SO UNOFFICIAL, IT’S OFFICIAL

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If the popularity of bespoke bootleg legend Dapper Dan in defining the union of high-end and street style taught us anything, it’s that fakes can actually be fun in some cases. I’m not talking the replicas, the toys with lead paint or the cons — I’m talking the weird pieces that could never have been legit. It’s interesting that a lot of brands would ultimately take cues from fakes and streetwear to put out authentic gear later down the line too. BOSS AMERICA hats stay winning, though it’s a shame that fakes harmed the growing business of black-owned brand Karl Kani, who, unlike most of the lines being knocked off, was heavily acknowledging hip-hop’s role in helping his profits. The image above is taken from an early 1994 article in The Source penned by future Blaze editor Jesse Washington. Bits like the Timberland boot sweat was something of a market stall and Canal Street mainstay (was that boot design ever a real thing on apparel?)— like some of the best knockoffs, it’s so overt and odd that it’s actually brilliant. If it was good enough for Ol Dirty Bastard during this 1993 performance, that makes it unofficially official.

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