Dapper Dan’s the 2019 Man!
Over the last 5 week’s (May-June 2019) I’ve seen and heard about as much about Dapper Dan as I did back in the 90’s. He was on Project Runway, in a song on When they See Us, and GQ did a nice write up about him. I don’t know who his publicist is, whoever it is, knows what they are doing & does it well! He’s everywhere.
The video below sums up his BIO. Watch this historically rich Video to see his career from the beginning til Now:
Back in the day Dapper Dan made custom outfits for the Hip-Hop community, mostly in NYC. He used designer labels. Blew the logos up Big. Or painted the designs on leather to make custom Street wear. His favorites were Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Fendi. He always dressed impeccable with major Swagger. His clothes were worn by many super-stars including: LL Cool J, the Fat Boys, Salt-N-Pepa, Jam Master J, Mike Tyson, KRS-One, Floyd Mayweather and Big Daddy Kane.
Here are the places I’ve been seeing Dapper Dan as of lately:
May 5, 2019: Dapper Dan in GQ. Click here for article.
May 16, 2019: Dapper Dan on Bravo’s Project Runway. This came out late April. I spotted it on May 16.
June 15, 2019: When They See Us-4 part TV show on Netflix (June 2019) . Heard the Jay-Z song, U Don’t See Us “Wear a G on my chest, I don’t need Dapper Dan, this Ain’t a sewn outfit, holmes, holmes is about it”
Additional News on Dapper Dan, I found when looking for the Jay-Z Song’s title:
In 2017, Dapper Dan and Gucci partnered for a line of men’s wear. In 2018, they opened a new atelier on Lenox Avenue in partnership with Gucci, Dapper Dan of Harlem, the first luxury house fashion store in Harlem. Everything came full circle. From doing Knock Offs/Knock Ups to really working with Gucci. Congrats to Dapper Dan!
A book – Dapper Dan Made in Harlem: A Memoir is available for pre-order on Amazon. And a movie of the memoir is planned. See you on the Streetz!
Top 25 Clothing Brands of 2017 – Via Streetzblog
It’s been a great year for Fashion, Hi and Low End Street & Designer wear. Here’s a list of the Hottest brands of 2017. If you have a brand to add, let us know in the comments section. Happy New Year! See you on the Streetz…Blog.
- Off White c/o Virgil Abloh
- Daniel Patrick
- Rick Owens
- Public School/PSNY
- Alexander Wang
- Ovadia & Sons
- Heron Preston
- Greg Lauren
- Commes Des Garcons
- Raf Simons
- Ben Taverniti Unravel Project
- Maison Margiela
- Canada Goose
Complex Con-November 4 & 5, 2017
Long Beach, CA-Recap from our Streetzblog on site LIVE correspondent and via Some great Insta-Nabs.
The Hottest street wear brands, designers and Hip-Hop entertainers converged in Long Beach, California November 4 & 5 at Complex Con 2017. Back in the Day, Complex was an up and coming magazine Founded By Marc Ecko. His own clothing brand having hit it’s Apex years earlier, Complex was an under the radar Street and trend mag, I would buy the day it came out. As the internet and social media blew up, the magazine lost it’s pages and the paper it was made on became much thinner.
Fast Forward to 2016 and the first complex Con occurred, some saying that there were 400 VIP tickets sold, the same source told us this year, there were close to 2,000 VIP tickets sold and over 50,000 in attendance! Who needs a magazine? When you can turn your brand into one of the top 3 go to spots for street wear, kicks and tech trends. And put on a Con that attracts the Biggest and Best cultural icon of our time! (BTW: Unofficially, The top 3 are Hypebeast, High Snobiety and Complex).
Complex Con 2017 had everyoone who is anyone in the Street game. DJ Khalid, Pharrell with NERD, M.I.A, Cam’ron, Wiz Khalifa, Skrillex Lil Yachty, DJ Mustard, Kid Cudi from How to make it in America, Maxwell Osborne & Dao-Yi Chow from PSNY, Chris Stamp from STAMPD, Travis Scott, Vince Staples, Action Bronson, Kobe Bryant, Yes Jules, Ben Baller & D’Angelo Russell. Along with the stars of the weekend: Off-White’s Virgil Abloh and Takashi Murakami. Here’s a few pix of the 2 making Sweet Custom T’s on the spot!
