Since you guys have been getting money, has that changed the way you cop clothes?
Not at all, I still shop at the same spots. Now niggas just get to buy what they really want instead of not being able to get it right away. There’s still shit when niggas shop and can’t get what they want. At the end of the day, I could just say this: if we had the money that we wanted to have — which is what we’re striving to get — we’d be way more fly than anybody in this fucking game. Shit is already natural, the price is just like, "Damn, I can’t cop this shit." That’s why I feel like I just gotta come out with my own clothing, so I could just design shit I like.
At the end of the day, I could just say this, if we had the money that we wanted to have which is what we’re striving to get, we’d be way more fly than anybody in this game.
What’s your clothing line called?
I have three lines. I have Toast To The God, which is male high-fashion/hood-fashion. I don’t even call it high-fashion, I call it hood-fashion. I got a female clothing line that I’m working on too which is called Toast To The Goddess. It’s the same shit as the male line, same vision, but it’s from a female’s perspective. I also have a jewelry line, which we’re deciding on the name right now. I have another clothing line called V.LONE which is affordable clothing-type shit — crewnecks and shit. I also just helped in the design of the R$VPA$AP coach's jacket.
What line can we expect to see first?
In a few weeks we should be dropping the crewnecks off the V.LONE line. I’m also doing jeans. The first clothing line is based around bandanas. I have ripped up bandanna jeans, which are like my signature jeans. I have bandanna hoodies, and bandanna T-shirts. It’s crazy. I’m doing everything in New York, this collection is going to be amazing, because I’m starting fresh.
Where will you sell them?
I don’t fuck with stores, I’m not fucking with no type of stores. All my shit is just personal. You e-mail me, straight underground with this shit first. I’m trying to build my own type of shit.
What brands do you mess with besides yourself?
I fuck with the same brands I’ve been fucking with. Raf, which is my idol, one of the best clothing lines. Margiela. Big fan of Margiela. I love the way he started off with his shit, that’s the way I’m trying to take it back with the essence of one-of-one pieces. Shit that you can only cop one time and throw that shit out for crazy ridiculous prices. When I become a big designer type, niggas can have that one-of-one piece that nobody has. My favorite piece that I wear a lot, is a prison jacket my homie Pat gave me from upstate.
My favorite brand of all time is “Hood By Air.” Shayne, one of the people behind it is like my big brother, he’s someone I look up to. Shayne took a break from it, and now Rocky is wearing it. “Hood By Air” is very rare, that’s how I want my line to be. You can only get it from knowing that person. Shayne stopped fucking with the stores, because they fuck up your money, and they can never pay you back if they don’t want to.
You have to understand, we’ve been doing this before like, Wiz Khalifa and all these motherf***ers. This is natural to us.
Have you had a chance to meet these people that you look up to?
Nah. There’s always a time and a place for things. Like when I met Kanye, I always wanted to meet him, but I never wanted to meet him in the street, because if I came over to him and he said some disrespectful shit to me, you know, "you lost a fan" type shit. I just feel like there’s a time and a place for things. I feel like if you work to your success, you can meet the people that you want to meet. Niggas worked hard enough and now we’re meeting the people we want to meet.
As far as the crew, do people in the crew look for your co-sign of what they’re wearing?
Yeah, I mostly wear some dope shit and niggas be like, "Oh, damn, Bari!" We don’t give compliments, we mostly joke on each other about our shit. Rocky will have a fresh outfit on, I’ll say, "You look corny right now," but it really means the opposite.
Another thing I want to talk to you about is Pigalle. You guys kind of blew their logo tees up.
I know about Pigalle through the “Hood By Air” dudes. Those two brands did a collabo probably like three years ago. I always fucked with the logo so I followed somebody from Paris, they got a blog and they used to just post on that Pigalle shit. Finally, I got in contact with the guy that owns it. The owner is one of my big homies and shit. He just showed me love and shit and I put Rocky on to the whole Pigalle shit like, "Yo fuck with this Paris shit." And Rocky has just been fucking with him ever since.
I feel like other rappers are trying to get on that. Do you think that's because of you guys?
You have to understand, we’ve been doing this shit before like Wiz Khalifa and all these motherfuckers. This is like the downtown shit, we’ve been doing this type shit. This shit is natural to us and these niggas are coming out here for the first time and shit like that. They gotta understand that we just started rapping and all this shit... people can feel the swag, feel the aura and shit like that. That’s why all the rappers really fuck with us. Kanye and all of them fuck with us because this ain’t no shit that we’re faking. Rocky doesn’t have a stylist, we don’t have stylists. All this shit is just straight off the head, shit that we fuck with.