• 'I came up a black staircase': how Dapper Dan went from fashion industry pariah to Gucci god

    12 days ago - By The Guardian

    In the 1980s, his Harlem store attracted famous athletes and musicians. Then the luxury brands got him shut down. Now, at 76, he's more successful than ever - and still on his own terms It was a mentor on the gambling circuit in Harlem, New York, who gave Daniel Day the moniker that would make him famous. Day was just 13, but had revealed himself to be not only a better craps player than his guide, who was the original Dapper Dan, but also a better dresser. So it came to be that Day was christened “the new Dapper Dan”. It wouldn't be until decades later that Day would truly make his name...
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