Aimé Leon Dore designer Teddy Santis argues that, like himself, streetwear was born and bred in New York City. The unique cultural atmosphere of the city in the 1990’s greatly informs the brands aesthetic, specifically rap music and pick-up basketball games. But rather than copying the style directly, Santis takes the things he cherished about his upbringing and infuses them into clean, minimalist designs that speak to modern wearers. In a crowded streetwear market, ALD stands out for its quiet authenticity and genuine reverence for the city that made it.
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