Our Streetzblog corespondent traveled from Hawaii to Cali on the sole mission to meet Murakami and buy a couple thousand dollars of his limited edition gear. She succeeded as you can see by this picture, along with an autographed book. (She did say it was a 4-5 hour line to meet him and another 2 hour line to get her things at the end of the day). I told her via text: Looks like it was well worth the trip and time spent in line. BTW: She also stood in the Off-White line, but after another 3 hour wait, missed the Limited Edition Hand screened shirts by about 100 people.
Number One Tip: If you go to Complex Con or another Big event like this. Go to your favorite booth/designer first then have fun at the rest of the event.
If I was there, I would have gone str8t to the PSNY area to make some custom Nike Air Force 1’s. Would have tricked out the special PSNY x Nike AF1 Hi’s. Here’s some pix from the special master class area, where attendees could customize their own AF1’s with PSNY.
Here are some of the Custom Nike AF 1’s made at Complex Con:
The Top left Silver pair was made by Maxwell Osborne from PSNY. Jeff Stamp from *STAMD stopped by and made a pair And check the bottom left with Virgil’s version along with pal: Macklemore. *STAMPD has recently released a collab with Hawaii’s own, Town and Country Surf/T&C Surf. Pretty cool and close to home.
Here are a couple of Sniper Wells from Streetzblog’s latest projects. Fluorescent Painting with matching custom Jordan 21 Kicks!
Our Correspondent scored us some nice pix from the event including Pharell heading up the steps, The Limited Edition Fools Gold Boxes going for $50, some attendees and art from Murakami and NERD. (Thanks Much for getting these and other great pix on today’s post!).
Pharell was looking pretty Swank with his matching bright orange hair & spiked Biker Jacket:
Hope everyone had a good time at Complex Con 2017. And much Mahalo to our special Streetzblog Correspondent for all the great pictures. *All pictures are courtesy Streetzblog Corespondent or from the Live Instagram feeds over the Nov 4 &5 2017 weekend. See you on the Streetz…Blog!
PSNY is BACK and Making Stacks!
PSNY x Jordan 15 Kicks and Collection made their debut at NYFW Sept 2017. They had Hoodies, Pant/Short combos, T’s, Shirts, Caps and of course the Kicks. All in the Great Balck/White and Red and Olive Colorways.
Me, this is when I know I’m working too much. For some crazy reason I didn’t see it coming. Didn’t see the hints on Instagram. Missed the street buzz and September 8, 9 and 10 were the only 3 days of the year, I didn’t read the blogs. I never miss a PSNY drop!
So at 4:18 HST when the email came in, I for sure missed that. Just randomly went to their site Sunday nigh and found the Ultra Awesome Collection, except for a few items ALL SOLD OUT.
It was nice of them to sell on line. If you live in NY, you could have gone to the Chinatown Pop-Up Shop to Cop on site IRL.
The clothes are LIT! Jordan!!! PSNY back in black! OMG! I would have bought it all. LOL.
There are some shops getting some gear like St. Alfred’s in Chicago and Haven in Canada. So, you still might have a chance to get something. Me, being a big PSNY and a huge Jordan fan am a little bummed I had 5 events this past weekend and missed the drop. If you see anything, I say buy em. The kicks will go for big money on eBay and I’ll buy any XL clothes you can find.
BTW: The Kicks have a really cool PSNY on the back and WNL on the front tab, pretty dope for one of the worst looking J’s of all time.
Oh Well, They did the 12’s, now the 15’s. Hope to be awake and ready for the PSNY x Jordan 4 or 11. Before everything is gone, you can still peep the collection on their site.
Pictures below are courtesy of Vogue.com (Slightly cropped, but still high quality)
See you on the Streetz! Just booked my NYC trip, Gonna be there December 15-20, 2017. Can’t wait even if it’s brisk outside. Hope to find some PSNY, Stampd, Chapter, or Off-White somewhere around town.
Meet the Mercer Cred Double Cargo Pants Fall 2017
The Beginning/January 2017
The Middle/February-April 2017
The Finished product-May 2017
The Mercer Cred Double Cargo Fall 2017
The Mercer Cred Jr (Did these in just a couple of weeks, not 4 months…LOL)
And for fun, The Hawaii Mercer Cred Jr S/S 2017
See you on the Streetz!
Off White Goes off the Street
High End Street Wear Brand Off White known for their diagonal/Slant stripes and the word WHITE on the backs of shirts, usually in a Black and White Color-Way. Goes off the path a bit in their latest Fall-Winter 2017 Runway Show.
