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Dapper Dan

Fashion Innovator
With his eponymous store on 125th Street in Harlem, Dapper Dan pioneered streetwear in the early 1980s, co-opting luxury branding to design original garments with high-end detail. Known for using exquisite leathers, furs and other fine materials, he first drew powerful New York City hustlers as clientele, who came due to his strong street reputation as a legendary professional gambler and dandy. He then went on to outfit entertainers and other celebrities, including Eric B. & Rakim, LL Cool J, Salt-N-Pepa, Mike Tyson, Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Aaliyah, P. Diddy, Floyd Mayweather and many more. Dapper Dan has been featured in the New York Times, Elle, Vogue, W, Vanity Fair and the New Yorker as well as on CNN and Netflix. His works have been on display at the Smithsonian, Museum at FIT, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art.