Daniel Day, better known as Harlem’s legendary Dapper Dan, has dressed everyone from LL Cool J to Mike Tyson—in addition to a multitude of gangsters, hustlers, and wannabe ballers—in his flamboyantly designed duds. His favorite client? Floyd Mayweather, who typically commissions Day’s trunks before every fight. The results have redefined ringwear as we know it.
Describe Floyd’s ring style.
Floyd likes very extravagantlooking material, like skins—reptile, leather, alligator, and exotic fur. He has to have the most expensive trunks, more expensive than anyone. So he comes to me, but I can’t say how much they cost.
Is he involved with the design?
Floyd always knows what he wants. He’s very meticulous and involved. Once he figures it out, he knows exactly what it should look like. We have to go out of town to get the red gator, the yellow gator. Of course, he always calls at the last minute…
Which trunks were your favorite?
The black-and-red leather ones I made for the first Maidana fight. I had to make sure they were flexible and he was happy with them as he moved. You want the trunks to move with him, not on their own.
HARLEM DESIGNER DAPPER DAN REVEALS HOW HE HELPS MAYWEATHER ASSAULT FASHION SENSIBILITIES.