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February 26th, 2013
In an exclusive interview with Mr. Porter, an online shop dedicated to menswear, A$AP Rocky revealed a lot about what made him leave the street and the gang mentality as well as how his family has influenced his artistry and his craft. But what was really interesting was his approach to fashion. Mr. Porter reported, “His taste in clothes is also unusual given his profession. On the track Peso, which he released in August 2011, A$AP declares that it’s “Raf Simons, Rick Owens, usually what I’m dressed in”. The line immediately suggests a sophisticated taste in style, something he reveals goes back to 2005.”
Mr. Porter quoted A$AP as he revealed, “At the age of eight I started getting into fashion, brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica and Ralph Lauren… But in 2005 I started wearing John Richmond jeans. I was into Prada and Dolce & Gabbana at the time and that’s why I started to wear tight jeans, because I wanted to be a model. I started to do freelance work for Calvin Klein so I was slim and it just stuck.”
A$AP also said, doused in insight, “I’m not your average rapper. For us to be thugs and admire high fashion is kind of odd, but people like it.” A$AP had come to the Mr. Porter shoot wearing clothes by Jil Sander, Balenciaga and Junya Watanabe but if you’d ask him what he would like to start his own label, he probs wouldn’t. A$AP told Mr. Porter, “I don’t want to. It would be disrespectful to take my stardom and bully my way into the fashion industry, because I didn’t go to [fashion] school to learn about design, sketching and fabrics. I just enjoy it; I’m a consumer.”
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