How Dapper Dan, Harlem’s Tailor, Mainstreamed “Ghetto Couture” | Fast Company

Courtesy of Renell Medrano for Gucci

Elizabeth Segran of Fast Company penned an excellent piece on the fascinating career of Dapper Dan. In the 80’s and early 90’s, Dapper Dan was the undisputed king of Hip-Hop couture. Dapper Dan put a Harlem spin on the clothing coming out of the big fashion houses such as Gucci, Fendi, and Louis Vuitton. Everyone from Mike Tyson, to LL Cool J, to Eric B and Rakim, sported his exclusive streetwear creations. But it did not last as he was sued out of business by said fashion houses within a few years. Fast forward to 2017, Gucci debuted a jacket that was clearly inspired by Dapper Dan. The resulting brouhaha led to a unique collaboration between the august fashion house and Dapper Dan that included the first ever major luxury brand store in Harlem.

Check out: How Dapper Dan, Harlem’s Tailor, Mainstreamed “Ghetto Couture” | Fast Company

Related:

Flashback: Harlem Chic | The New Yorker

Thanks, Internet Outrage! Now Dapper Dan and Gucci Are Buds | NY Times

The Fashion Outlaw Dapper Dan | NY Times

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