Who is Dapper Dan?
Dapper Dan is the nickname of Daniel Day, a fashion designer and tailor based in Harlem, New York City. He is known for his high-end, streetwear-inspired clothing and his use of luxury materials such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci prints.
How did his career start?
He gained notoriety in the 1980s for outfitting some of the most famous and influential figures in hip hop and popular culture, and he has been credited with helping to popularize the "hip hop fashion" trend.
Dapper Dan's Boutique
His influential store, Dapper Dan's Boutique, operated from 1982 till 1992 and is most associated with introducing high fashion to the hip hop world, with his clients over the years including Eric B. & Rakim, Salt-N-Pepa, LL Cool J, and Jay-Z.
The characteristics of his clothes
Dapper Dan designed clothes by using luxury fashion materials such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci prints, but instead of using them in the traditional way, he would often make them into custom-made, one-of-a-kind garments. He would take these high-end materials and create streetwear-inspired clothing, such as bomber jackets, tracksuits and oversized fur coats.
Handbags and Hats
He also made custom-made suits and leather goods, such as handbags and hats. He would typically work with his clients to create a design that was both fashionable and practical for their needs.
Dapper Dan was known for his craftsmanship, attention to detail, and ability to create unique and high-end garments that were not available in the mainstream fashion market.
Collaboration with Gucci
In 2017, he launched a fashion line with Gucci, with which he opened a second store and atelier, Dapper Dan's of Harlem, in 2018.