Filed under: Harlem Nights,The 80's Files,Video Clips,Where Are They Now?
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Any rapper, athlete or hustler worth his salt in the 80’s owned at least one Dapper Dan outfit. Everyone one Mike Tyson to Rakim to Ultramagnetic were getting decked-out in sweatsuits made from cut-up Gucci handbags and whatnot. For those who wanted to go the extra mile, you could get your ride customized with wheel covers and even the roof of your jeep!
Here’s how Chucky Smash from The Legion remembers it:
‘Going back to the hustler era, there was this designer called Dapper Dan who happened to live in our building in the Bronx. Dapper Dan had this design shop down in Harlem on 125th Street, and basically he would design Gucci jackets, Louis Vuitton jackets, Fendi jackets. Obviously, looking at it now it was knock-off – it actually didn’t come from Gucci – but this is what the hustlers wore. His clientele was Mike Tyson, all the famous hustlers. His designs was the hustler’s choice, they’d go there to get these suits made by him. That shit was big money – it wasn’t uncommon to see somebody like Mike Tyson go down there, drop 10-15 G’s and come out with a whole Gucci outfit on. For 10 grand you might get the whole outfit – you probably had shoes and a hat to match. You probably got one for your girl, too. We’re talking about 1985, 1986.’
For more pics, check out Dan’s new Tumblr site Dapper Dan of Harlem.
Spotted via @Alexander Richter.
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