In his new role with Tretorn, Andre, 42, is working with noted streetwear designer Jeff Staple. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Tretorn's iconic Nylite shoe, 50 different artists, including Andre and Staple, will customize their own pairs and showcase them at ComplexCon in November.
Atlanta-native Andre said he’s been drawing inspiration from what he sees on the streets in New York, including Chinatown and Little Italy.
“You always see dope people on the street. I live not too far from SoHo, so I see the hip new kids. Then nearby, you got the real street Italian gangsters, where (Martin) Scorsese and them grew up (in Little Italy). Then you see all the cool kids standing in line at the Supreme store,” he said.
The multi-hyphenate performer also gives a shout out to fellow Atlanta rapper Young Thug, who many believe drew direct inspiration from Andre’s androgynous style for his own eclectic look.
“He’s exciting,” Andre said of Young Thug. “There’s no box. He’s all over the place.”
Andre’s musical partner, Big Boi, recently released his third solo studio album, “Boomiverse,” and despite Big Boi’s stated desire to create new music with Outkast, Andre said the pair has an “understanding that it’s never friction.”
“There’s never pressure of, ‘Hey, man, let’s get back in.’ Of course, there’s always money on the table, but it’s never seen that way,” Andre said. “We’ve been blessed to not have to scratch for that money. Maybe it’ll be an issue in the future, but maybe not.”
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