Gucci Releases its Second Dapper Dan Coffee Table Book
Gucci has launched a new limited-edition book by filmmaker and photographer Ari Marcopoulos, entitled Dapper Dan’s Harlem – his second book for Gucci. The book is dedicated to 74-year old designer Dapper Dan, who is a long time partner and friend of the Italian label, and native to Harlem. Dapper Dan’s Harlem documents the time Ari Marcopoulos spent in Dan’s home city, which is also where the designer’s namesake atelier is located, having reopened in December of 2017 with the help of Gucci. The launch took place in tandem with Florence’s men’s fashion week, Pitti Uomo 95, at the Gucci Garden, where Dan was personally present, greeting guests and signing copies.
The book includes original photos shot on location in Harlem, as well as appearances of names such as artist, director, and designer Trevor Andrew, poet, author, and artist Cleo Wade, Harlem-local chef Marcus Samuelsson, author and acclaimed businessman Steve Stoute, and many more friends.
Priced at $200, this is Dan’s most expensive collaboration with the label to date. The book is already in deficit, with Gucci opting to produce only 500 copies through the London-based independent published IDEA, none of which are available online. Dapper Dan’s Harlem is available at the Gucci Garden in Florence and the Gucci Wooster Bookstore in New York. Though it has been rumored that a wider release may be possible, nothing is confirmed.
Check out a few of the spreads below.