After receiving backlash for an obvious style robbery, Gucci has announced that the brand will be working with Dapper Dan on a new collection and more.
In May, the Italian design house included a woman’s fur-lined jacket with puff sleeves and logo monogramming in a runway show. The piece immediately faced fierce backlash at it was a direct ripoff of a one of one custom “Dapper” Dan Day made for Olympian Diane Dixon in 1989.
After formally acknowledging Dan’s direct influence, the Harlem style icon revealed to The New York Times that Gucci’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele had reached out to collaborate saying they were “at the table.” Those plans have finally come to fruition.
Dapper Dan and Gucci will work together on a capsule collection that will be sold exclusively at Gucci stores worldwide. Not only will Dan help in the design but he will be featured in the media campaign. Even more of a game changer is the news that Dapper Dan’s of Harlem, his original store that sold reworked luxury couture to the who’s who in the late 1980’s, is reopening with the support of Gucci.
“I would not submit to any collaboration that wasn’t on this level,” Day said. “I think that would be doing a disservice to the culture that I am a part of to accept anything less than what Alessandro has offered me. I think it’s something that the younger people in my community could be very proud of.”
The capsule collection is slated for a Spring 2018 release while Dapper Dan’s of Harlem store will relaunch by the end of 2017. When asked about the partnership Dap took it back to his original start stating, “Let me tell you something. What I’m most excited about is being able to work in the open.”