James Whitner

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.

Sole Mates: James Whitner and the Social Status x Nike Dunk
Footwear 

Sole Mates: James Whitner and the Social Status x Nike Dunk

The Whitaker Group founder discusses the process of creating the Social Status x Nike Dunk, using product as a vessel for communication and more.

A Ma Maniére Debuts Its In-House Apparel Collection
Fashion

A Ma Maniére Debuts Its In-House Apparel Collection

Geared towards the Pre-Fall 2021 season.

Take an On-Foot Look at the A Ma Maniére x Air Jordan 1 High OG
Footwear

Take an On-Foot Look at the A Ma Maniére x Air Jordan 1 High OG

Dressed in suede and burgundy snakeskin.

A Ma Maniére Has a Snakeskin-Covered Air Jordan 1 High Collaboration on the Way
Footwear

A Ma Maniére Has a Snakeskin-Covered Air Jordan 1 High Collaboration on the Way

A message is concealed on the interior side of the ankle flaps.

The Whitaker Group Launches a New Product Collaboration Program
Fashion

The Whitaker Group Launches a New Product Collaboration Program

Called COLOR CODE, the first collab is with Social Status x CRCL of WNNRS.


The Whitaker Group Announces Special "Free Game" Series with the Black Community Business Advisory
Footwear

The Whitaker Group Announces Special "Free Game" Series with the Black Community Business Advisory

The six-part series will feature senior Black executives from companies like Nike and Bank of America.

A Ma Maniére's Air Jordan 3 "Raised By Women" Defies Sneaker Gender Barriers
Footwear 

A Ma Maniére's Air Jordan 3 "Raised By Women" Defies Sneaker Gender Barriers

HYPEBEAST spoke to Whitaker Group president James Whitner about the androgynous design’s inspiration, the importance of community to AMM and more.

A Ma Maniére Announces Air Jordan 3 Collaboration
Footwear

A Ma Maniére Announces Air Jordan 3 Collaboration

Continuing the Whitaker Group’s penchant for elevated, luxurious designs.

A Ma Maniére's F&F Nike Air Force 1 "Hand Wash Cold" Is Limited To 989 Pairs
Footwear

A Ma Maniére's F&F Nike Air Force 1 "Hand Wash Cold" Is Limited To 989 Pairs

If you’re not in the A Ma Maniére inner circle, you have a chance at securing a pair by proving that you — and your friends — are registered to vote.

James Whitner's Community-Driven Retail Empire Is Coming to Harlem, Detroit and Baltimore
Footwear 

James Whitner's Community-Driven Retail Empire Is Coming to Harlem, Detroit and Baltimore

The entrepreneur talks to us about his expansion and how he plans to bring knowledge and prosperity to these Black communities.

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