Harlem World: Dapper Dan

10.17.2012

STYLE

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 Vuitton and MCM and designing original menswear with high-end detail—including exquisite leathers, furs, and skins. First drawing neighborhood hustlers and friends, Dan eventually outfitted rappers and other celebs of the time, such as Eric B & Rakim, and  Mike Tyson, to name a few. Now, nearly thirty years after entering the clothing game, Dan is plotting his return to the public eye. The reclusive designer recently sat down with Life +Times to discuss his career—alongside childhood friend Pee Wee Kirkland—retracing Harlem history in the process. For more information about Dapper Dan, visit his site.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jucee-Brown/62303051 Jucee Brown

    Im the New Dapper Dan

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1250713538 Chandra Dixon

    Dapper Dan,
    I am interested in becoming a fashion designer. I live in Augusta, Georgia, I owned a clothing store for three years, but I still have alot to learn about fashion, so I need your assistance. I would like to learn from one of the most acclaimed designers of all time. I was going to enroll in a fashion design school in Miami called International University of Art & Design, but I would like to learn from the very best. My friend in Yonkers, New York, named Maverick Kendricks told me to contact you, he informed me that, he knows you and you guys had conversations in Central Park on occasions. He informed me that you live in Atlanta these days. Can you contact me at ChandraDixon379@hotmail.com or on facebook, I would like to schedule a meeting with you to discuss fashion, and business one day in the week of January 07, 2013 or Thursday, January 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm if feasible! Thank you
    Chandra D. Dixon

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1250713538 Chandra Dixon

    Dapper Dan,
    I am interested in becoming a fashion designer. I live in Augusta, Georgia, I owned a clothing store for three years, but I still have alot to learn about fashion, so I need your assistance. I would like to learn from one of the most acclaimed designers of all time. I was going to enroll in a fashion design school in Miami called International University of Art & Design, but I would like to learn from the very best. My friend in Yonkers, New York, named Maverick Kendricks told me to contact you, he informed me that, he knows you and you guys had conversations in Central Park on occasions. He informed me that you live in Atlanta these days. Can you contact me at ChandraDixon379@hotmail.com or on facebook, I would like to schedule a meeting with you to discuss fashion, and business one day in the week of January 07, 2013 or Thursday, January 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm if feasible! Thank you
    Chandra D. Dixon

  • http://twitter.com/JUSTSAYPLEASEDC RAJSHAWN SCOTT

    yes when i left to join the airforce in 86 i went to new york and i met him and was inspired to create and learn about branding. now i am nfl licensee

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