James Whitner

James Whitner

Owner of Social Status, A Ma Maniere, and A.P.B.

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Headquarters Pittsburgh, PA, United States

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James Whitner is an American fashion entrepreneur and the owner of streetwear boutiques Social Status, A Ma Maniere, and A.P.B. A native of Pittsburgh, Whitner grew up in an impoverished area of the city, with both his parents battling addiction and many of his friends dying before adulthood. Between 1997 and 2001, Whitner attended the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration. In 2004, Whitner was involved in an incident where he was shot, spurring his decision to move away to Charlotte, North Carolina to pursue his dream of opening a streetwear store. The first retail space he opened was Flava Factory in 2005, that had two locations in Charlotte which were both closed when Whitner decided to reinvest in Social Status. Opened in 2011, Social Status originally began as a denim brand, before Whitner expanded the company into a select clothing and sneaker store. Alongside its in-house label, Social Status also carries brands such as COMMES des GARCONS, Billionaire Boys Club, Nike Sportswear, Play Cloths, and The Hundreds, and currently has five branches in Pittsburgh and North Carolina. Owing to the success of Social Status, Whitner was also able to open A Ma Maniere and A.P.B.
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Two A Ma Maniére x Nike Air Max 95s Are Coming
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Two A Ma Maniére x Nike Air Max 95s Are Coming

The previously-revealed “Burgundy Ash” pair dropping later this year is now rumored to be accompanied by a “Black/Violet” iteration in 2025.

On-Foot Look at the A Ma Maniére x Air Jordan 3 "Black"
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On-Foot Look at the A Ma Maniére x Air Jordan 3 "Black"

The sneaker remains expected to release this July alongside the previously-rumored “Burgundy Crush” pair.

A Ma Maniére Announces Its Jordan Air Ship "White/Green" Collab
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A Ma Maniére Announces Its Jordan Air Ship "White/Green" Collab

Serving as the duo’s third iteration of the Air Ship.

King James’ Nike LeBron 4 “Fruity Pebbles” Returns in This Week’s Best Footwear Drops
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King James’ Nike LeBron 4 “Fruity Pebbles” Returns in This Week’s Best Footwear Drops

Kyrie Irving’s ANTA KAI 1, Awake NY’s Jordan Air Ship, Jacquemus x Nike and more are all set to arrive as well.

Another A Ma Maniére x Air Jordan 4 is Coming
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Another A Ma Maniére x Air Jordan 4 is Coming

A “Fossil Stone” AMM x AJ4 joins the previously-teased “Phantom” colorway for a September release.

A Ma Maniére Has Another Air Jordan 3 Collab Coming
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A Ma Maniére Has Another Air Jordan 3 Collab Coming

An early rumor indicates that the brand has assembled a new “Burgundy Crush” colorway, pictured here via mock-up.

First Look at the A Ma Maniére x Air Jordan 4 "Phantom"
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First Look at the A Ma Maniére x Air Jordan 4 "Phantom"

Serving as a follow-up to the duo’s 2022 release.

A Ma Maniére Officially Confirms Air Jordan 5 "Dusk" Release
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A Ma Maniére Officially Confirms Air Jordan 5 "Dusk" Release

Accompanied by an apparel capsule and the ‘Still We Rise’ short film.

A Ma Maniére Unveils Its Air Jordan 5 "Dusk" and "Dawn"
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A Ma Maniére Unveils Its Air Jordan 5 "Dusk" and "Dawn"

Leading with the release of the “Dawn” colorway alongside complementary apparel.

The Whitaker Group Reveals Its New Balance 9060 "Missing Pieces" Collab
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The Whitaker Group Reveals Its New Balance 9060 "Missing Pieces" Collab

Kicking off their multiyear partnership with “Silver Moss Green” and “Daydream Blue” colorways.

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