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Dapper Dan Discusses Meeting With Gucci Over ‘Blackface’ Sweater

Harlem designer Dapper Dan called out Gucci this week for its recent racial scandal, demanding a meeting with higher-ups after a sweater resembling a blackface image went up for sale.

On Friday, Dan said he and a diverse group of “experts in inclusivity and accountability” met with reps from the luxury brand and have discussed demands.

“It’s time for Gucci to answer. That is supposed to happen today. Once we have received an answer, I will be announcing a town hall meeting in Harlem for us to talk about how we feel about what they have proposed.”

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Dan rose to prominence in fashion in the 1980s after creating custom designs with the logos from high-end brands including Louis Vuitton and Gucci. In 1992, his storefront was shut down after legal action was taken by Fendi.

He made headlines in 2017 after Gucci’s creative director, Alessandro Michele, was called out by Olympic track star Diane Dixon for blatantly copying a jacket the designer made for her in 1989.

Gucci then announced a partnership with Dan, who opened up a new atelier on Lenox Avenue in partnership with the brand in 2018.