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.

A Ma Maniére Announces Release Date for Its Air Jordan 2 "Airness" Collaboration
Footwear

A Ma Maniére Announces Release Date for Its Air Jordan 2 "Airness" Collaboration

The brand supports the reveal with its “Your Airness” short film that features a spoken word poem by Kyla Lacey.

Official Images of the Social Status x Nike Air Max 1 Penny Collaborations
Footwear

Official Images of the Social Status x Nike Air Max 1 Penny Collaborations

The two colorways come with interchangeable Swooshes and insoles that are decorated with chalkboard-inspired text.

Social Status' Nike Air Max Penny 1 Collab Will Have Removable Swooshes
Footwear

Social Status' Nike Air Max Penny 1 Collab Will Have Removable Swooshes

Each Swoosh ostensibly nods to a different sport such as baseball, basketball and more.

Closer Look at the A Ma Maniére x Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG
Footwear

Closer Look at the A Ma Maniére x Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG

James Whitner crafts a luxurious take that honors the realities of daily life in Black communities.

Official Images of the A Ma Maniére x Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG
Footwear

Official Images of the A Ma Maniére x Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG

Uppers are done up with cracked leathers and burgundy snakeskin accents.


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.

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