After a successful capsule collection with AGOLDE last year, ASAP Ferg returns with the latest collection inspired by Harlem, Stranger Things, and females obsession with male clothing. In an interview with W Magazine, he discusses Harlem's influence on his style, working with Agolde, his personal style and more.
This is your second collection for Agolde. How did you first get involved?
I was linked with them through Scott Lipps, who is a good friend of mine. I was able to come in and basically be an intern for a week. I worked nine-to-five just learning; it wasn't glamorous at all. It was denim-making 101, from different zippers to washes. I got to meet all the employees and they showed me laser machines you could only get in Turkey, tumbler machines that use rocks to make jeans look more worn, sandblasters—I was like a kid in a candy store.
What inspired the style choices you made with this collection?
Seeing pictures of my dad and his friends back in the day, like late-'80s/early-'90s Harlem vibes. They wore these huge coats and army jackets. I was also watching Stranger Thingsand was really inspired by how the denim looked back then—like the kids with the straight, raw denim. It's a very vintage look with modern, shiny embellishments, like nickel-plated buttons and zippers.
You tend to wear really bold looks when you're on stage. Is your performance style different from your day-to-day style?
They're not that different. I may be a little more willing to experiment on stage with more looks, just because when I'm on stage, it's fantasy; I want to bring people into a different world. When I'm walking on the street, it's still fantasy because I want to be a walking movie. But it's just a little more toned down because I gotta be able to get around and have conversations with people. If they're distracted by my outfit, sometimes it's a hassle. So it's a little more formal, but still low key a costume.
Read the full interview on W Magazine.