Earlier this year, the Internet was up in arms when Gucci debuted a new jacket at their cruise fashion show. Folks were mad because it was almost an exact replica of a style that legendary haberdasher Dapper Dan (a.k.a. Daniel Day) made in the 80’s for Olympian Diane Dixon. Gucci denied appropriating the style and claimed to be paying homage to Dap. Not long after the uproar, Dapper Dan said that he was “at the table” with Gucci. Now, it is being reported that Dapper Dan and Gucci will officially be collaborating on a few different ventures.
According to the NY Times:
…by the end of this year, he will open a second-generation Dapper Dan’s as a by-appointment studio for custom commissions, staffed, he hopes, with some of the original tailors, and sponsored (“powered,” in the company’s preferred term) by Gucci, which will now supply the raw materials.
Introducing Dapper Dan @dapperdanharlem, the face of the new men’s #GucciTailoring campaign. Chosen by creative director #AlessandroMichele, the designer is captured in a series of portraits around his neighborhood of Harlem. He wears a dark grey Signoria suit with all over fil coupé details, a striped wool turtleneck, white socks and moccasins with tiger head and tassel accents. Photography: @_glen_luchford Art director: @christophersimmonds