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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Social Status’ Nike Attack Collab Is All About the Layers
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Social Status’ Nike Attack Collab Is All About the Layers

A conversation with James Whitner about storytelling, sneaker culture and living meaningfully.

Release Info for the Social Status x Nike Attack "Social Currency"
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Release Info for the Social Status x Nike Attack "Social Currency"

The retailer touches up John McEnroe’s signature model with “Pine Green” accents and tear-away Swooshes.

Closer Look at the Social Status x Nike Attack “Silver Linings”
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Closer Look at the Social Status x Nike Attack “Silver Linings”

Featuring concealed “Red Stardust” Swooshes and a special bodega-inspired shoe box.

A Ma Maniére Gives Black Women Their Flowers With Its Air Jordan 12 Collaboration
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A Ma Maniére Gives Black Women Their Flowers With Its Air Jordan 12 Collaboration

AMM founder James Whitner shares his thoughts on how Black women impact culture and his ethos of crafting timeless products.

A Ma Maniére Celebrates the Beauty and Power of Black Women With Its New Air Jordan 12 Collaboration
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A Ma Maniére Celebrates the Beauty and Power of Black Women With Its New Air Jordan 12 Collaboration

The “Black/Burgundy” colorway is dropping on February 24 while the “White/Burgundy” pair has been pushed back to March 2.


A Ma Maniére Honors Black Women Through Its Air Jordan 12 Collab in This Week's Best Footwear Drops
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A Ma Maniére Honors Black Women Through Its Air Jordan 12 Collab in This Week's Best Footwear Drops

The DTLR-exclusive New Balance 990v3 “Greyscale,” Pharrell’s adidas NMD S1 RYAT “Focus Olive” and Billie Eilish ‘s Jordan Hex Mules are also dropping.

The Whitaker Group Taps Charlotte Lab School Students to Craft an ASICS GEL-LYTE V Capsule
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The Whitaker Group Taps Charlotte Lab School Students to Craft an ASICS GEL-LYTE V Capsule

1,500 pairs of each colorway are individually numbered.

The Air Jordan 1 "Lost & Found" Is Unearthed in This Week's Best Footwear Drops
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The Air Jordan 1 "Lost & Found" Is Unearthed in This Week's Best Footwear Drops

Releases for the RIMOWA x adidas NMD S1, A Ma Maniére x Air Jordan 4 and more are on the way as well.

A Ma Maniére Announces Release Date for Its Air Jordan 4 Collab
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A Ma Maniére Announces Release Date for Its Air Jordan 4 Collab

The Whitaker Group is utilizing this release to encourage US voters to hit the polls this week.

Official Look at the A Ma Maniére x Air Jordan 4
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Official Look at the A Ma Maniére x Air Jordan 4

James Whitner elevates the classic model with luxe uppers, quilted liners and more.

 
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