Karl Kani’s iconic streetwear classics get a reboot for new season as two fashion eras collide. Teyana Taylor goes back to her roots and hits the streets of Harlem representing the originator of urban fashion. Staying true to the 90’s legacy, this PLT drop is all about paying homage to the styles of the Karl Kani movement that infused hip hop and street culture. Think sporty separates, fresh outerwear and denim with an urban edge. This is the PLT collab to take your look all the way up.
Who is Karl Kani?
The godfather of urban streetwear responsible for dressing the biggest names in hip-hop and rap in the 1990’s.
Growing up in Brooklyn, Kani’s style has always been rooted in hip-hop and street culture – and more importantly how to fuse the two together. During a time where apparel in this aesthetic was slim to none, Kani took matters into his own hands and began making his own. Once word on the street got round and people began to take note, a movement in fashion was slowly born.
Formally known as Carl Williams, Karl Kani legally changed his name to Karl Kani. The low down behind his name change? A play on words that stems from the early days if creating the brand where a young Kani would often ask himself the question, “can I do it?” he eventually answered, “yes I can”, from which Karl Kani was born.
Karl Kani influence was visionary and the visionary of many a “first” when it comes to style. He was the first to develop the “baggy jean concept”, the first urban streetwear fashion company to employ an all-black sales force, and the first designer to host a fashion show at the white house – talk about iconic.
Anybody who was anybody in the 90’s hip-hop game wore Kani. From Tupac’s love of his go-to Kani signature hoodie to P Diddy reppin’ those bad boy jeans. Through these icon’s immortalised images, the legend that is Karli Kani forever lives on.