s safe to say he’s here to stay.

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19 comments

  1. Always the same group of people doing all the creative and innovative stuff. The beti-bulu-ewondo are either in sagmelima looting from the industrious ones or in paris doing dishwashing and drinking beer.

  2. Bravo, Dan. It is always a great idea to use all past setbacks as stepping stones to better future ventures. Your parents will be very proud of you!!!!!!!!!!

    • Camer believer (Colby)

      Congratulations to this compatriot for taking the name of our country in high spheres of the fashion industry these are real Camer diasporans.

  3. It’s always a pleasure seeing a brother showcasing talent at the top. Pride, Congrats

  4. If only we had better leadership at the top in that country to support our people in their GoD giving talent, could have so many successful story like Mofor in every tribal affiliations to build a strong nation instead the Corrupt wicked tyrant has used the playbook of colonialists of division and conquered why’d drained the people wealth for selfish gained living in four seasons across the globe badluck people

  5. Bravo bro. The sky should not be the limit. You remain our finest.

  6. He was my classmate in St. Joseph’s College Sasse. Thanks to the Ambazonia foolishness, Sasse is being prevented to produce more of Don Morphy. We used to call him Morphy.

    • @Bobjazz he’s your classmate and going global while you hide in an unknown blog posting rubbish after doing your dishwashing job.

      • Kinson boh please don’t waste your time replying to that dudge bag.

      • Kikikiki, Kinson….hope you won’t soon be conditioning Dan Mofor to supply you with tons of military wears or see his female family members back home being dissected on the street…

        • Nope Zammy will be sending him to chop biscuits and mayo Bami pig

        • @Kinson, ifi bambé for etas dan pass you, throweh towel inside ring then lef arda pipo continue the ndohmoh for save one and indivisible CMR.

          Just hand ya self in then stop ya suffering, then ask ya detractors dem sey “man go so-so di fight-fight all yi life?”.

          No way, na way njaka dem go enjoy CMR. Ifi some man dan fool you sey you finance war then turn back for CMR, then become big man, then get liké 4 boi-boi for ntang. Tell da same man sey yi di lie you, wai…

        • @Zammy kunny bami pig, how my mbambe take concern you. Yeye half bami swine. Kunyam plus shegeh

  7. The Don straight up papi I could see this coming.Tapsi ba nweh.

    • Kikikiki, Cavani….be dey di drink small gigi witi Achu soup for Marry yi Land.

      Ifi ah bin be Trump yi adviser, ah for advise yi mek yi turn-turn sell all wuna mov’t for Maryland for nyongo for win coming elections…yi di so-so sign die for sell Mexicans for nyongo for win elections for no nating…

      • Kikikiki papi na how.long time bro since demo lock your man kanto man no d hear you again.kikikikj

        • @Cavani, ifi no be na witch how some man pickin witi kanass fit swa harmless man liké Kamto, sotey piss for pang?

          Dis one di only confirm sey we go only fit win Etoudi na witi book/collective sense.

          Ah sure sey Kamto yi sef-sef di ova surprise for the kana way wey Etoudi witi fans dem di swa yi.

          Etoudi dan tok sey Kamto na coni man, yi no work. Na long eye man, yi so-so no work. Na Bami, no man no still buy’am…dem di tok jes non sey yi bin kosh Nordist bros dem sey dem be goats, sey yi no go lecture dem. Nordists dem only reply sey dem nova forget who be dem real enemy.

          Habaaa, Kamto get na which kana sense for yi head wey yi go fit for convince all da trong lawyers dem, witi ba kan-kan profs for follow yi mek dem fix CMR, ana wey dem no discover yi coni? Assuming na coni man!…

    • @Cavani since bulu dem follow yi kind withi sharp cutilass for forest for Sangmelima craze don catch the swine

      • [email protected] AKA L’enemie,

        even if dem divide-divide posts dem for Amba for all man, you go so-so be na ninga for Amba….arata no go turn lion no one day.

        The highest post wey dem fit gee you sometime na town crier, or chief labourer for mbanga plantation…

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