Legendary Dapper Dan Is Set To Collaborate With Gucci

Legendary Dapper Dan Is Set To Collaborate With Gucci

The Italian fashion house is working with famed Harlem tailor Dapper Dan on a capsule collection set to hit Gucci stores in the Spring.

The Italian fashion house is working with famed Harlem tailor Dapper Dan on a capsule collection set to hit Gucci stores in the Spring.

Text: Cassidy Morrison

It’s official: Dapper Dan and Gucci will come together in collaboration on a capsule collection. Even better, Dapper Dan’s eponymous Harlem boutique will reopen with Gucci’s help.

In May of 2016, Gucci’s creative director, Alessandro Michele, was accused of copying one of Dan’s streetwear designs in the Cruise 2018 collection: a balloon-sleeved jacket in the signature Gucci motif. Michele was quick to quell critics.“For me, we can talk about appropriation a lot,” Michele told the New York Times, “I didn’t put a caption on it because it was so clear. I wanted people to recognize Dapper on the catwalk. It wasn’t appropriation, it was a homage, to me.”

Dapper Dan is now the face of the Cruise 2018 men’s tailoring campaign, as well as a collaborator on a separate collection set to hit Gucci stores this spring. Dapper Dan will also be opening a new studio, hopefully staffed by the original team from the 80s, with raw materials provided by Gucci. “Alessandro and I are part of two parallel universes,” Dan told the New York Times. “The magic that took place as a result of what he did was bringing these two parallel universes together. That opened a dialogue between us when we finally got in touch with each other.”

Dapper Dan was one of the most sought-after tailors in Harlem throughout the 80s. He worked with such icons as Mike Tyson and LL Cool J. The studio, closed since 1992, received legal backlash when Dapper Dan used trademarked Louis Vuitton and Gucci logos, among others. Fast-forward more than twenty years later; the new Harlem studio will be by appointment only for custom commissions, set to open by the end of 2017.

Credits: Photo courtesy of Gucci Cruise 2018 campaign/ Glen Luchford

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