BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe interview
Date: September 23, 2013
On the South Park photo and popularizing Givenchy:
"Do you remember our South Park photo? Remember how funny that was? Do you think there'd be a Givenchy in the hood if it wasn't for that South Park photo? But no one thinks of that. No one thinks of the names I got called for wearing tight jeans."
On bringing the leather jogging pants to Fendi six years ago:
"I brought 10 years of product that has added to humanity. And now, where's the culture at?! So then I scream and I'm sitting in the middle of it. Whether I'm at a dinner with Anna Wintour, or I'm at a listening session with Pusha, or me and Virgil are in Rome giving designs to Fendi over and over and getting our designs knocked down. We brought the leather jogging pants six years ago to Fendi, and they said, 'No.' How many motherfuckers you done seen with a jogging pant?"
On why guys shouldn't wear flip-flops:
"Shoes. You put on shoes everyday. You walkin' down the street with no shoes, somebody might think there's something wrong with you. You walkin' down the street with no headphones, it's like, 'Oh what's up? No headphones today? Cool!' No shoes? 'Look, man. What's going on? You having problems with the family?' Socks, at least. Sandals. Flip-flops. Sandals with socks. Keep it gangster. No flip-flops for black dudes. I don't care where you at. No flip-flops on black dudes. Wear some hot-ass Jordans on the beach."
On being a slave to fashion:
"You can have on a Zara pant, right? And a girl walks in with the Celine version, and you feel like shit. That is the problem. I'm talkin' about us, the new slaves, the people who love fashion. I'm talking about us, you know? 'Cause I'm a slave to it. I love it. I love it! I loved it since age five, when my mama brought me to a discount fur spot. She asked me what I like, and everything I liked was too expensive for us."
On designing men's shoes:
"I've got a very particular, specific take on men's footwear. No one can say I cannot design or understand how to design a guy's sneaker. When I was in fourth grade I was drawing Jordans when my mama couldn't afford them. I was drawing those Jordans. Getting kicked out of class for drawing them."
On Hedi Slimane and Saint Laurent Paris:
"So when I see Hedi Slimane, and it's all like, 'Okay this is my take on the world.' Yeah, he got some nice $5,000 jeans in there. It's some nice ones here and there, some good shit here and there. But we culture. Rap the new rock 'n roll. We culture. Rap is the new rock 'n roll. We the rockstars. It's been like that for a minute, Hedi Slimane! It's been like that for a minute. We the real rockstars, and I'm the biggest of all of them. I'm the number one rockstar on the planet."