Pusha T's Top 5 Favorite Clothing Items
“Fashion and hip-hop are always about being first and being different and being able to set yourself apart from the bunch.”
There’s no denying that Pusha T had a successful year. With two adidas EQT Running Guidance ‘93 sneakers under his belt and a brand new album (stream King Push: Darkest Before Dawn — the Prelude here) with an accompanying short film that he wrote and starred in, the 38-year-old Bronx-born, Virginia-raised Terrence Thornton was also recently appointed as president of Kanye West’s famous G.O.O.D. Music record label. The New York Times recently caught up with King Push to talk the Clipse rapper’s alternative creative outlet: fashion. Pusha T continues to run his own clothing line, Play Cloths, which interpolates sporty, athletic styles into urban streetwear aesthetics with influences from both high-end and contemporary fashion; yet the Clipse rapper undeniably holds a style entrenched in his unique personality. From trusty John Elliott staples to swanky Rolex timepieces, the rapper’s top five favorite items can be found below.
“I love the pieces from By Walid. It’s this London brand my stylist Marcus put me on to some time ago. This piece is silk with 18th-century embroidery. Every jacket is a one-off. I actually went to the designer’s studio last week in London and got to meet him. It was pretty fresh. He’s extremely artsy and a really cool guy. He had some newer patterns and jackets to choose from. For me, the details matter: Fashion and hip-hop are always about being first and being different and being able to set yourself apart from the bunch.”
“Right now I’m really into John Elliott. He’s an American designer. He has a pretty comfortable sportswear brand. His T-shirts, I probably have one of every color. I first met him at the first season of Kanye’s fashion show. He sort of let me know what he had going on, and when his newest collection dropped, I got a couple pieces.”
“As far as jeans go, it’s going to be Saint Laurent. Some say it’s slim, but slim is in. I have them all: black, blue, gray, whatever is fitting.”
“Right now, I’d have to say my own, which are the Adidas EQT Black Market edition. It comes with “King” and “Push” on the laces in the front. It’s black with 3M detailing — it’s reflective. I also did this fish-scale detailing in the black, and there’s Italian cracked leather. It’s all black, because that’s what I want to wear. As for why it’s “Black Market,” I wanted to represent the hustling aesthetic where I’m coming from, so I actually packaged these in a plastic bag and first released them in Chinatown.”
“I have about 13 Rolexes. But my favorite one is a platinum Day-Date II President. It’s really understated. There are only diamonds on the dial in the inside. But people who know, really know. Rolex has always been such a staple hip-hop watch. To me, it just speaks of class.”