Daniel R. Day, better known and beloved as Dapper Dan, is fashion's original influencer.
In the '80s, the renowned style icon and inventor of what we now call Logomania pioneered the high-end streetwear that is ubiquitous today. Dan first showcased his inimitable mix of classic luxury-brand logos and original, forward-thinking designs in his namesake Harlem store. As his store became more popular, and his name recognition grew, Dan morphed into a world-class couturier, styling cultural icons from Naomi Campbell to Jay-Z, and developing a partnership with Gucci, for which he has produced several collections based on his archives.
In his first-ever memoir, Dapper Dan: Made In Harlem, which is out now, the now 75-year-old designer spells out his story, documenting the cinematic highs and lows along the way. The book came out in July, and has since received high praise by everyone from Ava DuVernay to Taraji P. Henson. Judging from Dan's fearless, essential observations of his life, fashion, and culture at large, it's easy to understand why.