How Pelle Pelle's jackets introduced leather in hip-hop.
From AJs to flashy pants, imponent designs have always played a prominent role in the rap scene.
Although there are countless pieces, only a few have left their mark on a generation, such as Pelle Pelle's jackets.
Aesthetics is one of the foundations of hip-hop, and this kind of flagship design is one of those pieces that build an even more fly look.
With a special place in rap history dating back to the first most iconic videos in the '80s, leather jackets got their spotlight when Michigan-based Pelle Pelle became something.
Glossy, with big letters, a few patches, and a distinct identity, the brand's take quickly became a must-have all over the USA.
Pelle Pelle wasn't for those who didn't want to be noticed. And this was probably the best feature of those huge, colorful bombers and varsities.
Giving the biker look a street touch, the sizing is one aspect that made Pelle Pelle fall into rappers' taste.
More than how it looked, how it dressed was something important in those early decades. A counterculture statement, the piece wouldn't be streetwear if it didn't catch attention.
From old school rap, being worn by Tupac, Nas, and Camron, to new school stars, such as A$AP Rocky, Asap Ferg, and Chief Keef, Pelle Pelle's legacy went on and their jackets are still objects of desire.
There is no doubt that the brand paved the way for other creatives such as Jeff Hamilton and Demna Gvasalia, who is investing in oversized and high-end leather jackets under Balenciaga.
Recently, even streetwear giant Supreme paid homage to the brand with a trio of black, red, and yellow Pelle Pelle inspired jackets in its SS16 collection.
Undeniably, the brand is a timeless landmark, and its legacy will keep people wishing for a '90s-inspired look for longer than we think.
While they don't officially announce a return to the scene, you should check what the full-time creative who dressed Lil Nas X has to say here.