It’s been nearly a year since Gucci and legendary Harlem couturier Dapper Dan began working together and now, the duo’s first collaborative collection is finally here. Inspired by the streets of Harlem and Dapper Dan’s custom pieces from his ’80s archives, the collab ranges from apparel to footwear, eyewear, leather bags, and more.
Following the opening of Gucci and Dapper Dan’s Wooster Street location in Harlem, today the high-end brand makes the exclusive vintage-inspired collection available online.
Dapper Dan, exploded onto the fashion scene by building up a cult following from his original Harlem shop on 125th Street in the Eighties and early Nineties. He is known for making one-off outfits for a host of hip-hop stars, street legends and athletes including artists Bobby Brown, LL Cool J, Eric B. & Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Salt-N-Pepa, and boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Known for using all-over logos in his original designs, screen-printed leather features the GG logo is key here. Appliqué is also used on the chests and backs of pieces, with Gucci designs embellishing the original decorations. Gold printed python is employed as a trim, to reference Dap’s original use of gold leather, and ciniglia jersey replicates the look and feel of his tracksuits of the Eighties.
The collaboration features the phrase E PLURIBUS UNUM. Gucci’s creative director, Alessandro Michele asked Dan to come up with some words that he felt would represent the spirit of the collection. He responded with this quote, which is Latin for “Out of many, one”, and is the motto of the United States.
The Gucci Dapper Dan collection is now available for purchase on Gucci’s website. Check out some of my favorite pieces from the collection below.