7.25.2007

I Would Rather Wear A Platinum Fubu Football Jersey

"...You got a lot of Girbaud jeans ha." -- Juvenile ("Ha")

Fran├žois Girbaud doesn't want you "rap people" rocking his shit! In an article for the New York Observer, the 62 year old designer talks about taking strolls through projects only to find "the same five-pocket jeans," flashing gang signs, and having to "speak like that" during conversations.

"Somewhere, the company was running too much in some direction, too much in hip-hop stuff," Mr. Girbaud, 62, told the Transom (perhaps taking a page from the playbook of a compatriot who last year expressed disdainful befuddlement toward rappers' loyalty to the Champagne label Cristal). He was wearing a black-collared shirt over baggy black jeans, which were adorned with a single drooping silver chain that smacked against his knee as he strode through the streamlined space. "To be just connected in the hip-hop stuff is other brand; there is people like Russell Simmons or Damon Dash or Puff Daddy or all this kind. I'm not the rap people. Sure, we introduced the baggy jeans, we introduced stonewashed and all this stuff in the 60's or 70's, I never target just to be ethnic. It's stupid."

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