The Fashion Outlaw Dapper Dan | NY Times

Twenty-five years after luxury labels sued his Harlem boutique out of existence, Gucci looks to him for inspiration.

BY BARRY MICHAEL COOPER

Mr. Day, right, in the Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market. (Photo: Andre D. Wagner | NY Times)

Mr. Day, right, in the Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market. (Photo: Andre D. Wagner | NY Times)

The Harlem couturier Daniel Day, better known as Dapper Dan, was all over social media last week after Gucci unveiled a jacket that looked very much like one he designed nearly three decades ago for the Olympic sprinter Diane Dixon.

The fur-lined piece with balloon sleeves created by Mr. Day in the 1980s made use of the Louis Vuitton logo without the brand’s permission. The new Gucci jacket, designed by Gucci’s creative director, Alessandro Michele, remakes the Dapper Dan jacket, but with the interlocking double-G Gucci logo in place of the Louis Vuitton markings.

Things have come full circle. Litigation by luxury brands ran Dapper Dan’s Boutique out of business in the ’90s, and now here comes a major fashion house trying to grab the attention of a generation steeped in hip-hop by finding inspiration in a onetime fashion outlaw.

Read more: The Fashion Outlaw Dapper Dan | NY Times

Related: Flashback: Harlem Chic | The New Yorker

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