Dapper Dan’s Harlem

Gucci announce the publication of a special limited-edition book dedicated to New York based designer Dapper Dan, friend and partner of the House. The book produced by Gucci and shot by filmmaker and photographer Ari Marcopolous.

The limited-edition book documents Marcopoulos’ journey through Harlem, Dapper Dan’s home and the location of his eponymous atelier, which Gucci helped the legendary couturier to reopen in December 2017. Dapper Dan’s real name Daniel Day (1944) is most associated with introducing high end fashion to the hip hop scene in the early 80s. Some of his clients over the years were Eric B & Rakim, Salt-N-Pepa, ll Cool J and jay-Z. Though his clothing often referred to as streetwear, Day’s early clients in 1980s were inspired by fashion icons like Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. His main clientele were “hustlers and street people”, some even did requested bullet proof parkas and hats.

As well as a host of original images shot on location in Harlem, the book includes portraits of friends of the House and Dapper Dan such as artist, director and designer Trevor Andrew, artist, poet and author Cleo Wade, restauranteur and Harlem chef Marcus Samuelsson, and businessman and author Steve Stoute.

Dapper Dan’s Harlem will be limited to 500 copies through IDEA, the London-based independent publisher. It will also be available at Gucci Garden in Florence and the Gucci Wooster Bookstore in New York.