Gucci has opened its first ever location in SoHo on May 6th, and the Italian luxury label will also be exclusively selling its Gucci-Dapper Dan collection before the capsule becomes more widely available this fall/winter.
As a Harlem folk hero and cult-fashion icon in his own right, the designer Daniel Day – also known as Dapper Dan – became a prolific figure within his community and the contemporary hip-hop and sports culture scenes of the ’80s. As an eccentric fashion sensible creator, the pieces he fabricated possessed a distinctive nature that intertwined with his own personality while platforming his interest in reinventing Haute fashion trends. The entrepreneur gained great appeal and attention, thus resulting in him outfitting the likes of LL Cool J, and Eric B. & Rakim in one-of-a-kind pieces.
As the decades have passed, his legacy has become the inspiration for a new generation of fashion trailblazers. This essence would even catch the eye Gucci’s Creative Director, Alessandro Michele. As kindred creative spirits, Michele reeled in Dan’s talents to develop this capsule which presents his notable themes while introducing the house’s own DNA.
With a touch of luxury embellishments and fabrics, a selection of garments feature all-over monogram prints, screen-printed leather, embroidering, and python. This is accompanied by denim, footwear, and accessories that further capture the nostalgia and feel of the eighties and nineties, while subtly alluding to the fascinating life of Dapper Dan himself.
Check out some of the pieces from this iconic collection below: