As a superb marketing plus, Grungy Gentleman has featured some of the grandest names in music, film, and sports, and staying true to tradition, this season rap icon Styles P opened the show, followed by rapper Dave East, former NY Giants QB and Dailymail TV host Jesse Palmer, and professional boxer Rickey Edwards, each making their runway debuts, with R&B artist Brett Gray, wrapping the show in his debut live performance of his unreleased single “Anxiety.”
Grungy Gentleman showcased their signature collection, along with eight collaborative collections including footwear with Pony, bikes with Schwinn, bags with Footaction, hats with New Era and NBA, slides with Giza, apparel with Renzo Cardoni, Pendleton, and Clinton Hall.
This season Grungy Gentleman collection presented a more polished design than seasons before. A variety of new colors such as the peach in the tracksuit, a lot of red accents to balance the masculine blues and grays.
“We’re a brand that likes to make the public feel like they can wear it and feel confident in it, and we had a great response at the show, so I’m very appreciative for that,” said Jace Lipstein, designer.”
“It’s fire, this is something I would have worn on the regular anyway and we got the old-school, Harlem Pony drip. I feel like superman… if he was from the projects,” said Dave East.
“Dave East and Styles P embody everything the Grungy brand wanted this show to be about– an ode to New York City– the grit, the grind, the inimitable style and presence of those who came up here, and the power of collaboration across different generations and categories,” said Ali Moon, talent booker for the show.
“I never would have imagined that my first live performance would be at New York Fashion Week– and that I’d be getting advice from Dave East before going on stage. Definitely an experience I’ll never forget,” said Brett Gray, R&B artist, and Netflix’ On My Block actor.
The show was hosted at Slate NY with complimentary cocktails provided by Gentleman Jack, gift bags by Nivea Men and Thickhead.
This feature was submitted by Marcus Gregory Blassingame