Despite the rough history between designer fashion label Gucci, and Harlem designer Dapper Dan, it appears the two have finally been able to work out their differences and team up for an official partnership.
According to the NYTimes, Dapper Dan (real name Daniel Day) and Gucci have put all their legal issues aside and have come together for an official capsule collection and reopening of Dan’s Harlem storefront that was closed down in 1992.
The partnership was announced after many on social media called Gucci out for releasing a collection that looked like a complete replica of the same designs the designer label once penalized Dapper Dan for making popular in the 80s and early 90s.
After Gucci was called out for copying Dapper Dan’s designs in May of this year, Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele attempted to describe the collection as “an homage” to Dapper Dan and denied any forms of plagiarism.
However, in the end, the social media controversy helped lead to Michele and Dan coming together for an official partnership between the former enemies.
“Alessandro and I are part of two parallel universes,” Dan told the Times. “The magic that took place as a result of what he did was bringing these two parallel universes together. That opened a dialogue between us when we finally got in touch with each other. I found out how similar our experiences were, the way he grew up and the way I grew up, and how he was influenced by me. I was never apprehensive about what took place. The public was more up in arms than me.”
Dapper Dan’s original storefront was open between 1982 and 1992 and became famous within hip hop culture for selling items that sported various unauthorized designer logos.
Dapper Dan says his new and improved storefront will be a “by-appointment studio for custom commissions” which will open by the end of 2017.
Dan hopes his new creations will be stitched together by his original tailors, with assistance from Gucci in providing the materials he once used to counterfeit.
Dapper Dan shared what he is most excited about with his new partnership with Gucci.
“Let me tell you something,” Mr. Day said. “What I’m most excited about is being able to work in the open.”
Read more on the new fashion partnership on NYTimes.
Take a look at some shots of Dapper Dan’s shoot for Gucci.