Update: Though originally the Gucci-Dapper Dan collection was sold exclusively at Gucci’s SoHo location, the full lineup is now available for purchase via Gucci’s official site and select flagship stores.
As Gucci debuted its location on Wooster Street, where its Gucci-Dapper Dan collection was sold exclusively, the Italian luxury label has now made the collection available online.
As a Harlem folk hero and cult-fashion icon in his own right, the designer Daniel Day — also known as Dapper Dan — became a prolific figure within his community and the contemporary hip-hop and sports culture scenes of the ’80s. As an eccentric fashion sensible creator, the pieces he fabricated possessed an idiosyncratic nature that intertwined with his own personality while platforming his interest in reinterpreting Haute fashion offerings. And in finding this niche, the entrepreneur gained great appeal and attention, thus resulting in him outfitting the likes of Floyd Mayweather, LL Cool J, and Eric B. & Rakim in one-of-a-kind pieces.
As the decades have passed, his legacy has become the inspiration for a new generation of fashion purveyors. This essence would even catch the eye of Gucci’s Creative Director, Alessandro Michele. As kindred creative spirits, Michele reeled in Dan’s talents to develop this referential capsule that expounds upon his notable motifs whilst injecting the house’s own DNA. The resultant offering is the perfect melange of both Dapper Dan and Michele.
With a touch of luxury embellishments and fabrics, a selection of garments feature all-over monogram prints, screen-printed leather, appliquè, ornate embroidering and python. This, in turn, is complemented by denim, footwear and accessories that further capture the nostalgia and feel of the eighties and nineties, while subtly alluding to the life of Dapper Dan himself.
View the lookbook above and head over to Gucci’s official site and select flagship stores and stock up on your favorite items.