Dapper Dan the man who refashioned fashion. From the bottom to the top, to the bottom, and back up again. One could say that Dapper Dan’s life has been a roller coaster ride.
Born in New York, Daniel Day aka Dapper Dan was known as the “King of Knock-Offs”. Day would take Gucci, Fendi and other prints to recreate his own clothing line. His ability to create and, rework these luxury items led to a large attraction of up-and-coming hip-hop artists. The Dapper Dan fashion line has dressed icons such as LL Cool J, James Jackson, and Floyd Mayweather, along with other athletes and hip-hop artists.
His interest in fashion was sparked when taking part in a sponsored trip to Africa. In 1982 he went on to open and operate a 24-hour clothing store. His store sold his unique clothing designs, illegally using Gucci and other designer logos. He took the concept of designer logos and built around it.
The iconic bubble Louis Vuitton jacket may have been the straw to break the camel’s back. The fashion world took notice of Dapper Dan using the Louis Vuitton and the Gucci logos and became outraged. After facing lawsuits and a raid of his boutique he shut down his store in 1992.
Only after realizing the creative brilliance of Dan did Gucci decide to partner with him by supplying the fabric and the monetary means to refinance the rebirth of Dapper Dan’s enterprise. More….
Dapper Dan the man who refashioned fashion has seen an enormous resurgence of his enterprise since partnering with Gucci. His designs have been worn on the red carpet by Salma Hayek, Regina King, models Karlie Kloss, and Ashley Graham, and a host of others.
Dapper Dan’s ingenious imagination introduced a new group of buyers to luxury brands. Without Dan, Gucci and the others may have never obtained an urban following.