Gucci’s Patent On Harlem Style (Update)

We love timelessness and originality that defines Harlem style, these smooth, supple Calfskin leather shoes do just that. They wonderfully designed versatile Italian-made derby shoes featuring subtle paneling and an understated toe. Continue Reading →


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Harlem Man Dapper Dan Designs For Gucci And Doesn’t Say Much Else

In May, Gucci elicited a wave of criticism after Harlem World Magazine reported that over a fur coat with puffy, logo-laden sleeves that unmistakably copied a jacket that the Harlem (see photo below) designer Daniel “Dapper Dan” Day had created for the Olympic runner Diane Dixon in 1989. Continue Reading →


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Harlem’s Dapper Dan To Mentor Runway Designers

Each season, the New York creative platform-cum-retail space VFiles invites industry experts and influencers to guide the designers, makeup artists and stylists that come together each season to produce a group runway show at New York Fashion Week. Continue Reading →


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Swizz Beatz Accused Balenciaga Of Stealing A Classic Ruff Ryders Shirt Design

Fashion designer Balenciaga was been appropriating fashion ideas from Harlem since the 1940;s. Today Fader reported that shortly after Gucci was accused of ripping off Dapper Dan‘s one of a kind piece (“it was an homage“), Swizz Beatz (Alicia Keys husband) took to Instagram to point out another uncanny similarity between a major design house’s runway design and a classic street style.

 

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Balenciaga Did It, Gucci Looks To Harlem For Divine Design Inspiration

Cristobol Balenciaga came to Harlem for inspiration in the 1940’s, so it only makes sense that Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele would look for inspiration from Harlem too. Continue Reading →


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