Dapper Dan Addresses Gucci Controversy And Why Black-Owned Fashion Brands Lack Support From Black People

The clothier called the protests against Gucci "too damn stupid."

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| July 12 2019,

3:30 pm

Prolific fashion designer Dapper Dan did not mince words when asked why Black-owned fashion houses don't receive the same support as high-end brands. Speaking with morning showThe Breakfast Club on Wednesday, the 74-year-old also had plenty to say about the future of fashion and culture.

Born Daniel Day, Dapper Dan rose to prominence in the 1980s for his adaption of designer pieces that appealed to New York's hip-hop culture. The Harlem native eventually caught the attention of Gucci which manifested into a long-term partnership with the high-end line. 

He then attributed the success of these established designers to their ability to develop apparel that's attractive to the average buyer.

"It takes time to get the integrity and the respect for a brand," he added. "I’m not going after what we buy. I'm not going to argue with black people in Harlem, or anywhere in the U.S., about whether you want to buy luxury. Our culture is so powerful and selling around the world, I want to get to where they selling it at."

The clothier then referenced his own prestige in the industry. "We are the influencers, and our ability to influence goes around the world. I’m not concentrating on just getting this black money here. Why I can't get that global money if I have that global culture."

As one could imagine, his remarks have those online chiming in.

Someone did play devil's advocate on Dap's influence, drawing an interesting comparison to his current relevancy in the trade.

"What can we get out of this?" he questioned. "We do a boycott, this will be the first boycott people of color, Black people have ever had in America that we get zero results. That's too damn stupid."

Get into his entire thoughts below.