Creating for community: The Black designers placing identity and heritage at the center of their brands

Culture October 6, 2021 News
Creating for community: The Black designers placing identity and heritage at the center of their brands

From CNN | Style by Allyssia Alleyne, CNN

At 77, Daniel Day has plenty to be proud of. During the 1980s and early '90s, the designer became an early icon of high-end streetwear , designing custom pieces for hustlers, athletes, and rappers from his now legendary Harlem shop, Dapper Dan's Boutique, in New York. His use of furs, leathers, and fine fabrics screamed status for a new type of monied shopper. But the real draw was Day's inventive and illicit incorporation of luxury logos, screen-printed onto the kind of fashion that none of the European houses were yet in the business of producing themselves.

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