Dapper Dan’s Grandson Sews His Own Gucci

Name: Akil Loving

Age: 25

Hometown: New York City

Now Lives: In Harlem, in a fourth-floor studio apartment not far from where he grew up.

Claim to Fame: Mr. Loving is the grandson of Dapper Dan, the Harlem couturier fabled for outfitting gangsters and rap stars in bootlegged Fendi and other designer duds. Turns out, Mr. Loving has been designing in the atelier since high school, and is introducing innovative machines and techniques there. “I would send Dap videos of laser etching and he invested in a huge Trotec Speedy,” Mr. Loving said. “I want to etch Gucci ‘G’s and monograms. It’s special to have something made from scratch with your name on it.”

Big Break: Mr. Loving began working at the atelier during high school, helping design pieces for Diddy, Busta Rhymes and Pharrell. It wasn’t until he outfitted Floyd Mayweather Jr., the flamboyant boxing champion, that he felt like a member of the team. “Floyd would give us so many orders,” Mr. Loving said. “Dap wouldn’t have time, so I would design two or three.” For one ringside look in 2012, Mr. Mayweather Jr. wanted a vest and shorts that evoked a motorcycle jacket. “The one I was most proud of — it was metallic silver and black leather, covered in eyelets,” he said.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/03/style/dapper-dans-grandson-akil-loving-gucci.html

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