Gucci Launches An Homage to Harlem's Dapper Dan

Gucci Launches An Homage to Harlem's Dapper Dan

Today, Gucci released a new book dedicated to Harlem's Dapper Dan with a signing during Pitti Uomo in Florence.

Today, Gucci released a new book dedicated to Harlem's Dapper Dan with a signing during Pitti Uomo in Florence.

Text: Reshmi Kaur Oberoi

Today, Gucci announced the release of a limited edition homage to Dapper Dan - Daniel Day.  With a $200-price-tag, there will be 500 copies available in the Gucci Wooster Bookstore, the November 2018 addition to the atelier’s SoHo retail space that opened only 6 months prior, and Gucci Garden in Florence, where a book signing will coincide with Pitti Uomo on January 8. With a $200-price-tag and a limited stock of 5oo copies available in the bookstore, one could consider these collectibles.

The SoHo-based literati tapped photographer Ari Marcapoulos to document his half-hour subway ride uptown to the heart of Harlem, the crib of Dapper Dan, where the designer beloved by the everyday citizen and hustler crowd was not only born but also forged his eponymous creations. Marcopoulos is already familiar with Dan x Gucci having shot their pre-Fall 2018 capsule collection look-book.

Dapper Dan told GQ that his designs catered to the hustler style, at odds with the preppy Ivy League look that debuted during the 80s-his initial foray into design. Day professes to designing with the time and changing style preferences, rather than creating defined lines.

Evidence of this true-to-style aesthetic is the 2017 collaboration with Gucci that Transpired via here-say among the pop cultural influencers in Day’s social circle. The eventual retrospective capsule partnership utilized vintage Gucci prints and Day’s archival creations like acid-washed heavy weight denim, tracksuits with python piping, and uncanny Christmas palette of colors that harkens Gucci imagery like red, black, green, and gold. Recollection of past handiwork required some hunting down by Day’s son and business manager, Jelani Day, in the aftermath of his apartment being raided.

The book features portraits of Day’s friends- movers and shakers in their own right that include Harlem-based chef Marcus Samuelsson, author Cleo Wade, and artist Trevor Andrews. V Magazine reached out to Wooster Bookstore to one of the book worms – staff – confirmed that the books had not yet arrived with a couple of calls already being made for its purchase.

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