There are lots of Vans inspired Checks, Flowing/Swaying with the wind clothes, various colored denim and a few nice shirts with the diagonal/slant design and White on back long-sleeved shirts, made out of an exquisite fluffy type of material.
I suspect it was time to shuffle things up a bit. But with all the sold out standard Tees unavailable. I would have gone at least another year of the standard issue Off White branded diagonal stripes with the big WHITE on back shirts and pants. *With all the Sold-Out Off White clothing out there, might be tempted to get a $86 Knock off on Ebay, but the sellers seem a bit sketchy. Sizing is xs-XL and says most shirts fit all. That sounds pretty whackety Whack. So, maybe I’ll never get an Off White Shirt if the trend continues with things like this Runway Show.
We shall see if these looks catch on as HOT as all their other shirts and pants did over the last few years. In NY Dec 2015, Off White was the Biggest brand I noticed in NYC. This Year, Dec, 2016, what I saw most were those super long, most likely very warm, tres expensive Canada Goose jackets in Dark Blue. LInes down the street at their store and people grabbing for them right and left at Bloomies.
- The Long Sleeve Diagonal print with WHITE on back shirts with the fluffy material.
- The Bomber Jacket with the Orange block square pattern.
- The Music: Very spot on with the spoken word, underground Hip-Hop and Jazz, ambient soundtrack. It sounded exactly like 2 restaurants I ate in NY in December 2016. Seems like the world is going toward more of a background underground mix than the blazing EDM and banging industrial of the last couple years.
- The long plaid Men’s Jacket.
- The Vans inspired checkered shirts and pants. Let Vans do Vans. Let Off White do Off White. The limited Edition Chrome Hearts x Off White Tees at Christmas were also Vans inspired. Were a direct take off of their logo. Somethings going on with the 2 companies. Hmm
- The flowing/Swaying materials and vibe. Felt a bit old-fashioned not forward fashion.
- The lack of the standard Diagonal/Slant Designs with the word WHITE on back.
- The funny colored Denim.
- And the leave prints. I can go to Wal-Mart for some Leave imprinted camo for $49 instead of what will most likely be $490.
- Baggy pants. This is a trend I see a lot in menswear. I liked the drop crotch look, I liked the fitted suits, but me, I think I would look funny in baggie pants with wide leg holes. Maybe a 22 year old could pull it off, but I doubt it would work for me.
What do you think of the New Direction of Off White? Feeling it? Or not? Let us know in the comment section.
See you on the Streetz! This week I finally have a Saturday off, so hopefully hitting the beach, sleeping a bit and maybe some Yoga or even Chanting…if I get the courage to go to it.
Not Ready To Wear…Yet
My goal was to have these ready to wear on Father’s Day 2016. But, as I was reconstructing the deconstructing I added in a few additional design elements. And am not done yet. For Today, I’m just posting some pix. When they’re complete, I’ll give the story and the deets on the how to’s on the DIY. Happy Father’s Day!
Triple Five Soul, 555 Soul or as I best remember their name: Triple 5 Soul was not just a Streetwear brand but a whole urban lifestyle collab of DJ’s, Graffiti artists, Musicians, Skaters, & Break dancers. In the 90’s, Triple 5 Soul was one of the biggest and most successful Streewear brands around.
Fun Fact: The 555 Soul name comes from a then Popular telephone party line advertised and utilized in NYC. Most likely at 3 or 4am after a festive night of partying.
in 1989, Triple 5 Soul founder-Camella Ehike worked out of 151 Ludlow St. on the lower East Side of Manhattan. Ehike had a store front apartment with a sewing machine in the front and living area in the back. Like many creative’s she started making clothes she liked to wear for herself and her good friends. Between 1989 and 1996, Camella lived in her store and sewed everything. Her friends were very influential in the NYC Hip-Hop Scene and the clothes were so dope, the brand took off and demand became higher than supply.
Fun Fact: 555 Soul’s love beads were worn by early rap/house artists; The Jungle Brothers and Boogie Down Productions. BTW: Back in the day, this was 1 of the only House records we had out in Hawaii. I used to play it over and over and over on my record player at parties at my first condo in Waikiki. circa 1988-89.
Fun Fact: Fab 5 Freddy wore a Triple 5 Soul Tie Hat on MTV, which skyrocketed exposure of the store and sales. Here’s a bit of Fab 5 Freddy as host of Yo! MTV Raps.
Fun Fact: Mos Def was a friend of Ehike and the face of T5S’s first advertising campaign.
