It’s only right that Harlem’s own A$AP Ferg be featured in the first edition of Jimmy Choo‘s Style Diary series. The Fergenstein already has three albums under his belt and a knack for fashion thanks to the establishment of his own label before venturing into music. We’ve seen A$AP Ferg work alongside adidas for a few capsule drops in addition to commanding attention for his attire during fashion weeks or within his creative music videos.
Throughout the discussion, Ferg touches upon his numerous fashion influences and the impact of footwear upon the fashion industry. The charismatic A$AP Mob member also talks about his favorite locations in New York City, custom grillz and much more. Take a glance at Ferg’s style above and some of the conversation below. The entire Style Diary talk can be found on Jimmy Choo’s website.
What did fashion and style mean to you when you were younger?
Fashion and style means being unique. It’s being the first to have the Jordans or any new or rare sneaker; the first to be onto a trend and changing the game. I always wanted to be fresh going to school and have all eyes on me. I wanted my teachers to say, “Oh man, you have some new shoes today.”
How do you personally feel about the luxury fashion industry? Do you enjoy the fashion shows and razzmatazz?
Fashion shows are cool, I usually like the music which sets the mood and, in a way, it inspires me to make music and create different sonics.
How would you describe your style influences?
My style influences are David Bowie, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes music video costumes, Ludacris, late ’90s early 2000’s, Diddy and the movie Belly. I heard Kanye say he didn’t want to dress like normal people — people walking in the streets. He wanted to dress in costume. I liken myself to that because when I get dressed, I dress as if I’m playing a role in a movie. Ralph Lauren also said he would look at movies and want to dress like James Dean or actors in his favorite films. For me, it was my favorite artists in videos.
Your passion for sneakers is boundless – what is it about them that means so much to you?
New shoes for me represented being fresh. When I was in Catholic school we had to wear uniform, so the only time I got to show my flyness was on Thursdays in gym and I would wear my new sneakers every week. Sneakers have always been a staple and still are a representation of how fresh you are. Now they’re coming in new styles, shapes and colors and are getting better as the technology improves.
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