With his eponymous store on 125th Street in Harlem, Dapper Dan pioneered streetwear in the early 1980s by co-opting luxury branding from the likes of Louis V…
Its funny how these fashion houses didn’t want to do business with him
because he was a black street kid. However he took their brands and made
them his own I don’t view them as the counterfeit stuff we see today.
Rather Dan’s own crazy yet cool interpretation of what he feels they should
What y’all know about Dapper Dan? Straight Harlem NYC shit!
Bout damn time!
Any rapper, athlete or hustler worth his salt in the 80′s owned at least
one Dapper Dan outfit. Everyone one Mike Tyson to Rakim to Ultramagnetic
were getting decked-out in sweatsuits made from cut-up Gucci handbags and
whatnot. For those who wanted to go the extra mile, you could get your ride
customized with wheel covers and even the roof of your jeep!
Here’s how Chucky Smash from The Legion remembers it:
‘Going back to the hustler era, there was this designer called Dapper
Dan who happened to live in our building in the Bronx. Dapper Dan had this
design shop down in Harlem on 125th Street, and basically he would design
Gucci jackets, Louis Vuitton jackets, Fendi jackets. Obviously, looking at
it now it was knock-off – it actually didn’t come from Gucci – but this is
what the hustlers wore. His clientele was Mike Tyson, all the famous
hustlers. His designs was the hustler’s choice, they’d go there to get
these suits made by him. That shit was big money – it wasn’t uncommon to
see somebody like Mike Tyson go down there, drop 10-15 G’s and come out
with a whole Gucci outfit on. For 10 grand you might get the whole outfit –
you probably had shoes and a hat to match. You probably got one for your
girl, too. We’re talking about 1985, 1986.’
wow! i was just talking about this cat with my homey clark from work true
legend of fresh get up Don shit up harlem stand out to Clark check this out
A legend in NYC fashion…
It is impossible to measure the influence of Dapper Dan on the world.
Harlem World: Dapper Dan!
Dapper dan was quality !! Probably better than original designer !!
Dapper Dan was definitely a major influence on me….id stare at all those
outfits as a young kid..obviously I didnt learn much about him until going
Harlem in 90s and asking people at small boutiques. ..I pray every thrift
store I go into to find a Real Dapper Dan piece or at least good MCM knock
off track suits.
he looks like he could be r kellys father
NYC LEGEND .. #DAPPERDAN
S/O to Dap for the shine! #much luv! S/O to pee wee kirkland!! #alwaysharlem
What’s up Harlem World? Check out Dapper Dan in the flesh…
HARLEM WORLD MR. DAPPER DAN
So it’s fake ?
Lol..damn idiots was buying all that fake Gucci & Louie back in the day..no
different from the fake Gucci belts the Arabs be selling!!
Art&[email protected] get creative!
AMONEY BRING YOU KNOWLEDGE
Dapper Dan looks like he could be Lebron James dad Lmfao
So,,, wouldnt those companies just send you cease and dissist before they
went after you…anyway enough about that, in his opinion I wonder, what
was the most dumb, ridiculous and retarded get-up he did or had to do??
Leather boxing shorts, wouldnt that kind of feel like shit, boxing shorts
need to breathe, or else, well we know what else…
I’VE BEEN HEARING THESE STORY’S MY WHOLE LIFE I’M GLAD DAP FINALLY DID A
INTERVIEW!!!! #SALUTE MY G & THE ONLY BOSS I EVER HAD!!! #THINKBIGGA
I created a half a mill account, I’m in every borough but Harlem, because I
don’t know what to do with that market. I can break 100k for Translation
We sound a lot like Coldplay, so if you like them you’ll probably like us!
Check us out:)
The DOPE SHIT: Respect, to throwback fashion culture…I still show Love,
to Dapper Dan, Pee Wee, and what they did out here for young Black
I’m a Dapper Dan man!
So, when’s Denzel going to do a movie about PeeWee? LOL, look at them.
YARCH TO THE MASSES
I like the music in the back, also a good short documentary.
U Lucky I ain’t from Marcy, lor J own a team
Superb Jay , keep this project going !
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