Fun Fact: Whenever Long Island’s Me Myself and I, De La Soul came to Manhattan they would stop by the shop and ask for some new clothes. Here they are performing their massive hit.
Triple 5 Soul later moved to 290 Lafayette Street, It was here that I would visit most Decembers.
Fun Fact: Banksky took over the front interior of the store. It was the 1st time anyone brought Banksky to NY. Now (2015/16) you can walk down many downtown streets and see his work everywhere. Especially in the area where the infamous Cronuts exist. I know I was there in Dec 2013 amazed at how much art he had put up around Dominique Ansel’s Bakery at 189 Spring St. Mabye Banksky knew how hard it was/is to get a taste of the elusive delicacies at least you could check out some interesting Street Art. Note: There’s also a fun looking basketball court next door to the Cronut Store. The day I was there, there was even a comp B-Ball to borrow.
Fun Fact: Graphic Designer/Skater Alyasha Owerka-Moore designed the original logo in exchange for a couple of hats!
Triple Five Soul is known for:
- What you would buy in New York in the 90’s to show you knew true Streetwear.
- Designed their own fabrics From Bohemian to Surf inspired.
- Sick Insta’ Street Cred Hoodies and luxurious Velour track suits.
- Dope Logo.
- Wool Cargo Pants.
- George W. Bush T’s
- 5 Deadly Venom shirts designed by SSUR’s Russell K.
- Graffiti pieces done up by infamous Graff artist, Stash.
- Backpacks that turned into Chairs.
- DJ Cases with Built in Wheels.
My Fun Fact: The Triple 5 Soul clothes were pretty pricey when I would visit NY, thus I owned ONE short-sleeved would be vintage now; grey T-shirt with Orange & Blue lettering. It had 3 hands on it doing some sort of sign language. I would wear it on the airplane from NY to Chicago at Christmas time. And whenever I wanted to feel like I was in the know about Streetwear in the 90’s. I remember it being very comfortable and quality made. Was one of my favorite shirts for about 4-5 years. And of course it was a Double XL-The Style of the time.
You can still find Triple 5 Soul on this website. But the most sought after items are the OG items from the 90’s. *Note: Looks like prices are the same or even less nowadays on their site. Kinda’ Wierd.
*Camille Ehike is currently running a modern bed and breakfast entitled, Breathe-Inn located in upstate New York. Contemplating a possible children’s line of clothing.
See you on the Streetz!
STAMPD FW16 NYFW Presentation (2/2/16)
STAMPD debuted The New Soldier FW16 collection at their first NYFWM presentation on February 2nd 2016 with 20 new military influenced looks.
The models rose on pedestals above swirling fog at Platform 3 at Skylight Clarkson North. The presentation was collab’d with Brooklyn’s Snarkitecture creative team. Snarkitecture BTW recently did a sold out collab with Beats By Dre. And Chris Stamp recently starred in a video with Beats By Dre. Kinda get where I’m going? Yep, gotta’ be a Stamp x Beats by Dre Headphone or 2 on the way soon.
STAMPD had some of the best bomber jackets in 2015 with their back and arm straps. Looks like they’re taking the brand to the NXT LVL with the NYFWM presentation. Here’s a few pix from their blog:
There’s a Quad pocket bomber with a removable wool lining coming our way in FW 2016. And check out these kicks from STAMPD x Filling Pieces:
I’m a big fan of Black and slate grey clothes. Thus, most of the collection has a streetzblog stamp of approval. The neutrals or camel colors I could easily pass on. Although, the burnt red shorts are kinda’ tempting. Pretty nice overall presentation on everything. Looks like a fun event to have seen live!
On the video that I watched with Chris Stamp and Beats by Dre, Chris Stamp mentions his clothing being called Avant Street or Contemporary and ends the vid with Welcome to the Future. After seeing many of the FW 2016 Men’s collections, I’d say the future has arrived this year more than ever!
Snarkitecture x PAOM Camouflage Collection
This is a pretty fun collection featuring simple black on white prints that blend nicely into these various backgrounds. The first picture is my favorite. Very artsy.
Next up is the Camo on Camo on the subway station. Notice the subtle 23 (Michael Jordan’s number) on the bricks?
And this pic blends almost exactly.
Have a nice weekend!. See you on the streets at Wet n Wild Hawaii, The New Baby Expo and as usual hope to make it to the beach. But haven’t made it there since December 2014 and it’s now May 2015. Maybe, this will be the weekend? Whatcha’ think of the Camo Collection?