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's Air Jordan 3 "Raised By Women" Defies Sneaker Gender Barriers
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Stay @ Home With James Whitner
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Stay @ Home With James Whitner

The entrepreneur talks about how his past has prepared him for the current crisis and how he’s felt a surge of inspiration.

Livestream James Whitner and Nike Executives' Discussion of Black Community (UPDATE)
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Livestream James Whitner and Nike Executives' Discussion of Black Community (UPDATE)

The Whitaker Group founder will take questions from fans while tackling corporate diversity.

A Ma Maniére Parent Whitaker Grp Expands Entrepreneurial "Free Game" Program
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A Ma Maniére Parent Whitaker Grp Expands Entrepreneurial "Free Game" Program

Founder James Whitner will be investing into promising entrepreneurs.

What Max Means to Me: A Nike Air Max Day Roundtable
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What Max Means to Me: A Nike Air Max Day Roundtable

Don C, Aleali May, Salehe Bembury, Steven Harrington, Patta’s Edson Sabajo & Gillaume Schmidt and more share their personal Air Max stories.

A Ma Maniére & Nike Ready Limited Air Force 1 "Hand Wash Cold"
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A Ma Maniére & Nike Ready Limited Air Force 1 "Hand Wash Cold"

In both high and low iterations.

A Ma Maniére Opens New Retail-Restaurant Experiment in Houston, Texas
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A Ma Maniére Opens New Retail-Restaurant Experiment in Houston, Texas

Serving up luxury streetwear, elevated American fare, and good vibes.

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